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A weeklong celebration of benchmarking: APSE Performance Networks Seminar live online!

Data: The building blocks to building back better

30 November to 4 December 2020

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View the programme here

This online event will include a great selection of plenary speakers, professional practice forums looking at the key policy issues within the sector and workshops will still take place across the full week enabling you to network with others in your specific sector. 

This event is FREE to APSE performance networks members. 

The plenary session is on Monday 30 November from 10am to 11.45am and this will be followed by workshops and thematic forums across the week culminating in the closing plenary session on Friday morning.  Key note speakers include:


·        International performance management in local government – Gerald Young, Senior Research Associate, International City/County Management Association (United States)

·        Impact of Covid-19 on performance management in UK local government – Debbie Johns, Head of performance networks, APSE

·        How have opinions in local government changed? – Paul Smith, Director, Government & Public Sector, Survation

·        How can front line services respond to the new normal? Panel includes:

·         Karen Bradford, Chief Executive, South Kesteven District Council

·         Terry Collins, Chief Executive, Durham County Council

·      Leadership in time of uncertainty – Motivational speaker Trudy MacDonald, Director of TalentCode HR

Workshops and forums




Monday 30 November

10.00 – 11.45

Opening session


12.45 - 14.30

Building cleaning


14.45 - 16.30


Tuesday 1 December

09.00 - 10.45



11.00 - 12.45



13.30 - 15.15

Street cleansing


15.30 - 16.30

Innovation forum – Selling services to schools

Wednesday 2 December

09.00 - 10.45



11.00 - 12.45

Environmental health and Trading standards


13.30 - 15.15



15.30 - 16.30

Innovation forum – Climate change

Thursday 3 December

09.00 - 10.45

Roads and street lighting


11.00 - 12.45

Building maintenance


13.30 - 15.15

Sports and leisure


15.30 - 16.30

Innovation forum – Technological developments

Friday 4 December

10.00 – 12.45

Closing session


Workshops will look at the impact of Covid-19 findings, changes required for the 2020-21 data collection, new developments and presentations by member authorities on the latest topical issues for that service.

Book your place at the event now!


A non-member authority?

You are invited to a workshop on Monday 30 November 12.45 – 14.30 which will include an introduction to performance networks to get you up-to-speed.  Should you decide to register for the service, you can then get involved in the weeklong celebration of benchmarking and the workshops/forums.  To register for this workshop, please click here.

Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit unincorporated association working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.






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