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EFFICIENCY UNIT                                                                                               iVISION AND ...
Foreword     In the past when societal problems were less complex and speed of information flows                          ...
Contents                                                         1Executive Summary                                       ...
Executive Summary    Why joined-up government?                           government is not the preserve of the state2     ...
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYyy   Helping public servants work more            the Government On-Line initiative. Running     effectiv...
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY    with the budgetary process and establishing         commonly used to tackle inter-agency4   relevant ...
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYreward interventions used. Particular posts      with success in joined-up government.may also be created...
1. Why joined-up government?    Public administration involves dealing with         By way of response to these problems,6...
Why joined-up government?While similar initiatives exist around the          rationalism, New Public Management (NPM)world...
Why joined-up government?    As later sections will identify, for many states   yy   Community-led effort to solve emergen...
Why joined-up government?Figure 1.1 Four roles for the government in collaborative innovation                             ...
Why joined-up government?     Table 1.1 Approaches to joined-up government10                               Description    ...
Why joined-up government?Table 1.2 Focus of joined-up government                                                          ...
Why joined-up government?     It must also be noted that as the nature and     as ‘joined-up governance’ (Pollitt 2003). T...
2. Recent international developmentsAs noted in Section 1, while the term joined-up   yy Designing targets that would bego...
Recent international developments     Case Study 2.1 An organisational level approach: The Social14   Exclusion Unit in Br...
Recent international developmentsThe UK National Audit Office’s review of       the programme was the use of ‘circuit-brea...
Recent international developments     Case Study 2.2 Policy issues: Circuit-breaking teams in New16   Zealand     The Revi...
Recent international developmentsCanada                                        networks for their citizens. A variety of  ...
Recent international developments     Case Study 2.3 Service delivery: The case of Service Canada18     Service Canada see...
Recent international developmentsAustralia                                     Service Tasmania (http://www.service.tas.go...
Recent international developments     yy There is a need for careful choice of the appropriate structures to support whole...
Recent international developmentsFinland                                          entrepreneurship and employment. Based o...
Recent international developments     Figure 2.1 Managing horizontal programmes across government in Finland22            ...
Recent international developmentsIreland                                          Citizen Centred – Performance focused,  ...
Recent international developments     Table 2.1 Joined-up government across government in Ireland24     Challenge         ...
Recent international developmentsCase Study 2.5 Human resources policy and leadership: Thecase of Ireland                 ...
Recent international developments     Singapore                                        the increased use of cross-agency p...
Recent international developmentsThe development of new public service                  ( The...
3. Making it work     A number of countries have initiated             Lessons from practice28   programmes to provide mor...
Making it workCase Study 3.1 identifies how such new            how a network of public and private actorspolitical and ad...
Making it work     Table 3.2 Governance structures used in joined-up government initiatives30                             ...
Making it workCase Study 3.2 Emergency situation                                                                          ...
Making it work     Case Study 3.3 From the bottom-up – the Caroline Springs32   partnership     The Caroline Springs partn...
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  1. 1. Joined-Up Government April 2009 Full Version Simplified Version Options of Red 0c 100m 100y 0k
  2. 2. EFFICIENCY UNIT iVISION AND MISSIONVision StatementTo be the preferred consulting partner for all government bureaux and departments andto advance the delivery of world-class public services to the people of Hong Kong.Mission StatementTo provide strategic and implementable solutions to all our clients as they seek to deliverpeople-based government services. We do this by combining our extensive understandingof policies, our specialised knowledge and our broad contacts and linkages throughoutthe Government and the private sector. In doing this, we join our clients in contributing tothe advancement of the community while also providing a fulfilling career for all membersof our team.This brief was researched and authored by the Research Division, Institute of PublicAdministration, Ireland ( The Research Division provides appliedresearch services for policy makers in a wide range of public service organisations, drawingon an extensive network of contacts and experience gained over more than thirty years.Other Efficiency Unit DocumentsThe Efficiency Unit has produced a number of guides on good practice on a wide rangeof areas, including outsourcing and contract management. These may be found on theEfficiency Unit website at Full Version Simplified VersionJoined-up Government
  3. 3. Foreword In the past when societal problems were less complex and speed of information flows Conii less fast, governments worldwide could survive by pigeon-holing problems. This no longer works in the modern society. Efforts to address complex problems such as waste management, the family, drug abuse and public health, etc. can no longer be contained within departmental boundaries. Fragmented and uncoordinated handling of public Exec issues often attracts more criticisms than the issue itself. Many public sectors in developed economies are consequently embarking on a ‘joined-up’ government drive. 1. W Opinion surveys on public services consistently point out that the Government scores relatively less well in its ‘responsiveness’. This suggests that our citizens are becoming increasingly demanding. More and more, the public is aware of the service delivery provided by the private sector and expects the public service to match the efficiency, coordination and convenience offered by the best in the private business world. 2. R The Hong Kong Administration does, from time to time, reorganise its structure so that this more closely matches the needs, priorities and expectations of the community. But despite such positive moves, there will always be issues that fall within the purview of multiple bureaux, departments, non-government organisations and private sector service providers. Addressing these cross-cutting challenges is rarely easy. Greater use of e-technology is one means of dealing with the problems, but it is far from the only approach that is needed. It is a tall order to expect our frontline staff to act in a joined-up manner if there is no display 3. M of commitment from the top. Experience shows that breaking of silos is the most difficult change management agenda of all. This, however, will be the ultimate test of government efficiency as well as public trust. 4. C This report explains what is meant by joined-up government, and highlights some of the successful – and unsuccessful – approaches that have been adopted by other governments. We hope that it will provide some inspiring food for thought. R Head, Efficiency Unit April 2009 Full Version Simplified Version Joined-up Government
  4. 4. Contents 1Executive Summary 21. Why joined-up government? 6 Origins of joined-up government Objectives of joined-up government Benefits of joined-up government2. Recent international developments 13 Britain New Zealand Canada Australia Finland Ireland Singapore3. Making it work 28 Lessons from practice Failures4. Conclusions: critical success factors and common barriers 39 Critical success factors Common barriers References 45
  5. 5. Executive Summary Why joined-up government? government is not the preserve of the state2 apparatus alone, and governments frequently Public administration involves dealing with engage in new forms of collaboration with a myriad of tasks. Some of these tasks are non-government or civil society organisations straightforward and easily attended to, while in a bid to achieve a joined-up approach. others are more complex or ‘cross-cutting’. These latter issues pose implementation Focus and benefits of challenges for the ‘top-down’, hierarchical joined-up government arrangement of government. Such challenges are not always appreciated by the public, The focus of joined-up government can vary who are accustomed to instant customer- considerably. For example, it may refer to centred services provided by the private the organisational level (inter-departmental, sector. The rising expectations of citizens or national-local); to a particular social mean that fragmented structures for public group (pensioners, immigrants); to a policy service delivery are not tolerable. In response, issue/sector (transport, education); to a new methods and forms of organisation and geographical area (neighbourhood, county); action have been developed in order for this or to mode of service delivery (one-stop- fragmentation to be successfully addressed, shop, e-government portal). Based on these and also to allow governments to transcend interpretations, we can therefore say that traditional ‘silos’ as they tackle persistent and joined-up government is those policies and emerging challenges. One term that has practices which overcome traditional boundaries come into common usage to capture this in order to improve services to particular social development is joined-up government. or population groups, and which enhance government and sectoral coherence. As with many such terms, however, joined-up government denotes a wide range of activities Some of the perceived benefits of joined-up and developments. In general, joined-up government include: initiatives seek to enhance coordination and yy Improving outcomes for a particular integration within public sectors that have group or location become too disjointed. They also seek to yy Addressing complex social or economic align incentives, structures and cultures of issues authority in order to fit critical tasks that cross yy Exploiting economies of scale organisational boundaries. E-government yy Improving service delivery by delivering services through alternative means initiatives have become one of the more yy Promoting thinking about new ways common means of joining up public services, of doing things by bringing together but as this report demonstrates, effective people from a range of backgrounds joined-up government requires more that and perspectives just e-services. Furthermore, joined-up Full Version Simplified Version Joined-up Government
  6. 6. EXECUTIVE SUMMARYyy Helping public servants work more the Government On-Line initiative. Running effectively together parallel to the e-government programme 3yy Improving public servants’ experience was a related initiative known as Modernizing of problem solving. Services for Canadians (MSC) which sought to create a new foundation for deliveringJoined-up government: citizen-centred services by electronic means.International developments Following the MSC initiative, Service Canada was officially launched in 2005 which seeksIt was the New Labour Government who, on to improve the interface between the federalentering office in Britain in 1997, coined the government and the public through moreterm joined-up government to capture its integrated and innovative service offerings.intent for public sector reform. Key features Similar initiatives have taken place at theof the British initiative have included: new provincial or state level.structures such as cross-departmental policydevelopment and delivery units within the In Australia, a number of one-stop-shopsCabinet Office, research into how the civil were created at both federal and state levelservice could better manage cross-cutting to provide easier citizen access to services.issues, and the allocation of cross-cutting This was supported by the governmentportfolios to ministers. Mirroring developments identifying whole-of-government prioritiesin Britain, similar schemes designed to achieve and policies and developing guidelines forgreater joined-up government have been working across boundaries in government.undertaken in other states. Also, initiatives to develop integrated and coordinated responses to particular issuesIn New Zealand, the government’s 2001 were created, as well as guidelines for publicReview of the Centre report found that there servants engaged in projects involvingwas a need for greater focus on outcomes; different public service agencies.greater citizen and community involvementin the policy process; and more emphasis In Finland, new structural arrangements haveon public service culture and leadership. been employed at the most senior politicalIn response, circuit-breaker teams were level to achieve more joined-up government.created to tackle apparently intractable The Finnish government identifies and agreesproblems, and a greater emphasis was placed annually a small number of priority areason better integration of policy and operational which require a horizontal or cross-ministerialissues. Also, standardised governance approach. Each horizontal programme areaarrangements for public service agencies has a responsible minister who coordinates awere introduced. group of relevant ministers while a programme director manages a network of civil servantsIn Canada, considerable emphasis was from these ministries. This approach alsoplaced on e-government, as evidenced by requires matching the horizontal programmes Full Version Simplified VersionJoined-up Government
  7. 7. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY with the budgetary process and establishing commonly used to tackle inter-agency4 relevant indicators of success. matters. In Ireland, in response to increased public Joined-up government: service fragmentation, the government Making it work commissioned the OECD to prepare a report that would benchmark its public service and Joined-up government should not be a make recommendations as to the future one-off event but an ongoing series of direction of public service reform. The final interactions. In order to achieve this, it is report – Ireland: Towards an Integrated Public common to create new structures and Service – was published in 2008 and identifies processes to oversee and account for the a number of challenges facing the service. For delivery of outcomes. In those states where each of these, a number of recommendations joined-up government initiatives have been are identified to promote greater integration introduced, such arrangements are developed across the public service, including the creation both at the political level (such as cabinet of a Senior Executive Service. In response, the sub-committees or horizontal ministerial Irish government established a task force to portfolios) and within the administrative identify the best means of implementing the system (such as cross-departmental working recommendations of the OECD report and groups or inter-agency task forces). In some achieve improvements across government, cases, local or bottom-up attempts at achieving including better coordination and integration joined-up government are more innovative of service providers and the development and successful than those at national level of a whole-of-government ethos. and have lessons to offer for any joined-up government initiative. In Singapore, a government reform programme known as PS21 – Public Service for the 21st Changing the culture and mindsets of Century – has been in progress for over a participants to engage in collaborative decade. As part of this programme, since working is an issue commonly worked on in 2000 a number of successive e-government successful joined-up government initiatives. It action plans have provided the basis of greater takes energy and leadership to get participants service integration and accessibility. Through to put common goals first rather than simply its use of standards-based infrastructure, taking their own organisational perspective. application services and supporting processes Reward systems and the use of incentives can and procedures, Singapore has emerged as be helpful here, as they can be used more one of the world leaders in e-services. The generally in encouraging better coordination slogan ‘many agencies, one government’ and cooperation. Joint funding applications, has captured the nature of these reforms, pooled budgets and linking remuneration to and cross-agency project teams are now joined-up targets are examples of the type of Full Version Simplified Version Joined-up Government
  8. 8. EXECUTIVE SUMMARYreward interventions used. Particular posts with success in joined-up government.may also be created which are designed Furthermore, for public servants used to 5to act as boundary-spanners: linking the working in discrete parts of the publicwork of different organisations which share sector, engaging in substantive joined-upcommon goals. government work requires greater emphasis on particular values including collaboration,Equally, it must be recognised that there integration, innovation, risk-taking andare many examples of failures in joined-up flexibility. Organisational flexibility also assistsgovernment initiatives, particularly in the area joined-up government as does the ability ofof e-government and the use of IT to integrate staff to think and act across organisationalservices. Some of the most common reasons boundaries. A final key ingredient in thefor such failures include stakeholders holding pursuit of successful joined-up governmentdifferent views as to how best problems is political engagement and commitment.requiring a joined-up approach shouldbe addressed, the creation of unrealistic Barriers to joined-up government includetimeframes for project development and budget protection and the safeguardingdelivery, the existence of many bodies with by individuals or institutions of their areaoverlapping functions, and a propensity to of influence. Bureaucratic politics can alsogroup-think leading to adverse outcomes. inhibit joined-up government, as will technical issues (particularly in relation to IT). TheAchieving joined-up non-recognition of other stakeholders’government: Critical success perspectives is inimical to the developmentfactors and barriers of common goals as is the absence of a culture of support for joined-up activity.Based on international experiences, a number There should also be a means to recogniseof common critical success factors towards shared outcomes and responsibilities, suchachieving joined-up government can be as shared performance indicators. Finally,identified. These include the identification of when a joined-up government approach isclear objectives and political commitment, used to tackle cross-cutting issues, a numberthe existence of viable structures (particularly of steps to improve the evaluation of theat lower levels of government), the allocation approach can be made. These include theof an appropriate budget and the alignment selection of a limited number of topics forof that budget with joined-up goals and clear evaluation, linking the evaluation to theaccountability lines. wider budgetary process, achieving political engagement and oversight, and adequatelyAs with any successful project, strong resourcing such evaluations. These steps willleadership and the articulation of a clear help measure the success or otherwise ofcommon purpose are also strongly correlated the joined-up approach adopted. Full Version Simplified VersionJoined-up Government
  9. 9. 1. Why joined-up government? Public administration involves dealing with By way of response to these problems,6 a myriad of tasks. Some of these tasks are governments across the globe are seeking straightforward and easily attended to, while to create more responsive and flexible others are more complex or ‘cross-cutting’. administrative systems which transcend Such issues tend to outstrip conventional traditional structures and ‘silos’, and encourage patterns of thought and organisation, and new behaviours to meet persistent and require supports that transcend institutionally emerging challenges. Joined-up government is defined policy fields. Also, as the apparatus of one term that has come into common usage state in developed economies has continued to capture this contemporary approach to to grow in recent years, it has become governing. As with all such terms, however, common to hear of persistent social and joined-up government denotes a wide economic problems being blamed on a lack range of activities and developments. An of ‘joined-up policy’ or ‘joined-up thinking’. examination of the term’s origins provides This has given rise to the familiar theme in a useful starting point for a more detailed much public management literature that examination. the traditional hierarchical ‘command and control’ arrangement of government, while Origins of joined-up providing for clear lines of delegation and government accountability, is insufficient to deal with issues or tasks that do not fit easily within one Achieving coherent administration is not a segment of the state’s governing machinery. new goal of governments. Traditionally, several Instead, it is proposed that new methods methods have been used by states seeking and forms of organisation and action are to achieve consistent and well-organised required in order for these matters to be processes of governing. For example, the successfully addressed. development of a common identity or culture within the system of public administration Furthermore, citizen expectations of led some states to create an elite within service quality in the public sector have their public service who were trained and increased dramatically as a consequence shared common values and approaches to of developments in the private sector, governing. Other states placed an emphasis where service quality has improved as the on managerial skills and instruments, while competitive advantage it brings to business is others still have relied on structural changes recognised. Public services are expected to be such as mergers and reorganisation within and efficient and effective, and citizens are less and across the public service. However, achieving less tolerant of having to deal with multiple excellence in joined-up government has service providers, excessive paperwork or re-emerged in recent years as a central goal geographically dispersed government offices of governments internationally. in their pursuit of services. Full Version Simplified Version Joined-up Government
  10. 10. Why joined-up government?While similar initiatives exist around the rationalism, New Public Management (NPM)world, joined-up government is principally seeks to import market ideas concerning 7associated as a term coined to describe a key efficiency and effectiveness into theobjective of the New Labour government implementation of public policy in order(New Labour) which came to power to tackle a perceived lack of performancein Britain in 1997. Writing on the British and weak policy capacity. While NPM hasexperience, Ling argues that it is ‘best viewed inspired new modes of working withinas a group of responses to the perception public services, it has also led to claimsthat services had become fragmented and that the public service has become morethat this fragmentation was preventing institutionally fragmented. Fragmentation hasthe achievement of important goals of occurred due to devolution, decentralisation,public policy’ (Ling 2002: 616). He continues, outsourcing, privatisation and even delegation‘joined-up working aims to coordinate of functions (Pollitt and Talbot, 2004; Verhoestactivities across organisational boundaries et al 2007: 327). By way of response to thiswithout removing the boundaries themselves’. pattern, there is evidence that many statesJoined-up government was also regarded as are now moving towards addressing thisa response to the perceived weaknesses of disaggregation by initiating joined-up (or‘conventional’ public administration. whole-of-government) approaches in order to rejoin seemingly disparate parts of theAlso writing on the New Labour initiative, public service (Perri 6 et al 2002; Christensen,Mulgan proposes that the concern with Amund and Laegrid, 2007).joined-up government stems primarily fromtwo issues. Firstly, the problem of coordination Other dynamics inspiring the emergence ofbetween public bodies. Secondly, the problem joined-up government include:of organisation and integration, i.e. how toalign incentives, structures and cultures of yy A public that is unsympathetic to theauthority in order to fit critical tasks that cross fragmented nature of government andboundaries between organisations (Mulgan increasingly expects a range of diverse2005: 175–6). Significantly, for both Ling services to be obtainable at a singleand Mulgan, joined-up government does point of contact – either physically ornot imply replacing departmental or other via electronic meansorganisational structures – rather it seeks to yy A desire amongst politicians for greatercomplement and enhance their work. involvement in the service delivery and implementation process yy A perceived decline in common cultureEnthusiasm for joined-up government is also a or shared values in the public service.reaction to the effects of managerialism in thepublic sector which has been ongoing sincethe early 1980s. Inspired by ideas of economic Full Version Simplified VersionJoined-up Government
  11. 11. Why joined-up government? As later sections will identify, for many states yy Community-led effort to solve emergent8 the pursuit of joined-up government has been or ill-defined problems that are related to spearheaded by innovation in information the agency’s services but the solutions to and communication technology (ICT), and which lie outside of the agency’s control in particular the use of web-based services (e.g. disaster management) to allow citizens greater ease of access and yy Community-led effort to solve well- flexibility in service delivery. It is common to defined problems that complement the find e-government strategies being developed agency’s work (e.g. developing innovative, across the globe as public administrations seek citizen-based, crime prevention programmes). to maximise the benefits of ICT. It must be noted, however, that while it is an important In this context, Nambisan proposes that development in itself, e-government alone governments must adopt different roles is not sufficient for a meaningful system of (Figure 1.1): joined-up government. yy Innovation integrator: bringing together Objectives of joined-up external partners to innovate based government on defined innovation architecture, and facilitating the integration of those Governments across the globe are seeking to contributions (see for example Case engage with non-governmental organisations Study 2.3). (NGOs) in new ways to solve problems. yy Innovation seeker: public agencies Nambisan proposes that there are four ‘distinct seek out innovative ideas from a collaborative innovation and problem-solving diverse network of citizens, volunteer contexts’ which government agencies are scientists and researchers, and non-profit likely to face in the 21st century (Nambisan organisations for use in new services 2008: 9). These are: and programmes (see for example Case Study 2.2). yy Government-led collaborative efforts yy Innovation champion: bringing together a with external partners to solve well- relevant set of partners and championing defined problems related to existing or steering them toward innovative services provided by the agency solutions that create significant public (e.g. developing a new community good (see for example Case Study employment scheme) 2.1). yy Government-led collaborative efforts to yy Innovation catalyst: public agencies solve emergent or ill-defined problems help define problems and share with which complement the agency’s work the community the information that (e.g. reforming an education system) would be instrumental for solving them (see for example Case Study 3.3). Full Version Simplified Version Joined-up Government
  12. 12. Why joined-up government?Figure 1.1 Four roles for the government in collaborative innovation 9 Network Leadership Community-led Government-led (centralised; (diffused; informal structure formal structure/linkages) / linkages) Emergent Innovation Space (new services/ programmes; Government as Government as unstructured problem Innovation Seeker Innovation Champion space) Defined (existing services/ programmes; Government as Government as structured problem Innovation Integrator Innovation Catalyst space)Source: Nambisan 2008: 13, adopt these roles requires government to As demonstrated above, joined-upengage in new forms of collaboration and government has multiple origins and seeksjoined-up working, both within government to address many issues. Equally, differentand with other NGOs. Of course, joined-up understandings of how joined-up governmentgovernment may seek to resolve a number of can work in practice exist, ranging fromproblems at once, and as Table 1.1 identifies, simply coordinating information provision, tothere are several different approaches (or inter-agency cooperation in service delivery,levels) to joined-up government, each of or even further to the integration of service bywhich requires different infrastructures to joining service providers in a single buildingsupport it. or office. As Table 1.2 identifies, different interpretations can be made of joined-up government according to what the objective or focus of joined-up government is. Full Version Simplified VersionJoined-up Government
  13. 13. Why joined-up government? Table 1.1 Approaches to joined-up government10 Description Example This approach seeks to join up government agencies at a high level in identifying and pursuing Whole-of- solutions to shared problems. A government programme for economic government They are characterised by mission renewal and goals statements, and are accompanied by an agreed strategic approach. (See for example Case Studies 2.1, 2.4 and 2.5) This approach is characterised by the collection and delivery of services Service or information relating to one issue A charter for services for older people; or delivery or one type of customer. Service- a website for accessing information on integration level contracts are often used in waste recycling services this context. (See for example Case Studies 2.3 and 2.6) Based on a customer-oriented approach, this form of joined-up Programme- government seeks to join up the based Funding of a network for representative resources of organisations that share integration groups for immigrants similar concerns and multi-faceted problems. (See for example Case Study 2.2) Source: Johnson 2005, Strategies%20for%20Joined%20Up%20Government%20Initiatives%20-%20Final.pdf Full Version Simplified Version Joined-up Government
  14. 14. Why joined-up government?Table 1.2 Focus of joined-up government 11 Focus of Joined-up Objective Government Joined-up government may seek to overcome boundaries not only between organisations Organisational I ntra- depar tmental, cross- such as ministries, but also within them. level departmental, national-local (See Similarly, it can involve transcending boundaries for example Case Study 2.1) between levels of government and between the state and civil society or the market. Joined-up government may seek to focus Social / client Pensioners, immigrants, etc. (See services around a particular social or client group for example Case Study 2.2) group who require a number of services from different parts of the state. Joined-up government can refer to better Policy issue/ Public transport, education, interconnections between service providers in sector healthcare (See for example Case similar policy sectors, e.g. rail and bus services in Study 2.6) the transport sector, training and employment agencies in the education sector. Joined-up government can apply to focusing on Geographical Regional/state government, services in a particular geographical area, such area neighbourhood (See for example as a socially disadvantaged neighbourhood or a Case Studies 3.2 and 3.3) region requiring environmental protection. Finally, joined-up government is used to indicate Mode of One-stop-shop, e-government a mode of service delivery whereby the citizen service portal, telephone-based information/ need not be unnecessarily disadvantaged in delivery advice service, etc. (See for example seeking services due to the fragmented nature Case Study 2.3) of the public service. Full Version Simplified VersionJoined-up Government
  15. 15. Why joined-up government? It must also be noted that as the nature and as ‘joined-up governance’ (Pollitt 2003). This12 structure of the modern state has evolved, the reflects the idea that many services are no boundaries between public, private and the longer delivered by individual public entities ‘third’ (or civil society) sectors have become but by multiple organisations. more fluid. In this regard, and in order to Based on these interpretations, we can enhance the popular legitimacy and chances therefore say that joined-up government is of success with policy implementation, those policies and practices which overcome governments have developed new means traditional boundaries in order to improve of engaging with stakeholders such as NGOs, services to particular social or population business groups and trade unions. In response, groups, and which enhance government and governance has rapidly emerged as the term sectoral coherence. used to describe both the multi-faceted nature and the structure of the modern Benefits of joined-up decision-making process (Rhodes 1997; government Pierre and Peters 2000; Kooiman 2003). As a consequence, it is now common for major By offering new means of delivering services, government initiatives to have elements of joined-up government has advantages over partnership between the public and other traditional hierarchical or stove-piped forms sectors, and this trend is often referred to of delivery, as Case Study 1.1 illustrates. Case Study 1.1 Benefits of joined-up government A study by the State Government of Queensland, Australia (2004: 11), identified the principal benefits of joined-up government as: yy Improved outcomes for a particular group or location yy Addressing complex social or economic issues by designing integrated programmes which are mutually supportive and focused on achieving a more significant and sustained common goal or outcome yy Exploiting economies of scale, for example: sharing data and information; minimising overlap and duplication of services; pooling resources; and streamlining services yy Improving service delivery by delivering services through alternative means, for example ‘one-stop shops’ yy Promoting thinking about new ways of doing things by bringing together people from a range of backgrounds and perspectives yy Helping public servants work more effectively together, gain an understanding of the government’s priorities and their place in delivering on those priorities yy Improving public servants’ experience of problem solving in a broader context and enhancing their networks. Source: SeamlessGovernment.pdf Full Version Simplified Version Joined-up Government
  16. 16. 2. Recent international developmentsAs noted in Section 1, while the term joined-up yy Designing targets that would begovernment is principally associated with the shared across agencies 13reform agenda of New Labour in Britain, yy Tackling culture in organisations tosimilar schemes have been put in place in encourage cross-boundary behaviourmany states across the globe. What these yy Better information sharingprogrammes have in common is an impetus to yy Clear leadership and responsibility forencourage and place an increased emphasis joined-up tasks.on means of collaborating, coordinating and (Mulgan 2005: 181)integrating service delivery. In this section,we consider the objectives and form taken Political engagement was recognised asby joined-up government initiatives that being vital in the process so ministers werehave occurred in recent years in Britain, New given horizontal (cross-cutting) as well asZealand, Canada, Australia, Finland, Ireland vertical (sectoral) responsibilities. A muchand Singapore. greater emphasis was placed on consolidation and cross-organisation performanceBritain (Verhoest et al 2007: 336). Policy-making units were established to look at problemsDuring the 1980s and first half of the 1990s, and offer solutions that would be free ofthe British administration became increasingly departmental interests, as well as to assistfragmented as a result of the decoupling of in cross-cutting policy reviews. One suchvarious stages in the policy cycle, but also unit, the Performance and Innovation Unit,because of the creation of single-purpose produced an influential report, Wiring it up,and autonomous executive agencies. Market- which dealt with the question of how the civilbased instruments such as privatisation and service could better manage cross-cuttingcompetitive tendering and contractualisation issues ( used more extensively which led to media/cabinetoffice/strategy/assets/coiwire.greater segmentation of the public service. pdf ). Its recommendations included strongerOn coming to power in 1997, the New leadership from ministers and senior civilLabour government set out an ambitious servants, flexible use of budgets and greaterplan for public sector reform which sought use of audit and external reverse this trend. It was to be achievedby pursuing a number of tasks: In order to provide a central coordinating facility, the power of the prime ministeryy Reforming the way money was was enhanced through the creation allocated, with the use of joined-up of several coordination and joined-up delivery budgets delivery units within the Cabinet Office (seeyy Reshaping career trajectories, Case Study 2.1) to pursue implementation of rewarding those who worked across cross-departmental policy. A similar process boundaries of consolidation took place at the local level. Full Version Simplified VersionJoined-up Government
  17. 17. Recent international developments Case Study 2.1 An organisational level approach: The Social14 Exclusion Unit in Britain The Social Exclusion Unit was one of several joined-up delivery units created in 1997 by the New Labour administration which adopted a whole-of-government approach to tackling social exclusion. The task of this Unit was to promote joint action between Whitehall departments by breaking down bureaucratic barriers, therefore working at the most senior organisational level. As well as encouraging joint working, the Unit emphasised working towards the prevention of problems, reintegration into society of those already experiencing social exclusion, achieving minimum standards for everyone, and the use of evidence-based policy-making. The Unit reported directly to the prime minister and was staffed by civil servants from across government departments and secondees from local authorities, voluntary bodies and other key agencies. The Unit initiated and oversaw a number of schemes to tackle aspects of poverty and marginalisation of social groups. In a review of its work in 2001, the Unit claimed success in reducing teenage pregnancies and rough sleeping; but less success in tackling school truancy. A subsequent report in 2004 found that while progress continued to be made in reducing child poverty, a number of key issues remained which were driving social exclusion: publications_1997_to_2006/breaking_report.pdf. The Unit increasingly recognised that many of its initiatives were long-term in character and could take over 10 years to yield results. Continued emphasis needed to be placed on cooperation across government. The Unit called for more user involvement in the design and delivery of services, and closer working with voluntary and community groups in order to make services more relevant. The report praised the use of ‘personal advisers’ who helped individuals understand what services and benefits are available and who could negotiate access to a range of options across government agencies. It suggested that this client-centred approach be maintained and the personal advisers develop increased flexibility to meet the complex needs of service users. To renew efforts to address these deep-seated issues of social exclusion, the Social Exclusion Unit was transformed in 2006 into the Social Exclusion Task Force: http://www. The Task Force is guided by five principles: early intervention; systematically identifying what works; personal rights and responsibilities; intolerance of poor performance; and better coordination of the many separate agencies. Full Version Simplified Version Joined-up Government
  18. 18. Recent international developmentsThe UK National Audit Office’s review of the programme was the use of ‘circuit-breaker’joined-up government services found that the teams to tackle cross-cutting issues – see 15approach also improved cost-effectiveness, Case Study 2.2.through the identification of duplicationand the realisation of economies of scale In 2005, the State Services Commission(National Audit Office 2001: 7). introduced Development Goals ( http:// Zealand asp?DocID=6545) in order to create ‘a system of world-class professional state servicesDuring the 1980s New Zealand undertook serving the government of the day andradical and systemic reform of its public sector meeting the needs of New Zealanders’.based around the concept of introducing It identified six goals to achieve this aim:market-based management practices to employer of choice; excellent state servants;its public administration. After a decade and networked, coordinated, accessible andof reforms underpinned by legislative trusted state services. Several initiatives havechanges (and a reduction in the number of since been introduced to improve publicpublic servants), concerns emerged about service performance at both sector andfragmentation in the public service as well system levels, including new arrangementsas a weakening of central coordinating to coordinate policy and delivery in somemechanisms such as cabinet committees. In regions. One prominent example of thisresponse, the government commissioned a was the creation of the Governmentreport entitled Review of the Centre which was Economic and Urban Development Office,published in 2001. The report found that there which joined-up the work of the Ministry ofwas a need for greater focus on outcomes; Economic Development, the Ministry for thegreater citizen and community involvement Environment, and the Departments of Labourin the policy process; and more emphasis and Transport ( public service culture and leadership templates/Page____3421.aspx).(New Zealand State Services Commission2002; see also Pollitt and Bouckaert 2004:277–81). It also expressed concern that withover 170 agencies the administrative systemhad become too fragmented. The reportemphasised the need for greater uniformityand cross-unit cooperation. In response tothis, the New Zealand government decided in2003 to embark on a programme to improvecoordination within the administrativesystem (Gregory 2003). One key aspect of Full Version Simplified VersionJoined-up Government
  19. 19. Recent international developments Case Study 2.2 Policy issues: Circuit-breaking teams in New16 Zealand The Review of the Centre report recommended the creation of ‘circuit-breaker teams’ to tackle apparently intractable problems, e.g. truancy, domestic violence and settling of skilled migrants around the country, by joining-up various service agencies and strategies. It sought to provide programme-based forms of integration for particular client groups. An example was the Family Violence Funding Circuit Breaker (FVFCB) project: http://www. The role of this project was to improve coordination and alignment of government funding of family violence prevention services. Its success lay in the sixteen regional circuit-breaker teams which worked with local funding bodies and service providers to identify family violence service gaps and find solutions to funding problems. Through the use of pilot projects, it was discovered that service providers were competing for small amounts of funding from a range of government and non-government sources. Inter-agency arrangements were confused and there was little collaboration and poor communication at both national and regional levels. The circuit-breaker teams solution was to engage in a funding process re-design, and to create a mechanism for accountability whereby funding providers were required to work through collaborative processes and be jointly responsible for the production of a cohesive and financially sustainable community service. To implement this, the circuit-breaker network worked to reduce the compliance requirements by bringing together the common statutory and non-statutory requirements for agencies involved in family violence issues. Also, regional managers from the affected government agencies and community representatives established regional planning groups. One of the successes of circuit breaking was framing problems through the eyes of those who face the problem rather than through those who generate policy in Wellington. The teams also improved the coordination of government funding for tackling family violence, and a particular innovation of the FVFCB project was the development of a joint audit process that aligned the approval standards and audit requirements of the Child Youth and Family Unit of the Department of Social Development and the Ministry of Justice. The success of the circuit-breaker teams in reducing family violence has led to the establishment of Family Violence Funding Coordination networks, which have also adopted the audit process initiated by the circuit-breaker teams. Full Version Simplified Version Joined-up Government
  20. 20. Recent international developmentsCanada networks for their citizens. A variety of governance and organisational approaches 17Over the last ten years, Canadian government have been taken in each case, including theat the federal and provincial levels has use of a new ministry, a division of a ministryundertaken a number of programmes or even a new independent agency (Roy andin order to improve service delivery and Langford 2008: 21–3). See for example:integrate services for citizens. As in many yy Service Nova Scotia countries, considerable emphasis snsmr. This website is run by the Ministrywas initially placed on e-government, and of Service Nova Scotia and Municipala government strategy called Connecting Relations, and each year the Ministry setsCanadians led to the Government On-Line out targets for the website services asinitiative. However, as Roy and Langford well as an accountability report for the(2008) note, success in achieving its initial state legislature.goals was limited. Running parallel to the yy Service British Columbia www.servicebc.e-government programme was a related As well as its website, Service BCinitiative during 2002–4 known as Modernizing has 59 drop-in centres located throughoutServices for Canadians (MSC) which sought British Colombia which allows citizens toto create a new basis for delivering citizen- access over 700 services. It has achieved a 97 per cent citizen satisfaction rating.centred services. The transformation under yy Service New Brunswick MSC initiative included bringing 170 This initiative offers approximately 200different government websites together services to the public through a networkunder one roof. Following the MSC initiative, of office locations, online services, and aService Canada was officially launched in call centre. It provides federal as well as2005 – see Case Study 2.3. regional and municipal services.Also, in order to develop communicationsbetween professionals at different levelsof government, a number of coordinatingcouncils and support organisations havebeen established. These include the Instituteof Citizen-Centred Service ( which undertakes research andpromotes best practice in service delivery.Complementing the work of Service Canadaat the federal level, all of the ten provincialgovernments have launched similar initiativesto provide more joined-up service delivery Full Version Simplified VersionJoined-up Government
  21. 21. Recent international developments Case Study 2.3 Service delivery: The case of Service Canada18 Service Canada seeks to improve the interface between the federal government and the public through more integrated and innovative service offerings across a multi-channel environment (Roy and Langford 2008: 19). As a new mode of service delivery, it emerged as a result of the Government On-Line and Modernizing Services for Canadians initiatives. According to the government of Canada, its aim is to provide a one-stop point of access for Canadians with respect to all federal programmes and services. Implementing the Service Canada initiative led to massive public sector reorganisation and today approximately 22,000 staff work within it, conducting nearly 1 million transactions daily. Other than an online portal, Service Canada is accessible by a single telephone number, from which staff can either provide assistance or redirect the caller to the relevant government office. In order for Service Canada to achieve its service delivery integration objectives, it faced the challenge of convincing government agencies to join-up their services with its infrastructure. Many of these agencies had their own IT infrastructure and methods of dealing with the public that had developed independently of other government agencies. Service Canada achieved this by demonstrating the benefits to collaboration which could be achieved by using networked rather than hierarchical governance processes, which would allow greater flexibility for the agencies involved and greater ease of access to the citizen. The creators of the project also pointed out that pooling services would allow agencies to identify overlap and duplication of such services and address the real needs of Canadians. The use of a more advanced and comprehensive service platform would also enhance the integrity of their service programmes. Roy and Langford found that the initiative better enables the federal government to design an integrated set of service strategies for specific groups of people, such as the elderly or youth, and thus provides citizens with greater access to government services. Source: Full Version Simplified Version Joined-up Government
  22. 22. Recent international developmentsAustralia Service Tasmania ( au/). Service delivery units have also been 19In 2002, the Australian government announced created in state governments; for examplea range of whole-of-government priorities, the Social Policy Unit in Western Australiaand sought to use a forum of secretaries and ( heads of the Australian Government and a Social Inclusion Unit in South Australiaknown as the Management Advisory (, bothCommittee (MAC) to implement this. One of which have responsibility for leading,of the more prominent initiatives at the coordinating and monitoring initiativesfederal level was the creation of Centrelink, around social issues.which is a government-owned statutorycorporation created to secure contracts In order to coordinate and promote thefor the delivery of a wide range of public coherent development of joined-upservices ( government initiatives, the AustralianAlso, in various Australian states, a number government places particular emphasis onof joined-up government initiatives have providing clear guidance and guidelinesoccurred, including the establishment of (see Case Study 2.4). The aim is to ensure allone-stop-shops, such as Canberra Connect participants in joined-up initiatives have a( common understanding of the process.CAP/accesspoint/cc?action=menuHome) andCase Study 2.4 Providing guidance: The AustralianexperienceOf particular importance for developing joined-up government in Australia has been thedevelopment of guidelines for working across boundaries in government. A report by a group ofministry secretaries and the heads of state agencies known as the MAC identified that devolvingauthority from central government to agencies could make collaboration across organisationalboundaries more difficult. Providing guidelines was recognised as a necessary first step. In thisrespect, it sought to improve the quality of whole-of-government approaches in Australia. Basedon their experiences, the MAC identified a number of key dimensions for whole-of-governmentapproaches and a related set of obstacles and critical success factors for each:Structures and Processesyy The cabinet should be the principal whole-of-government coordinating forum and the source for spreading good practice.yy Whole-of-government issues should be discussed at annual high-level retreats for secretaries and agency heads.yy Opportunities should be provided for civil servants to observe secretary-level committees in action. Full Version Simplified VersionJoined-up Government
  23. 23. Recent international developments yy There is a need for careful choice of the appropriate structures to support whole-of- government work. For coordination and producing policy options, the existing20 interdepartmental committees are effective. However, dedicated taskforces are more appropriate in dealing with difficult whole-of-government policy issues where there is deep contention between portfolios, or in the community, and tight time limits. Also, choosing the appropriate model will be reflective of the timeframe over which services are to be delivered, the policy roles of the principal partners, and the scale of the task. Culture and Capability yy Where issues transcend traditional boundaries, a horizontal overlay is required which ensures a focus on the bigger picture within the context of the government’s overall policy agenda and priorities. This overlay should also encourage an orientation to collaboration rather than a silo mentality and ensure that decision making takes account of different perspectives. yy Public services managers should provide explicit and consistent support for collegiate and horizontal approaches both within their agencies and across the service as a whole, complementing their line responsibilities. yy Civil servants should be encouraged to network in order to broaden the exposure of Australian Public Service (APS) employees to different organisational cultures and ways of working. yy There should be reward and recognition arrangements for whole-of-government achievements. Information Management and Infrastructure yy Agencies should identify information management needs early in the development of project plans, and where there is a common policy approach, processes and clients, establish ‘information clusters’ to further information-sharing objectives. Budget and Accountability Framework yy Early consideration of budget and accountability arrangements is the key to maximising the flexibilities within a whole-of-government framework. yy Financial disciplines which are very useful for prioritising within portfolio proposals, such as requiring fully offsetting savings, may be counterproductive for cross-portfolio priorities. Making Connections outside the APS yy In whole-of-government work, the issues involved are frequently complex and there are often different perspectives and interests among the external players involved. Therefore the public service should identify the widest possible range of views, represent those views fairly but also analyse those views when presenting recommendations to government. yy In the case of coordinated community service delivery, it is essential to have employees with sufficient experience, skills and authority to interact with local communities and to take the necessary decisions. yy The importance of seeking external views needs to be balanced against political constraints, and will vary with the nature of the whole-of-government task. yy The style of engagement used should look to maximise commitment and minimise complexity. Source: Full Version Simplified Version Joined-up Government
  24. 24. Recent international developmentsFinland entrepreneurship and employment. Based on the experiences in these sectors, an evaluation 21One of the main reasons why states adopt a conducted and published in summer 2005joined-up approach is that certain problems stated that the experiences of the programmerequire attention by more than one ministry. management system to date were to a largeThe organisation of many governments is such extent positive, but that modifications werethat ministers tend to focus on the work of necessary. In particular, the report notedtheir department as there is little incentive to that a major difficulty that had yet to bework across cabinet lines. Furthermore, civil resolved was the reluctance of ministers toservants tend to advise ministers individually participate in bilateral budgetary processesrather than collectively. Finland provides due to a tradition of not interfering in othera good example of how new structural ministers’ budgets. Overall, the evaluationarrangements have been employed at the proved that the horizontal policy programmesmost senior political and administrative levels had provided better opportunities to putto achieve joined-up government. Since issues that require potentially painful political2003, the Finnish government has engaged solutions on the political agenda, and hadin a practice whereby it identifies and agrees accelerated processes and progress onon a small number of priority areas which various policy issues. However, it found thatit believes require a horizontal or cross- programme management had not changedministerial approach. A Government Strategic political preparation to a remarkable extent,Document is also published which sets targets but that the cooperation and coordinationand establishes the means of achieving of civil servants in the preparatory workthe goals of the horizontal programme had significantly improved http://www.areas. As Figure 2.1 details, each horizontal area has a responsible minister management/pdf/en.pdf.who coordinates a group of ministers withportfolios relevant to the policy in question.On the administrative side, a programmedirector manages a network of civil servantsfrom the various ministries. This approach alsorequires matching the horizontal programmeswith the budgetary process and establishingrelevant indicators of success (Kekkonen andHarrinvirta 2004).The initial policy areas to which thesenew structures were applied werecitizen participation, information society, Full Version Simplified VersionJoined-up Government
  25. 25. Recent international developments Figure 2.1 Managing horizontal programmes across government in Finland22 Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) yy coordinates programmes yy coordination of and analytical support for evaluation of programmes Prime Minister Coordinating Minister yy directs horizontal programmes Strategic Ministerial Group yy prepares decisions within programmes for the whole government Programme Director yy positioned either in the Ministry of the coordinating Minister or in PMO Civil Civil Civil Civil Civil Civil Civil Civil servant servant servant servant servant servant servant servant Civil servants in participating ministries Full Version Simplified Version Joined-up Government
  26. 26. Recent international developmentsIreland Citizen Centred – Performance focused, identifies the steps to be taken to achieve 23In 2007, the Irish government commissioned improvements across government, includingthe Organisation for Economic Cooperation improved coordination and joining-up ofand Development (OECD) to prepare a report service providers (http://www.bettergov.that would benchmark its public service ie/attached_files/upload/publications/PDF/against other comparable countries and TPSv2.pdf ).also make recommendations as to futuredirections for public service reform. Thefinal report – Ireland: Towards an IntegratedPublic Service – was published in 2008 ( ). While the reportnoted that the public service had created‘structures and systems to enable horizontalcoordination’, it also identified that ‘thepublic service remains segmented overall,leading to sub-optimal coherence in policydevelopment, implementation and servicedelivery’ (OECD 2008: 12).The report identified a number of challengesfacing the service – those of ensuring capacity,motivating performance, moving towards acitizen-centred approach, and strengtheninggovernance. For each of these, a number ofrecommendations were identified to promotegreater integration across the public service(see Table 2.1). Case Study 2.5 gives details ofthe joined-up government implications ofthe ‘ensuring capacity’ recommendations.Following the publication of this report, theIrish government established a task force toidentify the best means of implementingthe recommendations of the OECD. The taskforce report, Transforming Public Services: Full Version Simplified VersionJoined-up Government
  27. 27. Recent international developments Table 2.1 Joined-up government across government in Ireland24 Challenge Key relevant recommendations yy Greater integration of human resources management (HRM) systems Ensuring capacity yy Greater labour mobility between different parts of the public service yy Creation of a Senior Public Service which would contribute to greater whole-of-government approaches and ethos yy Greater links between financial allocation and performance Motivating yy Greater performance-oriented management and performance budgeting yy Performance dialogues between different parts of public service Citizen-centred yy Greater emphasis on service quality approach yy Greater use of e-government yy More integrated online services yy Greater integration of public service to enhance policy Strengthening coherence and focus on longer-term policy needs governance yy ‘Centre’ to set strategic agenda for public service yy Network approach to problem solving Full Version Simplified Version Joined-up Government
  28. 28. Recent international developmentsCase Study 2.5 Human resources policy and leadership: Thecase of Ireland 25One of the key findings of the OECD review of the Irish public service was that thecentralisation of HRM practice in relation to numbers, processes and conditions had majorimplications for the Irish public service. In particular, it noted that such centralisationlimited public service mobility and career development opportunities; inhibited theautonomy of local level management; and limited the development and sharing ofskills and competencies. It also prevented the development of a whole-of-governmentapproach to public service delivery.In preparing its report, the OECD team found that public service reforms, including thecreation of many new state agencies, had led to multiple management systems acrossthe public service that undermined the clarity of values and created silo managementsystems. They also discovered that while limited opportunities existed for movementbetween parts of the public service (civil service, state agencies, local government) theywere seldom used and there were too many small labour markets within the public servicewhich were closed to outside entry.The OECD recommended that in order to overcome this fragmentation and provide formore sharing of skills and common values, a HRM strategy needed to be created that isinformed by ‘explicit choices about the direction and values that should underlie the publicservice’. It called for much greater mobility of staff between parts of the public service, aswell as between the public service and private sector, thus providing for more whole-of-government based approaches to service delivery at the organisation level.The report also recommended the development of a new Senior Public Service thatwould draw on leaders from across the public service and not just the civil service alone.This body would ‘facilitate the development of specific opportunities for careers acrossthe different parts of the public service, reinforce and develop skill-sets among the seniorcohort of the public service and deepen coherence within the system’ and ‘would provideopportunities for ensuring the development and embedding of a strong “whole-of-government/whole-of-public-service” ethos throughout the public service, with emphasison providing leadership and direction.’Source: Full Version Simplified VersionJoined-up Government
  29. 29. Recent international developments Singapore the increased use of cross-agency project26 teams to deal with inter-agency issues, In 1995, the Government of Singapore and the bringing together of officers from launched PS21 – Public Service for the 21st various agencies and backgrounds in training Century. The initiative had four elements programmes and seminars in order to share to it: staff wellbeing, ExCEL (Excellence collective experience. Through Continuous Enterprise and Learning), sg/data/Admin%20Service%20Dinner%20 organisational review and service quality. 2008%20Speech%20-%2019%20March%2008. Each of these elements is directed by a pdf steering committee chaired by a permanent secretary with representatives of all ministries Singapore has made considerable efforts as members. Also, every public agency has its at joining-up government by putting own internal PS21 Committee. A PS21 Office services online and facilitating greater citizen was established within the Prime Minister’s interaction with a wide variety of public Office to coordinate these efforts. bodies under the banner of ‘many agencies, one government’. Citizens are presented The government of Singapore has sought to with user-friendly interfaces between linked decentralise greater responsibility to public services and public agencies. For example, agencies while at the same time maintain in 2000 over 450 services were put online whole-of-government goals and shared and a further 1,000 were added to this, values (integrity, service and excellence are so that by 2003, 9 out of 10 government quoted in many government publications). services suitable for electronic delivery In 2008 the deputy prime minister noted were available in that format. Over the last that experience in Singapore showed that decade, three successive e-government action ‘a whole-of-government approach … is not plans have been launched, the most recent without inherent tensions.’ He suggested that being iGov2010 ( the need for specialisations and competencies Strategic_Plans/iGov_2010/). Considerable from each agency and ministry must be emphasis has also been placed on unifying balanced with the capacity to be seen acting government in order to strengthen national in a coordinated manner beyond individual security as Case Study 2.6 identifies. areas of responsibilities. Furthermore, he stated that ‘a whole-of-government approach The success of Singapore in becoming one is not aimed at homogenising the diversity of the world leaders in e-services is related of agencies that make up government … it to its use of standards-based infrastructure, is about harnessing this diversity as a source application services and supporting processes of strength, which otherwise can threaten and procedures. (Indeed the development to compartmentalise government into deep of the RAHS system has been called the and narrow silos.’ He also drew attention to largest data mining exercise in the world.) Full Version Simplified Version Joined-up Government
  30. 30. Recent international developmentsThe development of new public service ( The developmentinfrastructure (PSi) has also allowed for a shared of the PSi has been carried out by the Infocomm 27technical infrastructure which allows for ease Development Authority of Singapore underof communication between service providers the direction of the Singapore Ministry of( Finance which owns the infrastructure andKP_eGAPI_PublicServiceInfrastructure.htm). sets the policies, practices and goals of theCitizens in Singapore can now access a wide PSi.range of services via their eCitizen portalCase Study 2.6 Policy issues: The Singapore NationalSecurity Coordination Centre (NSCC)In the aftermath of 9/11, the Government of Singapore sought to develop its counter-terrorismcapacity in order to meet the changing nature and speed of terrorism. Previously, different agencieshad worked independently in respect of aviation security, maritime security and internal security.The Government announced that a new whole-of-government approach was needed as the earlierapproach of dividing national security tasks into watertight compartments to be dealt with by separateministries was no longer seen as effective.The approach of the NSCC is based on service delivery integration and is informed by the belief that‘by strengthening the coordination and integration of government agencies into a cohesive network,and encouraging the bonds of unity among the people, Singapore will become a nation that isholistically resilient’. The NSCC works closely with the Joint Counter Terrorism Centre and togetherthey report to a Permanent Secretary and a Coordinating Minister. Coordinating Minister for National Security Permanent Secretary (National Security & Intelligence Coordination) National Security Joint Counter Coordination Centre Terrorism CentreAs a coordinating body, the NSCC ensures that government agencies complement each other, ratherthan perform duplicating and competing tasks. In this regard, it provides a good example of how apolicy issue can be joined-up by service providers. Within the NSCC, one of the key divisions is the RiskAssessment & Horizon Scanning (RAHS) unit. Through extensive use of IT and data-mining software,the RAHS unit is involved with ensuring that public agencies share intelligence and information, andpool their resources.Source: Full Version Simplified VersionJoined-up Government
  31. 31. 3. Making it work A number of countries have initiated Lessons from practice28 programmes to provide more joined-up service formulation and implementation. From the country-based experiences outlined These initiatives have all emphasised that, in Section 2 a number of general lessons ideally, joined-up government should not emerge that managers should be aware of be a one-off event but an ongoing series when implementing joined-up government of interactions. Not only does this provide initiatives. These can be summarised under a incentives for participants to achieve long- number of headings: structures and processes; term gains and to develop relationships (which culture and mindsets; rewards; and boundary- in turn helps to form and embed networks), spanning posts. but it prevents one-off engagement in which individual participants will seek to maximise Structures and processes their gain and not cooperate at a later stage. In this section, general lessons learned as Many joined-up government initiatives have to issues for managers to focus on when seen new developments and arrangements implementing joined-up government are within the political executive to support outlined. Also, some of the reasons for and the pursuit of greater cooperation and cases of failures of joined-up government are coordination across government. Some of examined for the insights they display. the more common approaches are identified in Table 3.1. Table 3.1 Joined-up government structures Cabinet sub-committees Developments in political sphere Horizontal ministerial portfolios Cross-departmental working groups Developments in administrative sphere Inter-agency task forces Full Version Simplified Version Joined-up Government
  32. 32. Making it workCase Study 3.1 identifies how such new how a network of public and private actorspolitical and administrative arrangements, combined to develop new procedures and 29developed for the purposes of better joined-up norms in tackling a disease outbreak, andgovernment in the Australian state of Victoria, the vital role played by the managers inwere designed to work together. developing an incident command system. The lessons learned from this experience goThe report also noted that joined-up initiatives beyond that of emergency situations andmay include the use of advisory groups, may be of general assistance to joined-upincluding external experts or organisations, government order to provide input into projects asthey develop. Joined-up initiatives may also While the centre of government plays aninclude statutory governance approaches important role in encouraging and providing(State Services Authority 2007: 21). Table 3.2 goals and incentives for joined-up problem-identifies the relationship between these solving, it is important to remember thatelements. attempts to impose uniform joined-up government approaches at local level fromOften, innovation in joined-up government the centre often fail due to under-appreciationemerges in response to crises or emergencies of local relationships and circumstances.that require the involvement of multiple Many successful joined-up governmentagencies from different levels of government. initiatives are bottom-up activities whichIn these circumstances, managing coordination emerge at local level between local serviceis vital, and putting in place the best processes providers (see Case Study 3.3). Such initiativesand structures possible is key to success. In tend to focus on place rather than solely theCase Study 3.2, Moynihan (2005) identifies enhanced integration of services.Case Study 3.1 New political and administrativearrangementsA report on joined-up government by the state of Victoria noted that for the majority ofits joined-up projects, new governance structures have been established. These structureswere multi-tiered and included the following elements:yy A coordinating group or forum of the lead and associated ministersyy A high level leadership group or interdepartmental committeeyy Associated working groups and project teamsyy Structures for coordination and delivery at the regional and/or local levelSource:$File/joined_up_government.pdf Full Version Simplified VersionJoined-up Government
  33. 33. Making it work Table 3.2 Governance structures used in joined-up government initiatives30 yy Membership: Ministers with relevant portfolios, including a lead or coordinating Minister Ministers coordinating forum yy Role: set the strategic direction and monitor implementation yy Membership: departmental secretaries or senior officers High level project leadership yy Role: provide advice to Ministerial group, coordinate group and oversee implementation of policies and programmes yy Membership: staff from policy or programme areas Cross-departmental working yy Role: collaborate with partners to implement policies groups or project teams and programmes Regional cross-departmental yy Membership: staff from policy or programme areas groups yy Role: oversee integrated delivery in regional location Full Version Simplified Version Joined-up Government
  34. 34. Making it workCase Study 3.2 Emergency situation 31Exotic Newcastle Disease (END) is a disease that affects poultry. An outbreak of the diseaseoccurred in California and a number of other states in western America in 2002–2003. Thedisease was tracked, contained, and ultimately eradicated by a task force that involveda range of federal agencies, state agencies and private sector organisations. Moynihan(2005: 19) notes that a number of key network challenges quickly arose: uncertaintiesconcerning tasks, management principles, and operations; the unanticipated aspects ofthe emergency; and the rotation of employees by agencies.A key success factor was the ability to adapt and apply a command and control structure– the Incident Command System (ICS) – to the disease outbreak. An ICS essentially createsa simple command and control system within which staff from different agencies shouldbe placed. Structurally, the ICS organises functions by critical management systems:planning, operations, logistics, and administration/finance. Each function reports to asingle commander who has decision-making power for the ICS. Commanders are expectedto set up at least one incident command post. If multiple incident command posts arenecessary, they should be overseen by a single area command. Both incident commandposts and area commands are expected to follow the ICS format.The ICS model brings clarity to the questions of structure and authority by imposing ahierarchy on a network. As different agencies come to work together, they first have todecide how they will organise to cooperate. The ICS provides a basic model that theseagencies can take and use rather than spending time developing a wholly new structure.The agencies still have to decide who fills in the boxes that make up the ICS structure,but the structure itself is established. The ICS also establishes a clear line of command.Public networks tend to be characterised by a search for consensus. In an emergencysituation, rapid response is more vital than consensus, and so clear lines of authority mustbe established.The positions of incident commanders and area commanders in the ICSmodel make clear who the key decision makers are.Source: Moynihan 2005 Full Version Simplified VersionJoined-up Government
  35. 35. Making it work Case Study 3.3 From the bottom-up – the Caroline Springs32 partnership The Caroline Springs partnership is an example of doing government differently – building communities from the bottom up in a particular geographical area. Caroline Springs is a new township being built in the growing area of Melton Shire in Australia. By 2013, it is expected to have 24,000 residents. Rather than developing services in an ad-hoc and un-coordinated manner, the growth of this new township provided the opportunity to trial new ways of planning and delivering infrastructure and services for the community. The partnership involves the Department for Victorian Communities, Shire of Melton and Delfin Lend Lease working together. Other state government departments involved include the departments of Justice, Education and Human Services. The partnership supports the residents to identify community facility needs (such as schools, libraries and swimming pools) and have input into facility location and utilisation. Working with the residents in Caroline Springs has achieved a positive feeling among residents about their area and has given government a better understanding of what matters to residents in creating stronger communities. In addition, the partnership has brought other organisations and a range of education providers together to support and invest in the community. Source: Government of Victoria State Services Authority 2007: 13$File/ joined_up_government.pdf Culture and mindsets A particular challenge with regard to managing culture and mindset issues is how to deal with Cultural change refers to the need to break staff transfers, movements and departures down bureaucratic and hierarchical mindsets in the participating organisations. Trust may and values to encourage cooperative values. have been built up between participants, As Clarke (1998: 12) notes, structural inhibitions and knowledge held of importance to the to the management of joined-up government joined-up initiative can be lost. New staff have are often compounded and reinforced by to re-learn the collaborative way of doing cultural inhibitions: ‘Separate organisations things. The emergency management case and their boundaries become the limits examined by Moynihan (2005) and outlined within which people define the way their in Case Study 3.2 provides a good example organisations are, how they do things and of how staff rotation issues can be managed in which accepted behaviour is defined. to best maintain trust and a good working Collective views of the world, aspirations relationship between agencies – see Case and all the soft parts of organisational life Study 3.4. reinforce the harder-edged realities. Culture needs to change.’ Full Version Simplified Version Joined-up Government