Strategic Planning and Economic Development Policy and Panel 19th May 2008
Work planning and ways of working
When identifying a topic for scrutiny involvement, the Panel should bear in mind some key principles:
1 Will the outcome make a difference?
2 What areas would benefit most from scrutiny involvement?
Scrutiny is most effective when focusing on a limited number of in-depth topics, so to help prioritise the items it may be useful to ask if the topic is
ุ Of particular concern to residents?
ุ An area of poor performance?
ุ A corporate priority?
ุ An area that government is developing legislation?
ุ An area that could represent better value for money?
ุ Identified as strategic risk?
ุ Potential for policy development?
Members are reminded that a range of approaches can be considered, such as single issue agendas, individual panel members being assigned specific responsibilities, one-off workshops, site visits, or small working groups investigating a specific topic over a short period (but not ongoing sub-committees).