I’ve been thinking … an understanding – explanation of the CPR site?
The NZ Council “CPR Consultants site” a web-based resource and a “Lifesaver for busy Council analysts”
Recent marketing emails and hand delivered flyers have heralded the launch of a start-up special purpose, subscription-based “CPR” website designed for “busy Council financial, economic and performance improvement Analysts.”
The essence of this new website initiative is its provision of the most cost-effective, entry level access to both ubiquitous and ground-breaking policy analytical support … for all NZ Councils.
The bullet points of the flyer include these key features of the “CPR Consultants” website:
The CPR site is:
- A three-part research tool … it contains separate Comparative-Resource-Performance sections … designed to save busy Council people all of the time-costly (days of!) leg work involved in searching for essential underlying research resources
- Focussed (Initially) … upon NZ Council financial … economic … performance … & governance topics
- Comprises (ultimately) … hundreds of useful-topical statistical benchmark comparative graphs and tables showing not just your Council “stats”, but all other NZ TLA’s data, ordered within rolling 5-year (2014-2018) timelines covering Sector, Cohort and Council only “Comparative” statistical and benchmarking reports. Many of these have been cherry-picked from earlier NZLG benchmark-survey experience.
- Includes Councilrating, debt, assets, liquiditymeasures, demographics, roading, significant activity expenditures, payroll etc
- Plus … a subject-searchable taxonomy of (hundreds of) extant NZLG reports, studies, investigations, legislative impact and other statements, official pronouncements … all providing resources to inform your Council’s more detailed, related analysis and study
- Essential basic research material for RFP and assignment specification precedent- extant base data
- Data and Reports comprise separate independent special purpose statistical reportsall drawn from Council independent, credible, often officially audited databases or of other qualifying pedigrees.
- At modest cost, (proposed $3000 pa excl GST) your Council buys into subscription paywalled and unlimited access. Your Council’s participation will also contribute and build on improvements over time for the value of this unique initiative.
Given this policy research “gold” … as a Council executive-Manager-Professional … please ask yourself this question:
“Would it not be, at the least … “very useful” to have readily to hand, including on your handheld device … instant access to this treasure trove of easily referenced policy resources and data?”
A little case study: Picture yourself in a challenging public meeting with an irascible ratepayer/Councillor who is beefing about the usual Council rates/charges and staff salaries (too high) … or perceived Council spending (too low) on their roads etc … drone moan … Sound familiar?
“But wait, voila” say you, taking your device from your pocket … “Here’s the accurate independent evidence, the facts … just to put you straight … OK?.”
Powerful is it not? Can you afford to be without the CPR website for these circumstances?
Where to now?: The next “I’ve been thinking” piece, to be posted to our CPR Blog … at www.development.kauriglen.co.nz covers our thoughts for the continuous improvement of the CPR site.
This involves plugging into the legendary spirit of cooperation and collegiality of Council management and staff who will be encouraged to contribute, to offer for cataloguing, their own best in class policy work … plus of course commenting and contributing to our Blog..