We provide short, inexpensive but effective reviews to project owners on high risk projects or programmes where public sector organisations have to keep them on track.
Based on our tried and trusted approach to Gateway reviews, we have undertaken strategic reviews of council-wide transformation programmes, exploring the full range of alternative service delivery models, and developed and implemented an approach to assure “spinning out” services, for example, into a local authority trading company. This approach covers the key stages of decision making prior to establishing the spin-out and the effectiveness of the new organisation once it has been established.
As with Gateways, our assurance reviews are constructive and forward looking, making recommendations designed to maximise the chances of successful delivery.
In 2018-19 we helped our clients achieve:
In 2018-19 we undertook reviews of nine major highway schemes delivered by local authorities in England with a combined value of over £550m. We also reviewed plans for the delivery of a £60m scheme for new sport facilities for the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
We undertook reviews of six housing programmes which will provide over 5,000 new homes. This included four Housing Zones, the London work programme
of a national housing association and an assisted housing scheme. We assessed options for corporate property rationalisation schemes for several councils.
We expanded our training offer to include workshop support for project owners and bespoke project management capability training for councils and Local Enterprise Partnerships. We provided training to over 100 people to assist authorities build in-house project management capability. This centred around the development and assessment of business cases and broad project management skills.
We examined early plans for the creation of a new university with ambition to support better life opportunities for the local community and encourage new employers.
For more information about what we have helped our clients achieve, see our 2018-19 impact report.
The observations and recommendations will leave a legacy of learning and improvement far beyond the project.
Ian Watson, Assistant Chief Officer, Humberside Police
The setup and three days onsite work were challenging. We have now decided to continue the Gateway Reviews throughout the whole life cycle of this programme.
David O’Connor, Lincolnshire County Council, Assistant Chief Executive
I found your style of review both challenging and supportive, and very much focused on enabling us to improve, rather than telling us where we’re not. Such a style is very welcome and not always in evidence in such processes.
Bradford Council, Jill Campbell, Project Manager
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