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Appreciative scrutiny

Posted on 01/01/2012 by Su Turner

Using the concept of “appreciative inquiry” to add value to overview and scrutiny – a solutions-oriented, collaborative and engaging way …

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Getting wiser about growing older

Posted on 01/01/2012 by Su Turner

Sharing the learning from 26 areas where CfGS provided support on the scrutiny of older people’s wellbeing, and the role …

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LGA/CfGS guidance to police and crime panels on confirmation hearings

Posted on 01/01/2012 by Ed Hammond

Helping Police and Crime Panels to understand the requirements relating to their membership and composition. Commissioned by the LGA.

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Putting financial and performance management information to good use

Posted on 01/01/2012 by Simone van Elk

Helping those hoping to take the first steps in using performance information, and finance information, to add value to the …

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Local Healthwatch, health and wellbeing boards and health scrutiny

Posted on 01/01/2012 by Tim Gilling

Local Healthwatch, health and wellbeing boards and health scrutiny – roles, relationships and adding value Helping local leaders and others …

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Annual Survey of Overview and Scrutiny in Local 2011/12

Posted on 01/01/2012 by Ed Hammond

Looking at scrutiny support across England and Wales in 2012 – committee sizes and composition, chairing arrangements, the outcome and …

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Guidance to police and crime panels on the panel’s scrutiny role

Posted on 01/01/2012 by Ed Hammond

Helping Police and Crime Panels to conduct scrutiny reviews and to hold Commissioners to account through their work. Commissioned by …

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Police and Crime Panels – general guidance

Posted on 01/01/2011 by Ed Hammond

Helping host authorities to establish and run Police and Crime Panels. This guide explores some of the technical issues around …

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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.

Get in touch
To find out more about CfGS’s research and publications please contact Ed Hammond on ed.hammond@cfgs.org.uk