Research & publications

CfGS is committed to developing and promoting leading policy and practice in governance and scrutiny.

Latest Publications

Scrutiny Improvement Reviews – main themes & findings

In 2018, CfGS carried out its first evaluations of local authority scrutiny functions using a new method, and under a …

Guide to support combined authority governance of post-pandemic policymaking

How can combined authorities (CAs) alter their approach to governance for the post-pandemic recovery? Which partners will need to be …

Briefing for Parliamentarians on the Health and Care Bill

We have sent Parliamentarians sitting of the Public Bill Committee for the Health and Care Bill a briefing. This briefing …

Scrutiny Frontiers 2020/21: experiences from the frontline

This third edition of Scrutiny Frontiers captures some of the scrutiny success stories from the experience of Covid-19 and beyond. …

Audit committees and scrutiny committees: working together

Effective, member-level oversight of financial matters is a cornerstone of good governance. This is a guide for councillors on audit …

A practical toolkit for emerging combined authorities

This practial guide will be of specific interest for local areas seeking to establish a combined authority, or those in …

Combined authority governance during COVID-19: lessons learnt

All parts of the public sector have been subject to stresses and pressures during the COVID-19 pandemic. This ‘lessons learnt’ …

Featured Publications

Governance risk and resilience framework: summary

Posted on 08/03/2021 by Ed Hammond

A summary of the CfGS governance risk and resilience framework. You can find full details on the framework at www.cfgs.org.uk/governancerisk …

The governance risk and resilience framework: the seven characteristics

Posted on 08/03/2021 by Ed Hammond

This is a document setting out the “seven characteristics” used to support the CfGS governance risk and resilience framework. You …

Our research takes different forms:

Publications exploring the governance and scrutiny challenges which form part of new developments such as devolution, sustainability and transformation plans in health or new delivery vehicles. These are free to access, and some are funded by our partners including the Local Government Association.

Thought-leadership and policy development work which seeks to learn from our delivery experience or provide insight into new and potential challenges facing leaders and the governance community. This often takes the form of roundtables, blogs and think pieces.

Organising idea exchanges, best practice and support events including conferences, regional seminars and gatherings for specific groups of practitioners. These are promoted via our newsletter and you can sign-up here.

Running campaigns when we think something needs highlighting or changing. Often this involves advocating the benefits of transparency and accountability – an example is changes we promoted to local government scrutiny to coincide with the Communities and Local Government Select Committee Inquiry. You can read about our submission to the inquiry here.

Research is an area where CfGS is looking to increase activity. The aim is to have a good balance between work we fund from income generation and projects funded via grants and other research funding mechanisms.