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December 2017
£149

The Governance of Complexity: national scrutiny conference for local government

December 6 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury, Coram Street
London,WC1N 1HT
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Exploring the biggest issues in local government scrutiny and governance Join more than 150 colleagues from scrutiny, governance and policy from across local government to discuss the latest issues affecting the sector. This conference sold out early in 2016 so we recommend you book early to secure your place and the best rate. Super early bird now available. Programme outline The relationship between public services and the public is changing. How we involve those affected by decisions, hear all voices,…

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Scrutinising council performance – sold out

December 12 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
NCVO, Society Building, 8 All Saints Street
London,N1 9RL
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The monitoring and challenging of a council’s performance is fundamental to scrutiny’s role. Yet with increased complexity, diverse delivery partners, private contracts and new responsibilities how do you accurately assess whether an authority is as effective as it should be? Much of the answer lies in understanding and extracting meaning from performance data. This workshop is designed for non-specialists and will offer a masterclass to councillors and officers providing them with the skills to understand what the data is saying,…

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January 2018
£195

Introduction to scrutiny

January 24, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Royal Society of Public Health, John Snow House, 59 Mansell Street
London,E1 8AN
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You have successfully landed a scrutiny role but what really are your responsibilities? What makes a good scrutineer and how will you know if you are making a difference? How are you able to maintain positive working relationships to influence policy development? How do members get hold of the information they need in order to be effective? CfPS's Introduction to scrutiny training event could be just the thing you need.  This one day training session, aimed at new members and…

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February 2018
£195

Scrutinising complex structures and delivery vehicles

February 7, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Royal Society of Public Health, John Snow House, 59 Mansell Street
London,E1 8AN
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Public services provided by councils are vastly different today from ten years ago. The way local authorities structure their delivery has become increasingly complex both in response to the tightening of the public purse and in order to provide greater flexibility and commercial opportunities. However, this complexity comes with risks for governance, accountability and transparency. How are arms-length bodies or independent companies owned by a council held to account for their strategic decisions let alone their actions? To what extent…

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£195

Expert chairing skills – new date added

February 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Royal Society of Public Health, John Snow House, 59 Mansell Street
London,E1 8AN
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The role of Chair is pivotal in ensuring scrutiny has an impact. After our September Expert chairing skills training event was over subscribed we're running it again in early 2018. As well as being very popular the course got great feedback with 89% of delegates rating the event good or excellent.  This course is not only about how to run a meeting – it is a course about how to be an effective scrutiny leader, an advocate for transparency and…

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March 2018
£195

Using digital to enhance scrutiny

March 14, 2018 @ 10:00 am
Royal Society of Public Health, John Snow House, 59 Mansell Street
London,E1 8AN
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Everyone working in Local Government understands that technology has huge potential to improve communication and engagement with residents. Whereas previously it was feared the digital world would create barriers, it is increasingly recognised that it provides opportunities to bring people together locally. However, understanding how local authorities and, especially scrutiny, can use these tools to engage, interact and listen to local people is a nut which few councils have cracked. As more people are online, connected through social networks, and…

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