Research & improvement

Insight with Better Connected

Overview

Our Insight subscription service undertakes research into topical issues related to the management of information and technology and policy-related matters in the local public sector. We produce publications, briefings and events, all aiming to provide up to date guidance and help in planning for the future. 

The subscription covers the calendar year. You can take out Socitm Insight subscriptions out at any time in the year and will immediately receive all reports and briefings that have been produced for the year to date. Insight includes the Better Connected Service.

All reports and briefings are provided in the Insight Knowledge Hub Group in years. Please note access is restricted to paying organisations but available to any employees with a corporate email address.

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Latest news

Council managers who missed the ‘ShareDigital 2015’ event in July have another opportunity to benefit from peer experience in Socitm’s latest briefing Catch-up on ShareDigital 2015: too useful to have missed?

The ShareDigital 2015 event (run in London on 9 July) featured 50 ‘share sessions’ – informal presentations and roundtables on topics submitted by delegates that provided multiple opportunities for other delegates to hear about their digital successes, issues and experiences.

Five of the 50 stepped forward to present ‘quickfire’ insights at the end of the day, and these have been gathered in a briefing which also points readers to links to further reading and materials on the topics covered.

Catch-up on ShareDigital 2015: too useful to have missed? is available free of charge to Socitm corporate members and Insight subscribers.

Details

Benefits

  • Authoritative commentary and well-informed advice
  • Quick access into best practice of all aspects of ICT management
  • Practical approaches for dealing with new issues
  • Key message presented simply and clearly for busy managers
  • Material that can be quickly used for meetings, workshops and seminars

Costs

Please note that the prices below are for organisations with at least one member. Any organisations without members will pay around 30% more. Public sector membership costs just £100.

The subscription covers the calendar year. You can take out Socitm Insight subscriptions out at any time in the year and will immediately receive access to our back catalogue.

Prices shown below are exclusive of VAT and based on:

  • Net current revenue expenditure for Public and Third Sector
  • Number of employees for Private Sector

SPP's can upgrade to full Insight service for the following cost:

  • Band 1 - £519.25
  • Band 2 - £860.25
  • Band 3 - £1371.75

Corporate members One or more members All others
Public or Third Sector Band 1 - under £20m Free £670 £871
Public or Third Sector Band 2 - £20m or over Free £890 £1157
Public or Third Sector Band 3 - £100m or over Free £1110 £1443
Public or Third Sector Band 4 - £200m or over Free £1330 £1729
Public or Third Sector Band 5 - £400m or over Free £1550 £2015
Public or Third Sector Band 6 - £1000m or over Free £1770 £2301
Private Sector Band 1 - 10 or fewer employees Free £670 £1273
Private Sector Band 2 - 11 to 50 employees Free £1110 £2109
Private Sector Band 3 - over 50 employees Free £1770 £3363

Outputs/deliverables

  • Research and reports widely acclaimed for clarity, relevance and readability.
  • Online access to our research and allied resources
  • A range of benchmarking activities to improve performance
  • Workshops and seminars to introduce new products and disseminate advice

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Insight reports

  • Better connected 2015
  • Toward Digital Council - Better connected 2015 Executive Briefing 
  • Flexible and mobile working - 'I should CoCo!’
  • Living with austerity - making hard choices for ICT investment 

All reports are provided in the Insight Knowledge Hub Group in years.

Insight topical briefings

Issue 80: Buurtzorg Nederland: a model for future public services? August 2015
Austerity demands innovative ways of working. This may involve self-directing teams, ultra-lean management hierarchies, and organisational structures that are designed around the needs of the customer rather than the needs of the organisation. One such example is home care in the Netherlands. We explore how ICT supported daily operations and strategy. Is this approach transferable to the UK?

  • Issue 79: Catch-up on ShareDigital 2015: too useful to have missed? July 2015
  • Issue 78: Sentiment analysis: a useful technique? June 2015
  • Issue 77: Better connected intranets: is this now, at last, the time to engage? May 2015
  • Issue 76: Your ICT governance: fit for purpose in times of austerity? April 2015

All briefings are provided in the Insight Knowledge Hub Group in years.