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Article discusses governments and disruptive technologies

The article, From red tape to digital disruption : how governments are becoming tech savvy, includes a discussion of blockchain technology and examples of developments in a number of jurisdictions, including Estonia.

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Article discusses advantages of a cognitive systems for government

The article, 3 steps to understanding what cognitive means for governments…, identifies three key areas which governments need to be aware of in order to maximise the benefits of  cognitive based systems.

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Report examines planning for community hubs in Ontario

The report, Minister’s Forums on integrated planning for community hubs (PDF 500kb), presents the results of a stakeholder engagement forum designed to, “inform how the provincial government can help to better integrate the planning and delivery of services through community hubs.”

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UK parliamentary briefing paper issued on alternative models of service delivery in local government

The House of Commons Library has released a briefing paper entitled, Local government : alternative models of service delivery (PDF 705kb). The paper, “provides an introduction to some of the alternative approaches being used by local authorities. These include the use of ‘shared services’, between multiple local authorities and also between local authorities and other public bodies; outsourcing to private or voluntary providers, and its obverse, ‘insourcing’; the increasing use of Local Authority Trading Companies (LATCs) to trade for profit, providing a revenue stream for the local authority; and mutuals. It also notes the development of place-based sharing of services via ‘community budgets’ and via the 2015-16 ‘devolution deals’.”

 

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UK NAO report examines the commissioning of specialised services in the NHS

The National Audit Office (NAO) in the United Kingdom has released the report, The commissioning of specialised services in the NHS (PDF 550kb). The report found in part that, “although NHS England took responsibility for commissioning these services three years ago, it still does not have an agreed overarching service strategy, consistent information from all providers on costs, access to services and outcomes or how efficiently services are being delivered.”

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Productivity Commission releases terms of reference for new inquiry on human services

The Australian Productivity Commission has released the Terms of reference for a new inquiry which will examine the, “increased application of competition, contestability and informed user choice to human services.”

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Research briefing discusses cost of youth homelessness in Australia

The Centre for Social Impact has released a research briefing entitled, The cost of youth homelessness in Australia (PDF 1.7MB). The study, “reveals that that preventing young people from becoming homeless by strengthening and integrating school and youth services at a community level could save an estimated $626 million per year across the youth justice and health services systems alone. Currently, the cost to society from increased interactions with the health and criminal justice systems for young homeless people, exceeds the total annual cost of all homelessness services across Australia for people of all ages.”

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UK Government outlines plans to explore blockchain technology for improvement to public services

A news item entitled, Government explores blockchain technology to improve public services, outlines plans to investigate how blockchain technology can be used to deliver government services. The article includes a link to a recent speech by the Minister for the Cabinet Office Matthew Hancock entitled, Digital transformation in government and blockchain technology.

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UK Government publishes response to the report, The Big Data Dilemma

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has published the report, The big data dilemma : government response the Committee’s Fourth Report of Session 2015-16 (PDF 220kb). The establishment of a Council of Data Ethics is amongst the recommendations contained in the report. The original report, The Big Data dilemma (PDF 830KB) was published in February 2016.

 

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