Research & publications

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

Latest Publications

Rethinking governance for the 20s

An update to the CfPS/LGA publication “Rethinking governance” (2014).  A separate appendix is available which provides more details on the …

Rethinking governance for the 20s: appendix

This is an appendix to the CfGS publication “Rethinking governance for the 20s”, which is a new edition of the …

Planning work, delivering impact

CfGS has produced updated material on work programming and the production of scrutiny annual reports.  This replaces earlier guidance produced …

Response to Independent Review of Administrative Law

The Government has established an Independent Review of Administrative Law (IRAL), chaired by Lord Faulks, which is considering whether action …

Consultation response: LGA consultation on the Model Code of Conduct for local authorities

The LGA has (in late spring 2020) consulted on a draft of the revised Model Code of Conduct for councils …

Scrutiny, counter-extremism and the Prevent duty

With the LGA, we have produced guidance for councils on ways that scrutiny can effectively contribute to local policy on …

Improving the scrutiny of integrated care systems and sustainability and transformation partnerships

This practical guide has been produced in partnership with the NHS Confederation. It is based on discussions with around 70 …

10 questions to ask if you’re scrutinising climate change

A guide for scrutineers on how to go about scrutiny and inquiry on climate change at local level, with a …

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.