At the end of July, EURIM (http://www.eurim.org.uk/what_is_eurim/notes_to_editors.php#short_definition) the independent, UK-based, all-party Parliament-Industry group launched the report on its investigation into transformational government. It had John Suffolk, the government CIO, and Sir David Varney, advisor to the Prime Minister on public service transformation amongst its witnesses. The report is brief, only eight pages with lots of white space, so not a hard read and page seven contains its list of twelve (strong) recommendations, numbers one, two and four of which I particularly liked and present here:
“1. Parliamentarians, especially those serving on Select Committees, take an active role in the governance of Transformational Government policy. There is a need for pre- and post- legislative scrutiny in order to help counter the disengagement between policy and delivery, and to offset some of the disadvantages associated with the change of personnel, often including ministers, in the time between primary and secondary legislation.
2. Select Committees actively use the powers they have to co-operate across departmental boundaries and to ensure that the biggest risks to this project are monitored, and are managed, so as to identify and praise good practice, ensuring that transformation leads to better services, not just cost-savings within silos.
4. Service providers also collectively agree and publish clear professional guidance on best practice performance management and measurement of success to better align resources and close the ‘policy to execution’ divide , including the importance of appropriate base-lines and benchmarks for target setting and performance monitoring;”
I look forward to the implementation of them all!