REALISING VALUE FROM ONLINE LEARNING

Abstracts: January 9th, 2008

Senior managers across local government are missing opportunities to hone their skills, as they fail to make use of the online resources available to them. This is the conclusion of a report from the Chartered Management Institute. The report identifies technological and cultural barriers that are hindering widespread uptake of online learning in the sector, despite recognition of the benefits it brings.

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CHIEF EXECUTIVES ON GOVERNANCE: COMMISSION OF INQUIRY 2007

Abstracts: January 7th, 2008

‘Half of the third sector’s income now comes from the state and it is imperative that the standards of governance in the third sector give confidence that taxpayers’ money is being spent properly. Whilst many third sector bodies have admirable arrangements on governance, many do not.

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GREEN ICT? CURRENT RESEARCH INTO THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF ICT

Abstracts: January 3rd, 2008

This report from the Society of IT Management describes ICT as having poor ‘green’ credentials. It currently accounts for some 2% of global CO2 emissions, which is the same amount as that of the airline industry. However, ICT also has significant potential to reduce its own environmental impact from equipment manufacture and use of electricity, as well as helping organisations become greener through adoption of practices like flexible working and increased efficiencies in business processes.

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VALUE AND EVALUATION

Abstracts: December 19th, 2007

This report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development highlights how organisations are developing a range of different methods to assess the value of learning. Learning, training and development can only be perceived as successful if organisational decision-makers believe it delivers value. Because training is about people development, it needs to take into account not just hard quantitative data but also more subjective qualitative measures.

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CENTRAL-LOCAL CONCORDAT

Abstracts: December 17th, 2007

This agreement between Communities and Local Government and the Local Government Association is set to radically transform the relationship between councils and the government. It gives unprecedented new freedoms for local areas and communities, but the document is pitched at a high level and has nothing to say about the implications of what has been agreed. It is, however, being interpreted as giving the power to councils to secure the dismissal of under performing chief constables, local area police commanders and chief executives of failing NHS trusts.

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WELFARE TO WORK COMMISSIONING STRATEGY

Abstracts: December 12th, 2007

The Department for Work and Pensions has set out a greater role for the private and third sector in its strategy to tackle worklessness. The strategy signals a radical change in the way help and support is provided to get the most disadvantaged into work.

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ROLE OF FRONTLINE STAFF IN SERVICE INNOVATION AND IMPROVEMENT

Abstracts: December 10th, 2007

This survey probed the attitudes of local government staff on how they view opportunities to be proactive, to innovate and to contribute to improvement. Respondents were divided into those working in councils with ‘beacon’ status and others. Staff in ‘beacon’ councils gave much higher response levels across all areas.

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LOCAL PERFORMANCE FRAMEWORK

Abstracts: December 5th, 2007

The new local government performance framework seeks to improve the quality of life in local communities and promote better public services. By reducing the number of indicators demanded by Government to 198, the way is now open for performance to be driven from the bottom as well as from the top.

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THE POLITICS OF TRAFFIC

Abstracts: December 3rd, 2007

This report from the New Local Government Network think tank calls for the Government to step back from national road pricing approaches and instead allow local authorities greater power over local transport provision. The report argues that councils should lead approaches to reduce congestion and consider locality-based charging if merited by local circumstances.

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SAVINGS WITH ACCOMMODATION AND FLEXIBLE WORKING

Abstracts: November 28th, 2007

This programme is now available to view on egovtv.tv, the online television channel for public service modernisation. It presents a case study of the London Borough of Waltham Forest’s strategy of flexible working and accommodation rationalisation, that is delivering annual savings of over 11 million pounds. In the last three years the council has improved service and value to the citizens by improving staff productivity and working conditions and consolidating the Councils’ property portfolio.

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