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Picking Winners to Define and Disseminate Best Practice

Entwistle, Thomas Walter and Downe, James Daniel 2005. Picking Winners to Define and Disseminate Best Practice. Public Policy and Administration 20 (4) , pp. 25-37. 10.1177/095207670502000403

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From 1998 the Government launched Beacon award schemes in local government, schools, the National Health Service, further education and central government. The schemes were distinctive in that they all shared the assumption that organisational learning could be advanced through a competitive process of identifying successful organisations and recruiting them to disseminate their good practices. Drawing on a number of evaluations of the different schemes, this article identifies three tensions in the operation of the Beacon model. We conclude that the relative persistence and success of the Beacon idea, in local government at least, is more a function of its effects on aspiration and morale than its concrete contribution to learning and improvement.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0952-0767
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2017 21:57

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