There are different workforce pressures in prisons and the police and the Government must use the data to make clear the specific problems it is trying to solve in different public services, argues Alice Lilly.
A new survey shows just how many public bodies do not clearly report their performance. Without more transparency, there will be little improvement or accountability when things go wrong, argues Daniel Thornton.
Today’s Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Constabulary (HMIC) report highlights cracks emerging in policing. But the police service has held up much better than others. Tom Gash asks: will it continue to do so, or are we mortgaging our safety?
Today’s reports of a rift between No.10 and the head of NHS England show that the Prime Minister’s strategy on the NHS is to tough it out, pushing responsibility for dealing with mounting pressures onto the shoulders of the people delivering services, argues Nehal Davison.
The Institute for Government’s recent report ‘Local Public Service Reform: supporting learning to integrate services and improvement outcomes’ lifts the lid on what has been learnt on the long road to more integrated service provision, and how we might improve our knowledge of what does and does not work. In this guest blog, Graeme McDonald, Director of Solace, explores some of the key issues raised in the report.
Seismic shifts in the political landscape have led to uncertainty about the future direction of public service reform. Sophie Wilson explains why learning from the past instead of reinvention is the way to improve citizen outcomes.
The Government has acted on contract transparency, placing a new transparency clause within the updated Model Services Contract – the blueprint used throughout government for major contracts with public sector buyers. This follows the Government’s commitment in March 2015 to trial and adopt the transparency provisions developed by the Institute. Jo Casebourne explains.