Project Reports

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Every Aspire Cohort culminates in the presentation of a series of project reports which are available to download as a pdf. These reports are the result of significant commitment, time and effort of the cohort delegates working in groups, but they also offer a valuable research resource, with a current and practical focus.

The projects cover a range of issues and we invite you to read and reflect on these reports and consider how they could be used to inform change within your own organisations. Aspire alumni will be happy to talk to you about the thinking and findings of their projects, so each report includes contact details if you want to find out more.

Cohort 1 (West Midlands)West Midlands Employ87A06C Colour

In this cohort an existing Head of HR & OD highlighted a key challenge for their organisation as the focus for a project and then undertook a project sponsor and mentor role.

Report Topics

In austerity, what is it about organisational culture that supports meaningful community engagement? PDF Image

PDF ImageWhat are the characteristics of customer focused leadership and how can this be achieved in a climate where demand inevitably outstrips resource?

PDF ImageWhat is the roadmap for HR & OD to enable the organisation to motivate and empower its workforce through engagement in order to maximise individual potential and to manage and measure by deliverable outcomes?

PDF ImageA paper on the most powerful HR tools and interventions that will enable councils to better understand the skills and capability requirements of a commissioning organisation

PDF ImageAppendix A – Sustainable Organisational Performance – survey questionnaire

PDF ImageAppendix B – Sustainable Organisational Performance – survey findings

Cohort 2 (West Midlands)West Midlands Employ87A06C Colour

In this cohort delegates selected a key challenge from a shortlist as the focus for their project and then used their own organisations to reflect on the issue.

Report Topics

PDF ImageEffective Strategic Business Partnering in a Fire and Rescue Service Context

PDF ImageSecuring a Sustainable Community Care Workforce with Staffordshire and Stoke

PDF ImageBusiness Partnering in a Commercial Local Government Environment

Cohort 3 (London)LGA logo

In this cohort an existing Head of HR & OD highlighted a key challenge for their organisation as the focus for a project and then undertook a project sponsor and mentor role.

Report Topics

PDF ImageDigital Strategies will become vital for both residents and employee interface not only for channel shift but doing as much as possible on line. What has been effect on those councils that have a digital strategy in place? What could we learn and improve on? Will a digital strategy create the opportunities to further configure services differently?

PDF Image  With devolution being the current buzz word, how would local government integrate with strategic partners both public and private? Is the time now ripe for “super councils”?

PDF ImageHow do we encourage and develop more commercially based skills within our workforce with a focus on unfamiliar territories such as income generation and traded services?

PDF ImageFocusing on such research as the ’21st Century Public Servant’, what will future public servants be made of? How can we encourage the culture and behavioural changes required and the development of associated skills?

PDF ImageAppendix 1 – Stakeholder Analysis

PDF ImageAppendix 2 – Graduate Report

PDF ImageAppendix 3 – Survey

PDF ImageAppendix 4 – Survey Findings

Cohort 4 (West Midlands) available August 2016West Midlands Employ87A06C Colour

In this cohort an existing Head of HR & OD highlighted a key challenge for their organisation as the focus for a project and then undertook a project sponsor and mentor role.

Report Topics

PDF Image Commissioning and Reward – Outline a model approach to reward and recognition that facilitates an effective commissioning local authority.

Death of the Appraisal – “Accepting the ‘death of the appraisal’, what next for local government to sustain a performance culture?”

PDF Image Role Profiles – “Ripping up job descriptions and replacing with generic role profiles – how far can we go and what can be achieved in Local Government?”

PDF Image Commercially Thinking Managers – What interventions and support are necessary to enable Public Sector managers become commercial thinkers?

Cohort 6 (North)North West logo new
In this cohort an existing Head of HR & OD highlighted a key challenge for their organisation as the focus for a project and then undertook a project sponsor and mentor role.

Report Topics

PDF Image Key Considerations for Successful Integration

PDF Image Appendix-1-Infographic

PDF Image HR Parenting – Enabling or Disabling Managers?

PDF Image Appendix B -Survey Results
PDF Image Appendix C – HR Open Questions
PDF Image Appendix D – Manage Open Questions

PDF Image Temporary Talent Transfer – How do we ensure our employees develop the necessary skills to meet changing public sector requirements?

Cohort 7 (North)North West logo new
In this cohort an existing Head of HR & OD highlighted a key challenge for their organisation as the focus for a project and then undertook a project sponsor and mentor role.

Report Topics

PDF Image Brokering the Deal – A New Psychological Contract
PDF Image Commercial HR Brand
PDF Image Is Having an Ageing Workforce a Problem or an Opportunity

 

“The presentation and report was well researched, having had a new senior management team at Dudley since the project started, the presentation confirmed many of the things we are now doing.”
(Teresa Reilly, Assistant Director of HR&OD at Dudley Council)