Civil Society Futures, a two-year independent inquiry into the future of civil society, aiming to provide a clear vision for the role of civil society in England over the next ten years, has been published. We summarise and comment on this comprehensive report in this briefing.
Shared services are now an established feature of local government. We consider here many of the issues facing councils and how they have been tackled by specific councils, and ask whether shared service arrangements and partnerships increase the likelihood of full mergers
What are the factors behind workforce sickness and what contributes to a healthy workforce? How can leaders and managers influence the content of any organisational health and wellbeing programme and how can they personally influence the culture of the organisation?
Data privacy is a complex and contested issue, often obscured in jargon and compounded by a presence in and out of the media spotlight. This briefing summarises the findings of a Carnegie UK Trust report on online data privacy.
This European Commission research is a snapshot of how the public services of the member states are doing. It provides a potential platform on which trends in performance can be measured across a range of performance criteria. The briefing is one of our series covering international local government issues.
The Performance Tracker is a valuable overview of the funding and performance of services across the public sector. Social care and the prison service are (predictably) identified as causes for particular concern: - efficiencies have not kept pace with rising demand and both lack credible plans to control future spending.
The McKinsey Center for Government report: Delivering for Citizens – how to triple the success rate for government transformations
McKinsey’s research has found that only 20 per cent of large-scale, transformational government change efforts fully succeed in meeting their objectives. Their recent report sets out five disciplines that they state can more than triple the chances of transformation success.
Huge claims are made for the potential of Artificial Intelligence. We look here at recent reports on AI, how AI can support services, and the key issues and challenges that arise in implementing AI.
The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee report deals with the criteria for deciding whether public sector projects are suitable to be run by the private sector, the success of PFI, and how the market is shaped and managed for the private delivery of public sector projects and services.
The DCMS Civil Society Strategy brings together the public sector, private businesses, charities and volunteers to tackle social problems and build a fairer society. Commitments include £165m to support community organisations, youth employment, address financial exclusion trial participatory democracy techniques, harness ‘tech for good’, and develop smarter and more flexible commissioning, social finance and public service mutuals. Local authorities are acknowledged as key agents.