The organisations selected for the shortlist can be upheld as examples of best practice in public reporting and accountability arrangements from across the public services, including voluntary and private sector organisations whose principal activities are the provision of public services. The finalists in the four categories are:
-Rooftop Housing Group
-Bristol Missing Link Ltd
-Local organisations with an annual turnover of£50m or more
-Addenbrooke's NHS Trust
-Glasgow Housing Association
-National organisations with an annual turnover of less than£50m
-Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority
-Adult Learning Inspectorate
-National organisations with an annual turnover of£50m or more
-Driving Standards Agency
-Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
-HM Land Registry
CIPFA's chief executive Steve Freer said:
'Achieving high levels of engagement and a strong accountability relationship with the public and other stakeholders represents a huge but fundamental challenge for every public body.
The finalists and winners of these awards are showing us how to tackle these issues with flair and much innovation. We hope that many of their good practices will be emulated by others.'
Lee Childs, partner, Government and Public Sector Practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers added:
'This is the third year that PricewaterhouseCoopers has supported the Public Reporting and Accountability Awards which recognise those bodies which have made outstanding contributions to communication with public service stakeholders.
'Prev ious finalists have demonstrated innovation, clarity and high quality content covering both regulatory requirements and performance. They have provided their stakeholders with clear information on their organisation and the issues it faces.
'I have no doubt that the reporting standards set by the finalists have helped organisations throughout public services improve their own stakeholder communications.'
All entries have been judged according to five criteria: appropriateness for particular audiences; clarity; timeliness; innovation; and success in achieving response from the public and other stakeholders. And the judging process has been overseen by a distinguished panel of judges that includes: Peter Hewitt, Chief Executive of Arts Council England; Rodger Hughes, Managing Partner - Clients & Markets, PricewaterhouseCoopers; John Speed, Division Head, European Court of Auditors; David Walker from The Guardian; and Tony Wright MP, Chair of the Public Administration Select Committee.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 15 June 2004.