What Does UK Local Government Need?. Tim Allen LOCAL GOVERNMENT KNOWLEDGE NAVIGATOR SEMINAR 23 rd June 2014. Ingenuity, innovation and forward thinking / early warning systems. Anticipation / prevention / managing ‘demand’: intervention now to lower cost tomorrow.
McKinsey & Company (but ref CIPFA / Audit Commission / others:
‘Adopt a ‘disciplined and systematic approach to solving public sector management problems that ‘favours the rational and analytic over the purely ideological’ and be ‘willing to abandon tools and techniques that no longer work’….. use better evidence for decision making’.
GoranPersson: Lessons from a Swedish Crisis (five cornerstones of reform):‘get a reality check’ – need thorough analysis / question every conclusion and develop ‘a conviction’ that will withstand scrutiny by everyone ‘from professors to blue-collar workers’.
Connecting the disconnected requires more than one-off interventions or exhortation so we recommend:
Local government leadership:
Developing / improving long-term relationships
Research and local government need a modern space through which to connect:
A ‘Local Government What Works? Centre’ (or equivalent):
Local Government needs:
1. Culture Change:
2. Connectivity: review What Works Centre further, but work up brokerage and connectivity recommendations.
3. Embedded Research: develop how this might applied.
4. Strategic Investment: develop potential requirement.
5. Examine what might follow end of current programme.