Posts tagged: "Good practice principles"
Posted on December 21, 2016 by Antonia Gracie
Helping Mozambique address its huge post-war challenges … the launch of a new book on the NAO’s 900 year history … a framework to help the UK government oversee the £734 billion of taxpayers’ money spent each year. The common thread is improved Parliamentary oversight and accountability. This aim is at the heart of the NAO’s role and therefore of the new book by former Assistant Auditor General, David Dewar; it was the subject of my presentation at the Houses of Parliament to a Mozambican delegation; and it has been a key theme of my work in our cross-government team this year. more… Ensuring Government delivers: an international and 900 year viewpoint
Posted on December 12, 2016 by Jeremy Lonsdale
The UK’s biggest ever aircraft carrier, the nuclear deterrent… behind the large and expensive defence programmes that we hear about are people. People who need suitable work environments and a home – and that means buildings. The built estate is a vital part of our defence capability. Yet the Ministry of Defence (MOD) faces a shortfall of at least £8.5 billion of funding over the next 30 years just to bring its buildings up to a good standard of condition. And that doesn’t include the homes for service families, many of which have been a cause of growing dissatisfaction. With housing crucial to morale and staff retention, there’s considerable interest in ensuring our service personnel are satisfied with their homes. So what is the current state of the MoD’s buildings and what are the lessons for other organisations managing large property estates? more… Our defence estate – right size, right condition, right price?
Posted on December 6, 2016 by Amyas Morse
I was delighted once again to be a judge for the Civil Service Awards. The awards aim to showcase best practice across the civil service, including inspirational leaders, excellent use of evidence, effective transformation, great skills development, committed customer focus, straightforward communication, and clear, practical and collaborative approaches to driving growth. In this blog-post I want to highlight some of winners and their successes. more… Award winners’ secrets
Posted on November 16, 2016 by Emma Willson
Many critical government activities rely on contracts. Following a review of our past work, and discussions across government, we’ve brought together our insights into what works well and less well across government commercial and contracting. We’ve identified case studies based on our past reports and what this means for emerging best practice. This post highlights our findings and explains the challenge for government to meet these higher standards. more… Government’s contracts – new insights into best practice
Tagged: Contract insights series, Contract management, Cross-government, Good practice principles, Performance management, Process management, Project management, Public sector markets, Risk management, Shared services, Skills
Posted on November 4, 2016 by Simon Banner
Are you achieving what you planned to achieve? Most NAO reports stress the need to measure performance. But how do you do it and use that information to get the best you can with the resources you have? How do you avoid the risk that (only) ‘what gets measured, gets done’? And how do you do measure performance when – like regulators and many others – you don’t have direct control over the outcomes, but must influence others? There are many lessons of widespread value in our new guide, Performance measurement by regulators, which focuses on the particular challenge for those who regulate the products and services so important to our daily lives, such as utilities, transport, health, food and financial services. more… Measuring performance delivered through others
Posted on October 20, 2016 by Ashley McDougall
Local authorities are under pressure. Demographics, cuts in central government funding, statutory services and public expectations combine to pose huge challenges to the financial sustainability of services. Has the limit to efficiencies been hit? We spoke to local authorities to find out if there’s still scope for improved value for money and to discover what works and what will prevent local public service reform. more… Local service reform: is it all about the money?
Posted on October 4, 2016 by Alec Steel
“Change is the law of life”, as John F Kennedy said. The big question at present is, what changes will Brexit bring? What will it mean for government departments? For local authorities? For people using services? For businesses? For the way government works? Amidst all the unknowns, one certainty is that we need a civil service able to manage major change effectively – not only new change relating to Brexit, but all the existing transformation of public services. Drawing on the extensive experience of our Operations and Process Management Community of Practice we explore key lessons for managing change effectively. more… The glue to managing change
Tagged: Amyas Morse, Brexit, Business operations, Change management, Cross-government, Customer service, Good practice principles, Information management, Leadership, Performance management, Process management, Skills
Posted on September 5, 2016 by Joshua Reddaway
How to apply open book accounting principles without the cost of open-book accounting
Government uses contracts to deliver many public services and has a duty to get value for money. Two recent NAO investigations illustrate, in two very different situations, how contracts can founder when the procuring organisation lacks understanding about the relationship between the contractors’ cost of providing the service and the price of the contract. That’s why central government is now required to apply open-book contract management. But expertise, time and effort is required to apply it in full. For low-risk, more straight-forward contracts, we set out a low-cost, minimal open-book approach. more… Contracting: A minimal open book approach
Posted on August 17, 2016 by Tom McDonald
Ever wished to be a Saint – or to visit the world’s oldest land animal: Jonathan, the 184 year-old tortoise? To help the 4,100 ‘Saints’ – the residents of the UK Overseas Territory of St Helena – to become economically and socially sustainable, the UK funded the island’s first airport. But the airport’s opening has been delayed and our investigation highlights the challenges and risks to Realising the benefits of the St Helena Airport Project. This is an unusual and fascinating example of project decision-making. It also highlights common issues about managing high risk projects, potential optimism bias in forecasting, and the challenges of realising project benefits. more… Forecasting for ‘Saints’
Posted on August 10, 2016 by Janet Coull-Trisic
If that is the case then we should scrap this post and turn it into one long infographic. But it’s not that simple: infographics are not the right communication tool for every occasion and can also be time-consuming to create. more… Trendy NAO: Visualising data