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David was a great help to us in Blyth Valley in carrying out a review of the VCS infrastructure support in the area. He has extensive knowledge of working in the sector and his final report helped us map out a way forward.

Chris Simpson ,Head of Community Regeneration and Culture
Blyth Valley Borough Council

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Draft Programme for Government Framework (Northern Ireland)

I’ve just submitted my response to the publication by the Northern Ireland Executive of its Draft Programme for Government Framework. This is a radical, outcome focused framework based on Mark Friedman’s Outcome Based Accountability™ (OBA) approach. My comments and recommendations address

Turning Curves

Hot on the heels of Mark Friedman’s “Trying Hard is Not Good Enough” 10 Year edition is his latest publication“Turning Curves: An Accountability Companion Reader”. The book complements “Trying Hard” with a series of short articles featuring case studies from

The Leeds Story

When the Ofsted  (the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) inspectors arrive at a local authority Children and Young People’s directorate it’s a nervous time for everyone.  This was particularly the case in the City of Leeds,

Trying Hard is Not Good Enough

The tenth anniversary edition of Mark Friedman’s seminal text “Trying Hard is Not Good Enough” has just been published.  This essential manual for the theory and application of Outcome Based Accountability™ is a testament to the robustness and longevity of

Leeds City Council Success

Congratulations to Nigel Richardson, (Director of Children’s Services at Leeds City Council in the UK) and his team. His department has just been inspected by the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted). Ofsted inspects and regulates

Who Is Driving The Bus?

“Who Is Driving The Bus? One Legislator’s Road to Accountability” is the title of  State Legislator Diana S Urban’s book documenting her fight to achieve Results (Outcome) Based budgeting in the US State of Connecticut.  In my work training organisations

The Toby Lowe Letters

Some time ago I was invited to a lecture delivered by Dr Toby Lowe, a Fellow from the University of Newcastle, with the sensationalist heading “All Kittens are Evil”.   It grabbed my attention because it was about outcomes.  How could

RBA Summit: Reflections

In October I had the enormous privilege of being invited to participate in the RBA Africa Summit in Johannesburg.  It was an exciting and challenging experience, working with fellow practitioners from Australia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland and the USA with

Essex County Council OBA Case Study

For the last six months I’ve been working with Essex County Council, a large local authority in the UK, supporting officers and elected members through their Transformation Project using OBA as the basis for cultural change. This has involved running

RBA Africa Summit

 

I’m delighted to be joining an esteemed group of OBA/RBA practitioners from around the world as a guest speaker at the RBA Africa Summit taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa from October 8th – 10th 2014.   The conference is bringing