Shared services are saving costs for Local Authorities, but not all are created equal UPDATED FOR 2016

Shared services in Local Government is big news. But who is achieving best results and how are they doing it? The LGA have published the latest results showing the savings being achieved already. We have analyzed this data to find who is making savings, what type of shared services give best results and what size of partnerships should be pursued? This an update  on the figures that the LGA produced last year and our analysis of it. There is clear evidence of continued impact, but more so in some cases than others. For last year’s results please see our 2015 slide pack, contact us or visit the LGA shared services map at  www.local.gov.uk/shared-services-map. For information on training to improve your shared services and collaborative leadership contact our good friends at Shared Service Architects. We are very grateful to the LGA for providing the data and sense checking the outputs for us.     Share...

What is wrong with business cases?

We’ve been very busy working with nearly 200 folk across the public sector on building better business cases as part of our partnership with CIPFA (details here). We’re very proud that 100% of delegates on these courses have passed their exams – very well done to you all! Doing these courses has led us to reflect on the barriers to better business cases and in summary these are some of the main issues that come up time and again: 1. Insufficient vision – great business cases that win support are those that clearly articulate why this is a once in a career opportunity to do something better and different for users, residents and citizens (that happens to be cheaper), not the other way round. 2. Lack of analysis – compelling business cases need good data, good analysis and clear presentation of the facts 3. Not involving the stakeholders – there is very little point developing options that the decision makers were always going to say ‘No’ to. Much better to spend the time and effort on understanding what could possibly be a ‘Yes’ if there was a bit more detail and depth of understanding. 4. Too many business cases are a ‘sales job’ to get funding and not an exercise in ‘quality of thinking’ – the later is a team game involving co-creating a better future while the former is doing what you were going to do anyway but with someone’s else’s money to back it. As such it’s a recipe for ‘pet projects’ syndrome, or its even uglier elder brother the ‘zombie project’ (that long standing project of doom that simply...
Welcome to our New site

Welcome to our New site

We are pleased to release the new version of our website. Hopefully now much more accessible via all the different internet devices out there on the market now. If you want to know more about i-three, contact us now. Share...