Abstracts: October 11th, 2004

All local strategic partnerships are expected to have effective performance management arrangements and those who receive Neighbourhood Renewal Funding must demonstrate that they exist. This paper produced by the Office for Public Management explores how partnerships are progressing. It found that the task is complex and challenging because partners frequently have multiple and competing objectives. It concluded that partnerships need to negotiate and influence performance management rather than enforce it. Given the complexity of performance managing in a partnership context, and the fact that partners themselves are at very different stages in the development of performance management approaches, it is likely that the arrangements will take some years to evolve.The report assesses progress as patchy, but it describes practises that are proving successful. They include a way to map the web of causal links between goals, objectives and actions using an ICT system for tracking and reporting progress and a ‘life stages’ approach to planning in order to encourage agencies to work together in new ways.

The report is available at: http://www.odpm.gov.uk/stellent/groups/odpm_localgov/documents/page/odpm_locgov_030736.pdf