Research & publications

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

Latest Publications

Local Healthwatch, health and wellbeing boards and health scrutiny

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

Annual Survey of Overview and Scrutiny in Local 2011/12

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

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

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

Police and Crime Panels – general guidance

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

Achieving an effective Health and Wellbeing Board

This publication is based on ‘Operating Principles for Health and Wellbeing Boards’ and laying the foundations for healthier places. This …

10 questions to ask if you are scrutinising arrangements for effective healthwatch

Helping practitioners to put in place robust scrutiny for the establishment, and on going review and support, around Local HealthWatch. …

Chairing and Leadership

Advice for councillors on chairing scrutiny committees and scrutiny reviews, and leading and directing the scrutiny function. This paper will …

Questioning Skills

Advice for councillors on questioning styles and techniques. Questioning is a crucial component of the “critical friend” challenge, an important …

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.