Efficient Management of Public Sector Budgets and Services – What to Do and How to Do It

Project number: 1920405

EIPA Headquarters, Maastricht (NL)

Date & pricing

15/10/2019 - 16/10/2019
Register before: 30/09/2019

€ 1.100,00 per attendee

€ 990,00 for EIPA members*

Efficient Management of Public Sector Budgets and Services – What to Do and How to Do It

From:  990,00

Since 2011 this EIPA course has helped experienced finance professionals and service managers make better decisions for delivering services to citizens – and in 2019 we are again partnering with OECD’s Territorial Governance Department to do so.

About this course

Are you about to face the annual budget battle?
Are this year’s decisions even more difficult than usual?
Help is now at hand!

Since 2011 this EIPA course has helped experienced finance professionals and service managers make better decisions for delivering services to citizens – and in 2019 we are again partnering with OECD’s Territorial Governance Department to do so.

We cover key financial/operational risks across the public financial management cycle – budgeting, budget execution, planning and delivery of services focusing on how to:

  • Prepare public sector budgets and service plans in difficult times by making realistic choices about priorities and thus make best use of limited resources;
  • Link budgets to service priorities;
  • Use budgets as a tool to manage public services, including setting/using KPIs and when/how to deal with unfavourable outcomes.

We also cover stakeholder impact budgets (such as gender-based budgeting), the role of multi-annual budgets and the challenges in performance budgeting.

Course methodology
To help you to do so we will give you:

  • Initial input with presentations on key issues on budgeting, financial management and operational service management and service planning;
  • Examples/case studies to show you what happens in practice across the EU at national and sub-national level;
  • Exercises to reinforce your understanding of the practical application of budgeting, financial management and operational service management and service planning;
  • Adequate time to discuss with our experts and other participants issues arising in your situation.

Who will benefit most?
This workshop is for officials from European institutions/agencies, ministries, national executive agencies, regional governments, municipalities and other public sector bodies such as:

  • Finance staff experienced in preparing budgets and financial management reports;
  • Service managers who need to understand budgets, financial management reports and operational management reports to better plan and manage services;
  • Auditors who can help public sector bodies improve how they control finances and manage services.

If you are a finance professional or service manager in the public sector, come and share experiences with your peers and learn from our experts to deal with the difficult challenges you are facing.

What you will learn in this course

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Better understand the role of budgeting in the public sector and why it matters;
  • Be able to deal more effectively with the current challenges for budgeting and service planning for finance staff and service managers;
  • Achieve better co-operation between finance staff and service managers to improve public service planning and delivery;
  • Be able to identify/manage the most commonly arising financial and operational risks in budget preparation and planning for service delivery;
  • Be able to identify/manage the commonly arising financial and operational risks in the budget execution of and service delivery;
  • Better understand how auditors can help public sector bodies to improve their management of finances/services.
Michael Burnett

Michael Burnett (UK)

Public Procurement / PPP / Public Sector Management

Andrew Blazey

Andrew Blazey

Public Financial Management - External Expert

Harrie Scholtens

Harrie Scholtens

Local Government - External Expert

Practical information

Course venue
European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)
O.L. Vrouweplein 22
6211 HE, Maastricht
the Netherlands

Programme Organiser
Ms Belinda Vetter
Tel: + 31 43 3296382
b.vetter@eipa.eu

Fee
The fee includes documentation and refreshments. Lunches, a reception or dinner are included if mentioned in the programme. Accommodation and travel costs are at the expense of the participants or their administration.

Discounts
EIPA offers a 10% discount to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s supporting countries, and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency.

Who are the supporting countries?
Civil servants coming from the following EIPA supporting countries are entitled to get the reduced fee: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.

Meals
Lunches, the reception or dinner will be served at a restaurant in town. Special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic) can be indicated once you receive the confirmation of the seminar.

Hotel reservations

EIPA has special price arrangements with a number of hotels. All hotels are within 10 minutes walking distance from EIPA. Should you wish to make use of this possibility, please book directly via the links below. Payment is to be made directly and personally to the hotel upon checking out. At the time of booking, please mention in the requested field the EIPA project number for your course.

Payment
Prior payment is a condition for participation.

Cancellation policy
For administrative reasons you will be charged €150 for cancellations received within 15 days before the activity begins. There is no charge for qualified substitute participants.

EIPA reserves the right to cancel the activity up to 2 weeks before the starting date. In that case, registration fees received will be fully reimbursed. EIPA accepts no responsibility for any costs incurred (travel, accommodation, etc.). 

The programme

09.00 Review of day one and introduction to day two

Michael Burnett

09,15 Public sector budgeting in practice: Experience at sub-national level – Case study – United Kingdom

Michael Burnett

10.15 Public sector budgeting in practice: Experience at sub-national level – Case study – the Netherlands

Harrie Scholtens, External Expert, EIPA/Former Seconded National Expert (the Netherlands), EIPA, Maastricht (NL) and Former City Manager, Middleharnis (NL)

11.15 Coffee break
11.45 Managing budgets in practice: Key issues

Andrew Blazey

12.30 Lunch
13.45 Managing budgets in practice: Key issues (continued)

Managing budgets in practice: Experience at national level – Case studies – EU Member States and Canada

Andrew Blazey

15.00 Managing service delivery in practice: Key issues

Michael Burnett

15.45 Coffee break
16.15 Managing service delivery in practice: Experience at sub-national level – Case study – United Kingdom

Michael Burnett

17.00 Evaluation and end of workshop
III. Introduction to counterfactual evaluation approaches and how to use them in practice

Stephen Morris, Professor of Evaluation, PERU, Manchester Metropolitan University

09.30 Counterfactual approaches to causation

Early on in the process of designing an evaluation you will need to consider how a counterfactual will be identified and estimated. This session will show you that once having identified a potential counterfactual you will then need to consider how you will measure counterfactual outcomes and possible collect control data from them. This will set ground for the next session of the programme.

10.30 Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) as a way of identifying counterfactuals

A randomised controlled trial is an evaluation methodology which aims to draw an objective picture of the difference that a project, programme or policy makes by comparing its effect on separate groups. There is a real need to gain a clearer understanding of who requests and uses RCTs, and this session will provide that knowledge.

11.30 Coffee Break
12.00 Practical Session 2: designing an experiment

Participants design an experiment and solve problems from a Commissioner´s perspective.

13.00 Lunch
14.30 Quasi-experimental approaches

Overview of quasi-experimental methods and techniques to quantitatively evaluate the impact of an intervention. Using ample examples, the approaches covered include regression, difference-in-differences and matching. ITS and regression discontinuity will also be discussed.

15.30 Practical Session 3: using quasi-experimental approaches

Participants discuss the practical application of quasi-experimental approaches, also in cases where randomisation is not possible.

16.00 Wrapping up and closing of the seminar
TUESDAY 15 OCTOBER 2019
 
09.30 Welcome and introduction to the workshop
Michael Burnett, Expert, European Public Management and EPSA 2017 Theme Leader, EIPA, Maastricht (NL)
   
10.00 Public sector budgeting and service delivery: Introduction

  • Why it matters
  • Current context and challenges
  • Linking public sector budgeting to service delivery objectives: What to do and how to do it

Michael Burnett

   
11.00 Coffee break
   
11.30 Public sector budgeting and service delivery: Introduction (continued)
Michael Burnett
   
12.30 Lunch
   
14.00 Public sector budgeting in practice:Introduction to OECD budget principles
Andrew Blazey, Deputy Head, Budgeting and Public Expenditures Division, OECD, Paris (FR)
   
15.15 Coffee break
   
15.45 Public sector budgeting in practice: Experience at national level –  Case studies – Sweden, Germany and Ireland
Andrew Blazey
   
17.30 End of day one
   
18.00 Reception at Hotel Derlon
   
   
WEDNESDAY 16 OCTOBER 2019
 
09.00 Review of day one and introduction to day two
Michael Burnett
   
09,15 Public sector budgeting in practice: Experience at sub-national level – Case study – United Kingdom
Michael Burnett
   
10.15 Public sector budgeting in practice: Experience at sub-national level – Case study – the Netherlands
Harrie Scholtens, External Expert, EIPA/Former Seconded National Expert (the Netherlands), EIPA, Maastricht (NL) and Former City Manager, Middleharnis (NL)
   
11.15 Coffee break
   
11.45 Managing budgets in practice: Key issues
Andrew Blazey
   
12.30 Lunch
   
13.45 Managing budgets in practice: Key issues (continued)
Managing budgets in practice: Experience at national level – Case studies – EU Member States and Canada
Andrew Blazey
   
15.00 Managing service delivery in practice: Key issues
Michael Burnett
   
15.45 Coffee break
   
16.15 Managing service delivery in practice: Experience at sub-national level – Case study – United Kingdom
Michael Burnett
   
17.00 Evaluation and end of workshop

Course venue
European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)
O.L. Vrouweplein 22
6211 HE, Maastricht
the Netherlands

Programme Organiser
Ms Belinda Vetter
Tel: + 31 43 3296382
b.vetter@eipa.eu

Fee
The fee includes documentation and refreshments. Lunches, a reception or dinner are included if mentioned in the programme. Accommodation and travel costs are at the expense of the participants or their administration.

Discounts
EIPA offers a 10% discount to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s supporting countries, and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency.

Who are the supporting countries?
Civil servants coming from the following EIPA supporting countries are entitled to get the reduced fee: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.

Meals
Lunches, the reception or dinner will be served at a restaurant in town. Special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic) can be indicated once you receive the confirmation of the seminar.

Hotel reservations
EIPA has special price arrangements with a number of hotels. All hotels are within 10 minutes walking distance from EIPA. Should you wish to make use of this possibility, please book directly via the links below. Payment is to be made directly and personally to the hotel upon checking out. At the time of booking, please mention in the requested field the EIPA project number for your course.

Confirmation
Confirmation of registration will be forwarded to participants on receipt of the completed online registration form.

Payment
Prior payment is a condition for participation.

Cancellation policy
For administrative reasons you will be charged €150 for cancellations received within 15 days before the activity begins. There is no charge for qualified substitute participants.

EIPA reserves the right to cancel the activity up to 2 weeks before the starting date. In that case, registration fees received will be fully reimbursed. EIPA accepts no responsibility for any costs incurred (travel, accommodation, etc.).