A review of local governance in Scotland has been underway for 12 months and aims to consider how powers, responsibilities and resources are shared across national and local spheres of government including with communities. This Swift Read outlines this local governance review and what stage we're at.
The testing of P1 pupils has been considered by many parts of Scottish society to be controversial. These viewpoints are described in this briefing.
DfE commissioned Early years research finds socio-economic factors account for longer term outcomes better than regional factors, and an Education Policy Institute (EPI) report finds there remains gaps in understanding of what works in early years education creating problems for policy makers.
Four DfE commissioned pieces of research have been published which consider the 30-hours of free childcare available to working parents covering the LA role in securing the extra provision, take up and satisfaction of parents, and the views of providers. Overall, the importance of good quality provision is highlighted.
This Swift Read discusses the Shetland Mapping Requirement as outlined in the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 and will be useful to anyone working in local authorities in islands and on the Scottish mainland.
This briefing looks at the ways local authorities are involving communities in Participatory Budgeting (PB) and working to meet the Scottish Government commitment for 1% of local budgets to be subject to participatory budgeting by 2021.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies produces a Green Budget just before the Chancellor’s Budget. It provides a detailed and independent analysis of the public finances and Budget policy options. We focus here on what the IFS has to say on the key issues of the economy and public finances.
The McKinsey Center for Government report: Delivering for Citizens – how to triple the success rate for government transformations
McKinsey’s research has found that only 20 per cent of large-scale, transformational government change efforts fully succeed in meeting their objectives. Their recent report sets out five disciplines that they state can more than triple the chances of transformation success.
This briefing, originally published by LGiU Ireland, gives an overview of the first national report on public service reform in Ireland, published by NOAC.
Huge claims are made for the potential of Artificial Intelligence. We look here at recent reports on AI, how AI can support services, and the key issues and challenges that arise in implementing AI.