3rd Annual Performance in Government Conference

Venue: The Copthorne Tara Kensington Hotel, London

Location: London, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Sep 26, 2002 End Date/Time: Sep 27, 2002
Abstract Submission Date: Aug 01, 2002
Paper Submission Date: Sep 10, 2002
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This is rapidly becoming the definitive annual event at which policy-makers, practitioners and researchers come together to discuss developments in ‘performance in government’.

Two issues will be especially highlighted at this year’s conference:

How do ‘sponsors’ and stakeholders establish modern ‘performance partnership’ arrangements with service delivery organisations?

What role your audit and inspection regimes play in performance measurement, management and reporting?

The UK government will issue – in July - the third set of Public Service Agreements containing the top-level targets for government departments. At the same time virtually every part of the UK public sector now has not only mandatory performance measurement but also some form of audit and inspection of performance. This year’s conference again brings together official and critical views, practitioners and researchers, as well as international, national, regional and local public services. It provides a unique opportunity to hear and contribute and to discuss the issues that are affecting public services at all levels.

Speakers include:

Prof Colin Talbot - Professor of Public Policy and Management, University of Glamorgan and Director, Public Futures

Adam Sharples - Director, Public Spending, HM Treasury

Vivienne Brown - Development Manager, Careers Scotland

Nigel Barnett - Assistant Director, Social Services, Caerphilly Borough Council

Prof Steve Martin - Director, Local & Regional Research Unit, Cardiff University Business School

Prof Jake Chapman - Author of the recent publication "System Failure - why governments must learn to think differently" and advisor to National Assembly of Wales & Performance Review Unit (Cabinet Office)

Nick Sloan - Director of Performance, National Audit Office (UK)

Sue Barnes - Acting Director of Knowledge and Information, Audit Commission (UK)

Conference Agenda
Policy & Practice Day – 26 September 2002

9.30 am Registration and Coffee
10.00 am Opening Address - Prof Colin Talbot
10.15 am Delivery better performance - Adam
11.00 am Coffee / Tea
11.15 am Towards modern performance
partnerships – experiences from
Scotland and Wales - Prof Colin
Talbot, Vivienne Brown, Nigel
12.30 pm Lunch
1.30 pm Local Government, Best Value and
Performance: where are we now? -
Prof Steve Martin
2.15 pm Systems Failure: why performance
measurement can fail - Prof Jake
Chapman 3.00 pm Coffee / Tea
3.15 pm Panel Discussion session: performance
audit and inspections - Prof Colin
Talbot (Chair), Nick Sloan, National
Audit Office, Sue Barnes, Audit
Commission, OFSTED (TBC)NHS
Monitoring Agency (TBC)
4.15 pm Closing Remarks - Prof Colin Talbot
4.30 pm Close

Conference Agenda
Research Day – 27 September 2002

9.30 am Registration and Coffee
10.00 am Opening address - Prof Colin Talbot
10.15 am Panels - Approx 16 research papers will be presented in 2 panel ‘streams’ during the day. Delegates will be free to move between panels to hear the papers they are interested in.


Scarsdale Place, Kensington,
United Kingdom

Additional Information

The cost to attend is: Both days - £550 + VAT Policy & Practice Day 26 September - £350 + VAT Research Day 27 September - £200 + VAT Team discount is available when you book 3 or more delegates to the conference (£50 off 3rd place)