MAKING PROGRESS UNDER CPA: The Future of Assessment – Strategies for Success
24 June, 2003

One day conference
Central London, Tuesday 8 July 2003

Having restated its support for the general thrust of Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA), the New Local Government Network (NLGN) recently responded to an Audit Commission consultation document CPA – The Next Steps by calling for radical reform to allow local authorities to request a further corporate assessment rather than await their next scheduled CPA. In doing so, NLGN focussed on increasing incentives to improve corporate capacity and argued that with relatively small adjustments, CPA could help authorities earn greater freedoms and flexibilities and in turn fulfil their community leadership role.

Hosted by NLGN, this one day national conference will explore successful strategies for moving on from the December 2002 grading and the potential for real structural change to CPA.

Conference plenary sessions and seminars will include:

  • Comprehensive Performance Assessment – the next steps
  • Being Bi-Focal: why you shouldn’t over focus on the CPA process
  • Staff Motivation: The Leadership Challenge
  • Step Change or Incremental Improvement
  • Managing Long Term Improvements
  • Performance Management and Self-Assessment
  • The role of officers and elected members

Speakers include:
Peter Kane, Director, OPSR; Jo Killian, CPA Project Director, Audit Commission; Chris Naylor, Assistant Director, IDeA; Mary Ney, Chief Executive, LB Greenwich; Barry Quirk, Chief Executive, LB Lewisham; Steve Stewart, Assistant Chief Executive, Wakefield MDC; Cllr Mick Young, Leader, Northamptonshire County Council; Tracey Connage, Assistant Director of Best Practice, Employers’ Organisation; Pam Fox, Independent Consultant and Member of the ODPM Local Government Modernisation Team and Dan Corry, Executive Director, NLGN.

A full agenda for the conference can be found at

For a free press place at the conference, contact Mark Adams at Neil Stewart Associates on 020 7324 4330 or

All NLGN enquiries to Ian Parker – 020 7357 0116 /

NLGN is an independent think-tank, seeking to transform public services, revitalise local political leadership and empower local communities.

NLGN’s response to the recent Audit Commission consultation CPA – The Next Steps can be found within the media section of our website