Comprehensive Area Assessments
19 Jan 2010
2nd Annual Conference. Held at Inmarsat Conference Centre, London

This conference helped local authorities and partners to integrate citizen-backed evidencing of CAA outcomes into their daily operations in order to improve performance and reduce unnecessary inspection.

Programme
10:00
Michael Burton, Editor, The MJ
Welcome and introduction by Conference Chair

10:10
Michael O’Higgins, Chair, Audit Commission
Reflections on and lessons learned from results of the first Comprehensive Area Assessments

10:30
Davy Jones, Independent Consultant
Developing CAA for the future - including area-based value-for-money assessments

11:00
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:10
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
11:40
Chris Williams, Chief Executive, Buckinghamshire County Council
Best practice in locality self-evaluation (two-tier areas)

12:00
Tim Gilling, Executive Director, Centre for Public Scrutiny
Utilising oversight and scrutiny to improve the performance and accountability of local partnerships

12:20
Peter Simpson, Chief Executive, Hambleton District Council
The role of peer challenge in locality self-evaluation

12:40
Questions and discussion: Session 2
13:00
Buffet lunch and networking
14:00
Cllr Peter Fleming, Sevenoaks District Council
Ensuring an active role for elected members in CAA

14:15
Bob Neill MP, Shadow Minister for Local Government
Keynote address: How would local authority performance be assessed under Conservative leadership?

14:35
Nick Rand, Head of Research, Involve
From aspiration to implementation: integrating citizen engagement into decision-making

14:50
Rhion Jones, Programme Director, The Consultation Institute
Being recognised for listening: the goal for public bodies

15:10
Questions and discussion: Session 3
15:30
Seminar 1: Ofsted's contribution to CAA
Maureen Young, HM Inspector, Ofsted