There has been a tendency in more recent years to displace “government” (in the sense of the act or process of governing), with the word “governance” as a more fashionable meaning and for good reason. The term “government” was reminiscent of old colonial-style authoritarian mechanisms of directing society, whereas “governance” suggested a broader “steer” of society through framework-setting, communications and leadership-style. It appears to be more politically-correct in a post-modern society.
When it comes to the public sector, good governance means a responsible handling of public funds. In this sense, good governance is about both performance (how an agency delivers goods or services) and conformance (how an organisation meets its legal requirements and community expectations).
Good governance delivers good services which in turn lead to good performance and reputation.
Isolate issues, problems, and non-conformities, reducing impact on the organization and containing risk internally.
Promote and foster a culture of service, transparency and overall excellence within your organization.
Reduce the threat of severe financial impact on all the stakeholders, not least their communities.
The word ‘Management’ is frequently confused with ‘Governance’ so there are many myths about how governance works.
Probably the easiest starting point is to recognise management and governance are different; if something is a management function by definition, it is not a governance function.
The objective of ‘good governance’, is to maintain the balance between economic and social goals and between individual and communal goals. The governance system and the management system are symbiotic, but although mutually interdependent, the two systems fulfil very different functions. A well-governed organisation is designed to allow these two systems to work together to the benefit of the organisation’s overall stakeholder community.
GovernmentFrameworks.com has its focus on good governance and our design, technology solution and executive and management support services assist your organisation with the efficient use of resources and equally to require accountability for the stewardship of those resources.
Technology such as Cascade Strategy embedded with our Government Framework© design uses automation for streamlining governance processes. A cascading and flexible goal structure creates efficiency, accountability, and transparency, as well as ensuring compliance, assisting organizations to fulfil their executive and Elected Member/Official duties. GovernmentFrameworks.com offers a highly flexible, secure, and easy-to-use Cloud-based digital management platform that solves complicated and complex planning and reporting needs in Government.
Organizational exposure to compliance risk is rising while the cost of compliance soars. An ad hoc or reactive approach to compliance brings complexity, forcing organizations to be less agile. This reactive methodology makes it difficult to adapt to new regulatory requirements and increases pressure on management, employees, and third parties. Government today requires integrated compliance and risk management strategies as an automated integration function for effective management.
Our Government Framework© uses proven, scalable, out-of-the-box software that is easy to use for staff and ensures organizations are well placed to deliver good governance.
Governors and legislatures dictate the spending of more than half of education costs and yet are often the loudest voices pushing for “local control,” a historically loaded and ambiguous term. Even at the local level, the so-called rightful place for decision-making, there is no shortage of K-12 initiatives coming from mayors, city councils, and county commissioners that conflict with teacher, principal, superintendent, and school board-driven initiatives.
With the levels of policy and leadership churn we see in K-12 education, in the deciding who does what, all views of politicians, philanthropists, teachers, and parents need to be balanced with increasing focus on the governance model itself.
The success of every school depends on the way it is managed. The need for the efficient management of schools has placed much more emphasis on the nature and quality of the work of the head as the leader of a team of professional educators, and as the manager of the supply and effective use of resources (human, financial and material). The head therefore needs to gain clear understanding of all the forces and factors which contribute towards governance of the school.
GovernmentFrameworks.com can play an important role by providing a clear governance structure that would allow even small remote schools to have the appropriate governance controls in place. Our Framework acknowledges competing interests and brings balance to the governance process through more informed reporting over school plans and by providing greater transparency for school boards.
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