Well over 200 delegates from the Scrutiny Community in Wales will be attending the ‘Scrutiny in the Spotlight’ Conference on 28 November 2013 in Swalec Stadium, Cardiff.
The conference is a collaborative effort between Wales Audit Office, Centre for Public Scrutiny, WLGA, Welsh Government and Cardiff Business School. It makes complete sense for all partners involved in Scrutiny improvement work in Wales to join forces in putting on this highly anticipated event. We, and those delegates attending, all share a common purpose and so this is a unique opportunity for us to come together to benefit from our collective knowledge and experience and to engage in the sharing and learning of ideas and solutions to improve Scrutiny in Wales.
We all recognise that we are facing very challenging times and are facing some very tough decisions that will need to be taken with courage and rigour in equal measure. Scrutiny has a vital role in contributing to this rigour and so we must ensure that it is fit for purpose and equipped for the challenge. This conference will provide the opportunity to hear from contributors and delegates about how they are meeting this challenge, and to ‘cherry pick’ aspects that will help us improve our own organisations. It’s about recognising what could work for your own organisation and adapting not simply adopting practice.
There are options for each delegate to attend two of the six workshops on offer, and so organisations should be able to cover all six workshops with a few colleagues. The workshops were designed to pick up on the key themes emerging from the ‘Good Scrutiny – Good Question’ Wales Audit Office national study. All workshops are designed to be highly interactive as we recognise that creating the opportunity for delegates to share and learn from each other is equally important to hearing from our expert contributors.
I hope you take away lots of interesting ideas of how your organisation can improve its Scrutiny function, but more than anything, that you seize the opportunity now that the Spotlight on Scrutiny is shining very brightly.