Auditing Best Value in Falkirk Council

AS_Twitter_Exhibit_COVERI was part of the team which carried out the audit of Best Value in Falkirk Council on behalf of the  Accounts Commission, the public spending watchdog for local government.

Our extensive audit work included interviewing councillors and senior officers. We held focus groups with councillors so they all had an opportunity to contribute their views on what was happening. Staff were also invited to take part in a focus group to help us understand how certain issues  affected their work, and how services were being delivered to the people of Falkirk. Continue reading Auditing Best Value in Falkirk Council

Exploring higher education…

College_jotter_smScotland has 19 higher education institutions, ranging from ancient universities like St Andrews to those established in the last 25 years. Some have a very specific focus, such as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. What they all have in common is providing a massive range of opportunities for learning and research.

I’m currently working with a small team on an audit of higher education in Scotland. Although we did an audit of estates management in higher education in 2007, taking a broader overview of the higher education is an interesting new area for Audit Scotland. Continue reading Exploring higher education…

What needs to be at the heart of community planning?

community_planning_cover Last month, colleagues and I headed to Glasgow to join 300 delegates from across Scotland at a national conference on community planning Changing Lives, Delivering Success: Turning Ambition into Action.

In the report we published last year, Community Planning: turning ambition into action, we found that there is a renewed energy around community planning since the publication of the Statement of Ambition, and the buzzing atmosphere on the day certainly reflected that. Continue reading What needs to be at the heart of community planning?