Measuring success- The Star (Christchurch), Christchurch- 22 Mar 2018
THERE is a wellknown proverb "what gets measured gets managed" It's attributed to William Thompson (1824-1907) an Irish mathematical physicist who introduced the idea of making evidence-based decisions.
He believed that until you can quantify information or knowledge and set a target for results, you don't know how to improve, to grow, or to find solutions to difficult problems....
Establishing a good knowledge-base, setting targets and monitoring progress is essential to human achievement too. That's why the National Government introduced 'better public service targets' in 2012.
They created meaningful targets to support vulnerable children, boost skills and employment, reduce crime, reduce welfare dependency and improve interaction with the Government. Government agencies spend $25-$30 billion a year, that's a huge amount of money and the BPS targets made sure agencies had a clear sense of purpose, that they knew what the job was, and how it could change lives.
And after five-plus years of targets the public service was beginning to get good at digging into the hardest long-term social problems, such as child abuse, family violence and serious criminal offending. We've seen a 31 per cent drop in youth crime, 60,000 fewer children in benefit-dependent households, and halving the proportion of 18-year-olds not achieving NCEA.
But now the NZ First/Labour/ Green Government is dumping the BPS targets. They are just not prepared to be accountable to people like you and me and we are all going to miss out. The public service will continue to spend billions of dollars of public money but without knowing what they're supposed to achieve.
That's not how our country will get ahead. The BPS targets might not be perfect but they're a great foundation for a better future for New Zealand. Refine them yes, but don't chuck them out.
“How to Support Disabled People to Get the Job they Want” is the key question for the disability sector. Good on the NZDSN for organising a breakfast in parliament this morning to bring stakeholders together to launch Employment Support Practice Guidelines. Great work.
National MPs out and about over, with energy and enthusiasm over the weekend!
This is the Award our para skier Adam Hall will be presented with at the PyeongChang Winter Paralympics closing ceremony. A huge honour.
It was a real privilege to meet & chat with Adam Hall, NZ’s talented Alpine Skiing Paralympian. He won a Bronze medal earlier this week but today was awarded the prestigious Whang Youn Dai Achievement Award.
It’s an incredible honour because it’s only awarded to one male and one female at each Paralympic games. (out of 650 Paralympic athletes) It’s awarded for an individuals outstanding contribution and commitment to the spirit & values of the Paralympics. Adam was selected ...for his passion for giving back to the disabled community in New Zealand, encouraging and supporting people in Para sport and contributing to society as a whole.
He had a strong support team at the games, including his wife Elitsa and they, the New Zealand Paralympic organisation, and all New Zealanders are enormous proud of his achievements. The Whang Youn Dai Gold medal will be presented to Adam at the closing ceremony on Sunday.
“Dress for Success” supports women to look their best when they are looking for work. They provide style advice & professional clothes so you can look the part when you go for an interview. Its about giving women confidence so they can be their best in the interview situation. These fabulous women are part of the team in Christchurch that makes it happen in our town.
So well deserved- Adam is a talented & dedicated athlete and this win is fantastic for him & his family, for the Kiwi Paralympic team & for all New Zealanders.