Understanding the relationship between a national award scheme and performance
Radnor, Zoe. (2009) Understanding the relationship between a national award scheme and performance. International Review of Administrative Science, Vol.75 (No.3). pp. 437-457. ISSN 0020-8523Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0020852309337689
This article, drawing on a large data set collected as part of the national evaluation of a UK public service award scheme, aims to understand its relationship with performance measurement, reporting and management. The data set collected over three years includes case study analyses, two national surveys and a staff survey. Through a framework of performance measurement and management, the article illustrates how there is little direct connection made between the award scheme and performance measurement and management, although recognition is made that they do support each other in driving and supporting improvement and performance. The article highlights the complexities of the current improvement landscape for many public services but supports the finding that many of the organizations in the sample are taking a corporate approach to the engagement with improvement activities and initiatives in order to support performance.
Points for practitioners
This article illustrates that award schemes can support performance, maybe not always directly with performance measures but in recognizing good ideas and practice for service improvement. Applying for an award, disseminating good practice or taking time to understand awarded practice from another organization all appear to have a positive impact on performance. It is also important to take a corporate approach to improvement. For many public service organizations, the number of initiatives focused on performance, improvement and service delivery is vast, from award schemes to audit and inspection regimes. Organizations need to decide which, what and when to engage with in order to support focused improvement and performance.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School|
|Journal or Publication Title:||International Review of Administrative Science|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Official Date:||September 2009|
|Number of Pages:||21|
|Page Range:||pp. 437-457|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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