Managing Public Sector Budgets and Services – the Challenges of COVID-19: What to Do and How to Do it

Project number: 2120405

- Online Course -

Date & pricing

29/09/2021 - 30/09/2021
Register before: 21/09/2021

€ 700,00 per attendee

€ 630,00 for EIPA members*

Managing Public Sector Budgets and Services – the Challenges of COVID-19: What to Do and How to Do it

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Since 2011 this EIPA course has helped experienced finance professionals and service managers make better decisions for delivering services to citizens – and in 2021 we are again partnering with OECD’s Territorial Governance Department to do so.

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About this online workshop

COVID-19 and the need for public sector bodies to rethink priorities will make budgeting and service delivery decisions even more difficult in the coming years.

This will affect the public sector at all levels – European, national and sub-national. Since 2011 this EIPA course has helped experienced finance professionals and service managers make better decisions for delivering services to citizens – and in 2021 we are again partnering with OECD’s Territorial Governance Department to do so.

This year we will be concentrating on how COVID-19 has affected the public financial management cycle – budgeting, budget execution, planning and delivery of services and how it impacts on key financial/operational risks.

We cover 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 budgetary control and operational performance management as tools to manage public services, including setting/using KPIs and when/how to deal with budget overspends and unfavourable service delivery 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 at EU, national and sub-national level;
  • Adequate time to discuss with our experts and other participants issues arising in your situation.

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 execution of the budget and in management of service delivery;
  • Better understand how auditors can help public sector bodies to improve their management of finances/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.



“The days of the politics of “and” are over – Budgeting is about making choices about what services to deliver to citizens and in what way”

Michael Burnett

Read Michael Burnett’s blog ‘Understanding the public sector financial management cycle’

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How will it help you?

Finance professionals and service managers need to work together to provide information for political choice in budgets.

To make this happen, finance professionals and service managers need to talk to each and understand each other’s language.

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.
Gracia Vara Arribas

Gracia Vara Arribas

Regions and cities in the EU, Impact Assessment and Evaluation, Strategic Public Procurement

Michael Burnett

Michael Burnett

Public Procurement / PPP / Public Sector Management

Andrew Blazey

Andrew Blazey

OECD
Public Financial Management

Practical information

Online Course
For this online course we make use of Zoom

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

Discounts
EIPA offers a 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.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.

Payment
Prior payment is a condition for participation.

Cancellation policy
For administrative reasons you will be charged € 50 for cancellations received within 7 days before the activity begins. There is no charge for qualified substitute participants.

 EIPA reserves the right to cancel the activity up to 1 week before the starting date. In that case, registration fees received will be fully reimbursed. 

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The programme

09.30 Opening of on-line platform
09.45 Welcome and introduction to the workshop
Michael Burnett, External Expert, European Financial and Performance Management, Birmingham, (UK)
10.00 Public sector budgeting and service delivery in the post Covid environment : Introduction

  • Why it matters
  • Linking public sector budgeting to service delivery objectives: What to do and how to do it
  • Case studies

Michael Burnett

11.00 Break
11.15 Public sector budgeting and service delivery: Introduction (continued)
Michael Burnett
12.00 Break
12.15 Public sector budgeting in practice:Introduction to OECD budget principles
Andrew Blazey, Deputy Head, Budgeting and Public Expenditures Division, OECD, Paris (FR)
13.15 Break
13.30 Public sector budgeting in practice: – The EU Budget – COVID-19 and beyond
XX, Brussels (BE)
15.00 End of day one
09.30 Opening of on-line platform
09.45 Public sector budgeting in practice: National responses to COVID-19
Andrew Blazey
11.15 Break
11.30 Public sector budgeting in practice: Experience at sub-national level – United Kingdom – Case study
Michael Burnett
12.15 Break
12.30 Financial Management in practice – Key issues after COVID-19/national case studies
Andrew Blazey
13.45 Break
14.00 Managing service delivery in practice – Key issues after COVID-19/case study
Michael Burnett
15.15 Conclusion and end of workshop