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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 […]

Public service: state of transformation conference – it doesn’t have to be this way

Public service: state of transformation conference – it doesn’t have to be this way 24 May, 10.00-16.30. Camden Centre, Bidborough St, London WC1H 9JE £138.00 – £354 Our first ever conference held to share what works (and what doesn’t) in achieving better outcomes for citizens from public services, bringing together over 200 thought leaders and practitioners from […]

State of Transformation report 2018

The State of Transformation – it doesn’t have to be this way   Transformation. It’s one of those power words, like leadership, community, engagement, outcomes. They sound good, so they get added to ‘sell’ lots of initiatives or projects, but they are overused and often meaningless. So, over time, ‘transformation’ has become degraded. And besides, […]

Events & Programmes

Building Community Capacity practitioners network meeting

Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) will be hosting the next Building Community Capacity practitioners network meeting on 12th December 2018 at The Centre for Voluntary Action in Digbeth, Birmingham. The theme of the event will be “Routes to Wellbeing: making a positive difference”. Speakers will include: Patrick Hall — Research Fellow, Sustainable Care Research Programme, University of […]

Community Circles training day in Manchester

A training day to introduce practitioners to the Community Circles approach will take place in Manchester on 11th December 2018 at The Studio, Central Manchester. This training and development day is for people, groups and organisations wanting to explore the potential of Community Circles in supporting people to be happier, healthier and more connected. Community Circles are facilitated by volunteers who […]

Public Sector Solutions Expo Manchester

The Public Sector Solutions Expo Manchester is the UK’s must-attend regional public sector event. It will take place on 20th November 2018 at Manchester Central and is free to attend for those working in the public sector. Over 100 leading speakers and thousands of senior budget-holders and decision-makers will attend to discuss the future challenges and […]

Helping each other out of the crisis

Public Service: state of transformation The PSTA’s 2019 Conference The PSTA is pleased to announce its second annual conference, to be held on Thursday 23 May 2019 (venue to be announced). At this event, attendees will share what works (and what doesn’t) in achieving better outcomes for citizens from public services. It will bring together […]

NEWS

Will it scale? Two London-based social impact bonds evaluated

The social investment magazine Pioneers Post has published a short piece in which the evaluators of two recent social impact bond programs — both funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Commissioning Better Outcomes programme — reflect upon the potential for SIBs to reform public services at scale. The West London Zone SIB has been running since […]

Has social prescribing finally come of age?

In the wake of the recent King’s Fund conference on social prescribing, Lorcan Clarke and Tanyah Hameed of the GO Lab at Oxford University reflect on its potential, and on the government’s aim to provide access to social prescribing services by 2023. Their points are three-fold, starting with the observation that social prescribing is very well-received […]

ICMA white paper on use of blockchain in local government

The US-based International City/County Management Association (ICMA) recently published a white paper on blockchain technology and its potential applications in local government. If your first question is “what the hell is a blockchain, anyway?”, the paper has you covered with an explanation of the basics (starting with the idea that “blocks are data records that are […]

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ICMA white paper on use of blockchain in local government

The US-based International City/County Management Association (ICMA) recently published a white paper on blockchain technology and its potential applications in local government. If your first question is “what the hell is a blockchain, anyway?”, the paper has you covered with an explanation of the basics (starting with the idea that “blocks are data records that are […]

Final report released by the Civil Society Futures Inquiry

The independent Civil Society Futures inquiry was funded by eight foundations: Baring Foundation, Barrow Cadbury, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, City Bridge Trust, Esmée Fairbairn, Lankelly Chase, Lloyds Bank Foundation and Paul Hamlyn Foundation, with additional research support provided by NCVO. Its remit was seemingly simple: “To consider the future for civil society”. To do this we examined […]

Interim report from the Great Places Commission

Established in March 2018 by the National Housing Federation, the Great Places Commission has recently released its interim report, which summarises the Commission’s findings so far, and sets out 14 discussion points that it would like to explore in more detail. These discussion points are organised by four themes, as follows: People What would a sector-wide […]

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.

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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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