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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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Achieving an effective Health and Wellbeing Board

Posted on 01/01/2011 by Tim Gilling

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

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

Posted on 01/01/2011 by Tim Gilling

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

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Chairing and Leadership

Posted on 01/01/2011 by Luke Petherbridge

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

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Questioning Skills

Posted on 01/01/2011 by Luke Petherbridge

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

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A good place to grow older?

Posted on 01/01/2011 by Various authors

Helping scrutiny practitioners to prepare for an ageing society, and the needs and aspirations of older people in the future. …

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10 questions to ask if you are scrutinising services for looked after children

Posted on 01/01/2011 by Jessica Crowe

Scrutinising issues affecting children in the care of the local authority. Produced in partnership with the LGA. The ten question …

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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.

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To find out more about CfGS’s research and publications please contact Ed Hammond on