THE FUTURE OF HIGH STREETS

Abstracts: May 8th, 2013

This report describes the challenges faced by traditional high streets with  threats not just from the growth of internet shopping, but also out-of-town shopping. There are also concerns about the so-called ‘clone town’ phenomenon, with local character being lost as major chains dominate the high street.

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EVIDENCE CENTRES TO INFORM DECISION MAKING

Abstracts: April 24th, 2013

Evidence centres are being set up to provide  rigorous, high quality, independently assessed research to support decision making at every level of public services. The Centres will  cover areas with public spending of over £200 billion.

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BETTER CONNECTED 2013

Abstracts: April 10th, 2013

This Briefing from the Society for IT Managers offers advice on how to respond to the developing situation. The advice is based on a survey of IT trends which shows that the UK local authority ICT market has a value of £3.3bn, and provides employment for about 27,100 people.

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THE SOCIAL INVESTMENT

Abstracts: March 27th, 2013

This report gives a snap-shot of the status of social investment innovation. It describes how public-private partnership structures are emerging.

The report from the Cabinet Office draws together the insights of senior policy-makers, investors, advisors, academics and analysts from over ten countries. It highlights a range of issues in the development of the social investment market. It also describes new social finance instruments, the experience of implementing Social Impact Bonds and the recently launched government initiatives to tackle social problems through payment by results.

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DIGITAL LEADER – IT MIGHT NOT BE YOU

Abstracts: March 21st, 2013

This Briefing from the Society of IT Management warns heads of ICT that they are not an automatic choice for the new role of digital leader.

Digital leaders appointed so far in central government have tended not to be IT specialists, citing examples of people with backgrounds in banking and local authority management with leadership experience in transformation, efficiency, customer service and marketing.

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MOBILE HEALTH WORKER PROJECT DELIVERS BENEFITS

Abstracts: March 14th, 2013

The report on the introduction of mobile devices at 11 NHS pilot sites sets out the benefits of mobile technology for health staff and patients.

The aims of the project were to understand the requirements of mobile working, and to demonstrate that increased productivity and efficiency can be achieved by making changes to working processes.

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BETTER USE OF TECHNOLOGY CAN IMPROVE CARE AND CUT NHS COSTS

Abstracts: February 20th, 2013

Greater use of information and digital technology in the NHS and social care will bring benefits to patients and staff according to a new study.

The study by Price Waterhouse Coopers, ommissioned by the Department of Health, found that measures such as more use of text messages for negative test results, electronic prescribing and electronic patient records could improve care, allow health professionals to spend more time with patients and save billions of pounds.

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SMART CITIES: HOW ARE THEY REALLY DIFFERENT?

Abstracts: February 14th, 2013

‘Smart cities’ that make effective use of information and technology to inform policy and decision-making are in fashion, but the same approach can make all government smart, argues the Society of IT Management.

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MAKING IT EASIER FOR CIVIL SOCIETY TO WORK

Abstracts: February 7th, 2013

This paper sets out the plans for the Office for Civil Society.

Intelligent commissioning will be promoted through the new Commissioning Academy, the Social Outcomes Fund and a £20 million central top-up fund that will bring in investment to help finance early, preventative programmes on some of the most complex and expensive social problems. In addition the Centre for Social Society will promotes the development of more and better Social Impact Bonds.

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CALL FOR MORE STRATEGIC SOURCING BY COUNCILS

Abstracts: January 10th, 2013

Strategic sourcing, a more sophisticated approach to obtaining the ICT services used by local public service organisations, is likely to offer less risk and greater benefits to communities than simple outsourcing contracts.

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