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RE: Reducing "jargon" - Paul Dean - 19-03-2009 02:07 PM
Could I suggest that the CfPS, with its synergystic, innovative capacity, promulgates sector wide a paradigm of beaconicity to edge-fit a toolkit of transformational improvement levers downstream in this area.
RE: Reducing "jargon" - Gemma Waugh - 19-03-2009 02:42 PM
On one of our scrutiny panels we have co-opted members that are young people, parents and carers. As of the next meeting, we are going to provide a 30minute briefing session intended for the young people but open to all to explain not only the jargon but things like how the service the are examining sit within the council (and other aspects that a council employee forgets they have an automatic understanding of).
As said, this will be happening as of the next meeting. There are also thoughts to maybe scan through articles prior to the session and highlight key jargon to create a glossary. Shall let you know how all of this develops as it beds into the system.
Obviously, cutting out jargon where possible is best. But sometimes the jargon explains a concept better than several non-jargonistic words (report lengths could double if we replaced every instance of "capacity building" with "enough room in the system" etc).
RE: Reducing "jargon" - Matthew Garrard - 19-03-2009 03:03 PM
Thinking outside the box, to avoid this being a top-down approach could Paul's initiative be actioned by utilising an over-arching network of regional champions sparing the CfPS capacity and facilitating an interface for joint working and dialogue. The alternative would be to outsource to third sector agencies via a procurement process that ensures a level playing field to provide a framework for collaboration with the CfPS and enhanced external challenge of the toolkit.
Going forward this should enable quick wins for all us practitioners
RE: Reducing "jargon" - Nick Beale - 20-03-2009 10:02 AM
Could I suggest the following translations?
we have plans in place = we have plans
action plan = plan
forward plan = plan
pre-planned = planned
pre-warned = warned
pre-prepared = prepared
on a daily basis = daily
on a weekly basis = weekly
on a regular basis = regularly
proactive = active
executive summary = summary
key priorities = priorities
communities = people
RE: Reducing "jargon" - Tom Bolton - 20-03-2009 01:33 PM
Do I detect a "golden thread" developing in this post?
Oddly enough, it's not on the list, but I am heartily sick of hearing it used nevertheless!
RE: Reducing "jargon" - Josh Mynott - 24-03-2009 10:08 AM
Just a thought...
How useful is it for the LGA to be publicly criticising local government? We don't exactly enjoy a great reputation anyway. So whose interests are the LGA serving by publishing a list of made up jargon (which they've made up) which they imply local government is forever using in order to alienate the public (and anyway, they've made loads of them up)?
Did I mention that they've made them up?