more joined up way, according to a new report launched today by
Cabinet Office minister Ian McCartney.
The interim report on the 'Measurement and performance project
support partnership working.
Mr McCartney said: 'This government is taking bold and determined measures to promote partnership working. We are putting the needs of public service users first and their needs don't always fit into neat
'That is why partnership is absolutely central to our vision of
modernising government. It's about working smarter, about co-operation and not isolation.
'Partnerships allow the pooling and sharing of expertise and knowledge, as well as closer co-operation between agencies so that
they work together and aren't pulled in different directions.
'Our vision of partnership goes beyond the public sector. We are committed to finding the best partner to work with, whether from
the public, private or voluntary sector.'
The report's key findings are:
* where performance targets act as incentives to partnership working,
it is because they support shared aims and objectives;
* a need for greater co-ordination at regional and national levels
between government departments in agreeing targets;
* better communication between central government departments and
local organisations to communicate targets effectively to local
* a need to consult and involve the local community in the work of
partnership initiatives and setting local targets; and
* targets must be set using robust information with a proper
Mr McCartney also outlined action being carried out in the Cabinet
Office to implement the findings of the report, which include:
* producing a summary of best practice guidance on the MAPP website,
to help MAPP partnership networks learn from the experiences of one
* setting up an e mail bulletin board as a tool for sharing best
practice throughout the MAPP partnership network; and
* producing a checklist of points for ministers and government
departments to consider when developing performance and information
Mr McCartney also said that front-line staff must be at the
fore-front of the government drive to encourage innovation and
partnership, as well as the importance of embracing change and
finding better ways of working to meet public service needs, putting
the emphasis on delivery, not processes.
1. Ian McCartney was speaking at the second MAPP network event on
Wednesday 17 November, in London. The event was to discuss findings
and recommendations of the interim report and to identify future
priorities for MAPP. Participants were from partnerships involved in
MAPP and others who have contributed to the report and the project
2. The interim report considers how performance measures act as
barriers and incentives to joint working, using six case studies. It
* investigating whether performance measures act as barriers or
incentives to multi-agency working to deliver public services;
*supporting multi-agency working in using performance measures and
* assessing how central government departments could improve the way they use performance measures and targets for monitoring and evaluation of initiatives delivered through multi-agency working.
3. Copies of the report are available from the Modernising Public Services Group on 0171 270 6042. It is also available on the internet at: www.cabinet-office.gov.uk/eeg/1999/mapp.htm
4. The project is expected to be completed by Autumn 2000.
5. MAPP was launched on 27 April 1999 by the Cabinet Office. It
aims to understand and improve the use of performance measures and
targets in multi-agency working.
6. The MAPP partnership network is a group of multi-agency
partnerships, established under existing initiatives and overseen by
a steering group. The partnerships include a wide range of public,
private and voluntary sector organisations and are listed below:
* East Sussex and Brighton & Hove Drug Action Team;
* Bradford Health Action Zone;
* Bradford Crime & Disorder Partnership;
* Herefordshire & Worcestershire Business Link;
* Lewisham Challenge Partnership; and
* West Devon Environmental Network.
7. The MAPP website can be found at: