Deliverology - a relatively new "science" of tracking, reporting and completing goals, within government where these are called campaign promises. This concept is truly 21st century in its origins and mechanics. The first application of it was in the Tony Blair government of the United Kingdom. It was set up and managed by its creator and architect, Sir Michael Barber. Despite the claims of its effectiveness, with the first election of David Cameron, the Prime Ministerial Delivery Unit was closed down as a first order of business. Despite that, the model has caught on around the world in both the public and private sectors. Sir Barber has managed to land numerous consulting gigs across the world advising how to implement his "system".
One of the first applications outside of Britain was in the McGuinty government of Ontario. And guess who two of the innermost Ontario Liberals were who learned at the side of Sir Barber? None other than Gerald Butts and Katie Telford, who are now in the smallest circle of the Prime Minister's Office. This new Results and Delivery Unit is housed in the Privy Council Office and will be led by PCO Deputy Secretary Michael Mendelsohn, who will have a seemingly parallel position to the top bureaucrat in the Federal government, Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick. The 2016-17 budget funds the RDU with $49 million, 2017-18 is slated for $50 million.
The money is there, the management is there, the concept is there. Will it work here? Some say it can. Some say it is nothing but the same old top-down micromanagement reminiscent of the Harper regime. Only in another office on another floor of the Langevin Block.
We will look at the history of deliverology and the possibilities both positive and negative. The people involved, from Ottawa to Provincial governments to the civil service that will ultimately have to carry out the plans. Tune in, join the chat, call in and be heard
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