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Transformation by the bucket load

Perhaps then our job as leaders is to notice all that stuff that gets in our way: negative emotions, incessant thinking, our egoic minds; the contents of our buckets.

Innovative future leadership development partnership with Future Cities Catapult

The PSTA is partnering with Future Cities Catapult to make public sector leaders aware of the emerging global issues for cities and places and how to embrace the available solutions. Chief Executive of the PSTA, Benjamin Taylor said: “Real transformation needs a future focus so we are particularly pleased to be working with Future Cities […]

Regional Transformation Academy

The Public Service Transformation Academy (PSTA) are pleased to launch the Regional Transformation Academies, capability development programmes for change-makers centred and hosted in each region – starting September. Spaces are limited, so if you are interested in being part of a regional cohort we encourage you to register your interest: South West North West North East Yorkshire […]

Events & Programmes

Evening seminar in Bristol on Adverse Childhood Experiences

The Academy for Social Justice Commissioning are pleased to announce an evening seminar to be held in Bristol on Tuesday 4th June 2019, on the topic of “Working to improve the lives of those exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences”. In this free seminar Dusty Kennedy and Ellie Worthington will share how Public Health Wales are […]

Agile Master in Public Services

Delivering and managing change in the public sector is difficult. Public services are fraught with complexity and often provide support to some of the most vulnerable people in society. Planning change projects in a linear way using traditional project management approaches (such as PRINCE2) often holds organisations back from learning and refining their changes throughout […]

Evening seminar in Manchester with Shelter CEO Polly Neate

The Academy for Social Justice Commissioning (AfSJC) is pleased to announce an evening seminar on Wednesday 8th May 2019 featuring Polly Neate, chief executive of the housing charity Shelter, who will be speaking on the topic of “power dynamics in ‘service provision’”. Prior to joining Shelter in August 2017, Polly was Chief Executive for Women’s […]

Agile Master in Public Services

Delivering and managing change in the public sector is difficult. Public services are fraught with complexity and often provide support to some of the most vulnerable people in society. Planning change projects in a linear way using traditional project management approaches (such as PRINCE2) often holds organisations back from learning and refining their changes throughout […]

NEWS

The community paradigm is trumping the market mindset

Jacqui McKinlay, CEO of the Centre for Public Scrutiny, has a piece at the Local Government Chronicle singing the praises of local government as it keeps working amidst the “live soap opera of Brexit”, and riffing on the matter of “what comes next?” while drawing inspiration from the NLGN’s Community Paradigm report (mentioned here not […]

MPs advised to change NHS rules encouraging “defensive procurement”

The Health & Social Care Select Committee has been hearing recommendations from two panels on reforming or repealing existing NHS legislation that mandates contracts over £615,278 in value being out out to tender in the public sector. According to publicfincance.co.uk: Katherine Checkland, a GP and professor of health policy and primary care at the University […]

The third way revisited: a pragmatist position the “make or buy?” question

At the local government jobsite localgov.co.uk, Mark Whitehead takes the mic for an opinion piece on the zeitgeisty “make or buy?” question, wherein he makes the somewhat provocative claim that what is required is “market place nous and value-free analysis”. The need is to appreciate the nuances involved. For the time being at least, whatever […]

“I loved the interactive style of training which focused on practical application in our work rather than dwelling on theory. This was an inspiring course and one I would highly recommend.”

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Getting government done down under

The Australian Public Service Review panel has recently published a report by researchers from the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) titled “Getting the Work of Government Done”, which “explores the importance of commissioning and contracting in achieving outcomes for the Australian public [and] argue[s] for a more considered, principles-based approach to designing […]

GO Lab’s Rallying Together report now out

Did you make it to the launch event for GO Lab’s “Are We Rallying Together?” report last week? No worries if you didn’t — you may have missed a quality shin-dig in a great venue, but you can at least enjoy the report itself, which has now been published in full. Authoired by Jo Blundell, […]

A compendium of innovation methods from Nesta

Sometimes the title really does say it all: those innovation-hungry nerds at Nesta have compiled a compendium of their thirteen favourite innovation methods. The hot-list in full: Accelerator programmes Anticipatory regulation Challenge prizes Crowdfunding Experimentation Futures Impact investment Innovation mapping People Powered Results: the 100 day challenge Prototyping Public and social innovation labs Scaling grants […]

WHAT WE DO

The Public Service Transformation Academy is a social enterprise, led by public service consultants RedQuadrant, the Whitehall and Industry Group, and partner organisations who are thought leaders in commissioning. We design and deliver exceptional development programmes to build capacity to transform public services.

We have taken over the running of the Cabinet Office’s Commissioning Academy, the government’s acclaimed suite of leadership development programmes for commissioners of public services.

WATCH THE VIDEO

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Recorded at the Public Sector Show 2017, Benjamin Taylor talks about the PSTA and his consultancy Red Quadrant. Their mission is to help the public sector build its commissioning and transformation capability so well that consultants are no longer needed.

  • 5 key questions to help you evaluate and improve your services using a systems leadership approach.
  • 5 principles for the future of commissioning and transformation and how they apply to the different “worlds” of public services – citizen world, service world, management world, leadership world and learning world.
  • Why we should move beyond the idea of demand and need and instead focus on outcomes, allowing us to help people to achieve their life goals and purposes.
  • How triple loop transformational learning can help to change the identity of public services so that they are based on outcomes and not just the provision of services
  • 5 tips to stop things turning out badly.

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