Research & Publications - 2011

Board Governance Essentials: A Guide for Chairs and Boards of Public Bodies

December 14 2011

Board Governance Essentials: A Guide for Chairs and Boards of Public Bodies

Public bodies are an intrinsic part of the delivery of public services and it is crucial that their boards have the necessary support, knowledge and expertise to operate well. The Public Chairs’ Forum (PCF) and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) have today published a joint ‘how to’ guide for Chairs and Boards of public bodies. Board Governance Essentials: A Guide for Chairs and Boards of Public Bodies offers Chairs and board members indispensible advice on the roles that they perform, in turn helping to make their time with the board as effective and fulfilling as possible.

The guide is available to all PCF members free of charge and be downloaded here (password required). The guide is also available to purchase from the CIPFA website

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Transparency in arms length bodies a guide to best practice

September 06 2011

Transparency in arms length bodies a guide to best practice

Transparency in Arm’s Length Bodies – A Guide to Best Practice encourages public bodies to publish not only data, but also information on the wider issues of what these organisations are there to do: how they are governed; how they make decisions; how well they perform and how to access or complain about their activities. It identifies the key components of “useful” transparency in public bodies and puts the needs of citizens and customers at its heart. Research undertaken for the report suggests that casting light on these issues will be important to improving overall public confidence in public bodies. The guide is the result of an extensive series of interviews and meetings with senior officials in public bodies, public chairs, government departments, oversight and citizen advisory groups, academia, the private sector and not-for-profit sector, and the Cabinet Office.

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Mutualisation – an alternative model for Arms Length Bodies

February 22 2011

Mutualisation – an alternative model for Arms Length Bodies

Our latest report, Mutualisation – an alternative model for Arms Length Bodies provides information and guidance on how mutuals could work in Arms Length Bodies. The exploration of alternative models of service delivery forms part of the Government’s drive to realise the Big Society. ALBs are urged to think creatively about how they might be able to deliver their services differently, both in the interest of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of their organisations and as part of the Government’s philosophical drive for devolution. This joint guide with the Institute for Government identifies the options that different ALBs could potentially adopt in the context of mutualisation.

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Cabinet Office Checklist

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PUBLIC CHAIRS' FORUM WEB APPLICATION

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Cabinet Office have recently produced a checklist to help Arms Length Bodies and Departments to ensure that the most important aspects of managing transitions are considered. Inevitably, no one transition is identical to another one and depending on the type of transition you are involved in, there will be certain things within the checklist that don't apply to the specific circumstances of your transition.

So, rather than having to explore which parts are relevant to your circumstances, the Public Chairs' Forum has designed an application that will do this for you. By answering some simple questions about your transition, the application will produce a customised report and checklist, ensuring you focus on the right issues at the right time. We hope that the combination of the checklist and application will help to bring clarity, focus and practical solutions to an often complex process. Download your personalised report here.