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Launch of the Institute for Local Governance

15th October 2009, 16:00 to 19:00, Sage, Gateshead

The Institute for Local Governance (ILG), a new and exciting collaborative venture for the North East, will be launched on 15 October 2009 at a high profile event at The Sage, Gateshead.

Based at Durham University, the Institute is the result of a unique strategic partnership between the region’s local authorities and fire and rescue services (represented together through the Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership); its five universities, the Strategic Health Authority, the Regional Development Agency, all three police forces and other key stakeholders from the public and third sectors. The Economic and Social Research Council is also supporting the initiative. The partnership has a shared vision to drive improvement and efficiency through collaboration, with the aim of establishing the Institute as an internationally recognised centre of excellence in research, knowledge exchange and learning in current and future local governance.

Investing in quality research, evaluation and knowledge exchange is critical for public services and their partners- no less important in the economic downturn. There are huge challenges ahead and the ILG will play a critical role in responding to growing and new needs providing the best evidence on effectiveness and efficiency. From its regional base, we expect the Institute will become the UKs leading centre for research and knowledge exchange with and for the public services.

This interactive event aims to give delegates the information and tools required to strategically and operationally engage with the Institute following the launch. Discover how the ILG will:

• Build excellence in current and future local governance in the region;
• Ensure public services have faster, smarter support for decision making;
• Drive efficiencies and improvements through quality and innovation;
• Help provide more responsive and cost effective services to citizens;
• Help the region face the challenges of the economic downturn;
• Better understand the impact of investment and intervention;
• Attract talent and inward research and knowledge exchange investment to the region; and
• Increase the region’s reputation and influence nationally and globally.

Professor John Mawson has been appointed as Director of the ILG. Operational arrangements and structures are being finalised and the ILG will go live after the launch event.

To show the kinds of benefits the ILG will bring this event will showcase a range of best practice case studies available, spanning the five partner universities, in terms of the current collaboration between the region’s universities and public sector, including research, evaluation and knowledge transfer partnerships.

It will give an insight into the ILG’s pathfinder research and knowledge exchange activity and explore how going forward the ILG will help identify and implement solutions to many of the key priorities facing the region. There are huge challenges

You can find out more about how the ILG will be an important vehicle for delivering improvement and efficiencies across a broad range of agendas, for example including:

  • Waste and Environment
  • Adult Social Care- Personalisation
  • Children’s Services
  • Customer Insight- Total Place

This event will provide an opportunity for you to:
• engage with leading figures from national and local government, relevant organisations, universities, research councils and more;
• discover how the ILG fits with your organisation’s aims and objectives
• develop a greater and shared understanding of the ILG’s role and its potential in the region and beyond.
• find out how the ILG can work for you and with you in the future.

Keynote speakers confirmed/invited include:

• Right Hon John Denham, MP and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government;
• Roberta Blackman Woods, MP and Deputy Minister for the North East;
• Councillor Mick Henry, Chair of the Association of North East Councils;
• Professor Chris Higgins, Vice-Chancellor, Durham University; and
• Professor John Mawson, Director designate - Institute for Local Governance.

Other speakers and contributors will be confirmed in the lead up to the event.

The event is free and will include a stimulating and informative blend of keynote messages, discussion, interactive presentations and demonstrations. There will be opportunities for you to contribute your ideas to the Institute’s activities going forward and to network with the key stakeholders.

Don’t miss your chance to find out more and how you can your organisation can get involved!

If you want to get more involved (for example, display at the event or play an active role) please contact Katie Crammen.

For more information, and to register, please click the link below

Or contact John Egan or Katie Crammen on 0191 334 0206


Timings for the event are as follows:

16.00 – 17.00 Formal Presentations and Keynote Speakers
17.00 – 18.00 Demonstrations of collaborative work between the universities and public sector in the region
18.00 – 19.00 Reception with informal networking

See the flyer for additional details.

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