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Tuesday 1 December 2015


Managing successful projects with PRINCE2 [Japanese print version]. 4th ed..

Corporate Author:
Rod Sowden

Combining rigour and flexibility, MSP helps all organisations - public sector and private, large and small - achieve successful outcomes from their programme management time and time again. With change a pressing reality for all organisations, successful programme management has never been more vital to success. Organisations must respond as new processes or services are introduced, supplier relationships alter and structures adapt to market forces or legislation. At the same time, all organisations strive to achieve excellence by improving practices, offering better services, preparing more effectively for the future and encouraging innovation. But change always creates new challenges and risks. Inevitably there will be interdependencies to manage and conflicting priorities to resolve as the organisation adapts not just to a new situation internally but to the constantly shifting world outside.To enable organisations to manage their programmes successfully, they need a structured framework that does two things. It must acknowledge that every programme exists in its own context and demands unique interpretation. At the same time it must be universally applicable. MSP has been developed with these two priorities in mind. Its framework allows users to consistently manage a huge variety of programmes so that they deliver quality outcomes and lasting benefits. Fusing leadership with management best practice, MSP enables organisations to coordinate their key functions, develop a clear sense of unity and purpose and achieve the strategic cohesion necessary to drive through effective change

  • ISBN: 9780113314843
  • £75.00


Valle de México, Mexico.

OECD territorial reviews
Corporate Author:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

This review finds that while Mexico has taken important steps in addressing the urban challenges in the Valle de México, Mexico's largest metropolitan area, there is a need for major metropolitan governance reform. Serious urban governance failings are inhibiting adequate responses to critical urban development priorities - regeneration, access to adequate housing, reliable and safe public transport, and environmental protection. Several measures are currently being implemented. However, these tools and reforms will not produce the desired solutions to urban problems in the absence of metropolitan thinking, strategic regional planning, and improved co-ordination and collaboration across levels of government.

  • ISBN: 9789264245167
  • £44.00


The innovation imperative: contributing to productivity, growth and well-being.

Corporate Author:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Well-timed and targeted innovation boosts productivity, increases economic growth and helps solve societal problems. But how can governments encourage more people to innovate more of the time? And how can government itself be more innovative? The OECD Innovation Strategy provides a set of principles to spur innovation in people, firms and government. It takes an in-depth look at the scope of innovation and how it is changing, as well as where and how it is occurring, based on updated research and data.

  • ISBN: 9789264239807
  • £56.00


Climate change mitigation: policies and progress.

Corporate Author:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

This report reviews trends and progress on climate change mitigation policies in 34 OECD countries and 10 partner economies (Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Russian Federation and South Africa), as well as in the European Union. Together, these countries account for over 80% of global GHG emissions. It covers three areas: 1) mitigation targets and goals, 2) carbon pricing instruments (such as energy and carbon taxation, emissions trading systems, as well as support for fossil fuels) and 3) key domestic policy settings in the energy and other sectors (including renewable energy, power generation and transport, innovation and RandD, and mitigation policies in agriculture, forestry, industry and waste sectors). The report is accompanied by an online country profiles tool containing more detailed information

  • ISBN: 9789264232679
  • £22.00


Building public engagement: options for developing select committee outreach: first special report of session 2015-16.

House of Commons papers (2015-16) - 470.
Corporate Author:
Liaison Committee
Andrew Tyrie (chair)

In 2012 the House of Commons introduced a new 'core task' for all select committees that focused on public engagement as a distinctive and explicit factor of their work. This report focuses on how the select committees have responded to the new core task. Three core conclusions emerged: a) there has been a significant shift within the select committee system to taking public engagement seriously and this is reflected in many examples of innovation; b) this shift, however, has not been systematic and levels of public engagement vary significantly from committee to committee; and c) a more vibrant and systematic approach to public engagement is urgently needed but this will require increased resources, a deeper appreciation of the distinctive contribution that select committees can make and a deeper cultural change at Westminster. This report therefore details innovations in relation to the use of social media, the structure of inquiries and innovative outreach. Public engagement has not yet been fully embedded into the culture of parliament but there is evidence of significant 'cracks and wedges' that can now be built-upon and extended during the 2015-20 Parliament. Clearly the focus of the committee and the topic of the inquiry will have some bearing on the approach to engagement adopted but a more expansive and ambitious approach across the board is to be encouraged. This report leads to a ten-point set of inter-related recommendations but they can all be connected in the sense that the existing social research demonstrates a clear desire on the part of the public to 'do politics differently'.

  • ISBN: 9780215087980
  • £14.50


Childhood obesity-brave and bold action: first report of session 2015-16: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2015-16) - 465.
Corporate Author:
Health Committee
Sarah Wollaston (chairman)

Treating obesity and its consequences is currently estimated to cost the NHS £5.1bn every year. It is one of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes, which accounts for spending of £8.8 billion a year, almost 9% of the NHS budget. The wider costs of obesity to society are estimated to be around three times this amount. By contrast, the UK spends only around £638 million on obesity prevention programmes. The evidence shows that information campaigns aimed at promoting healthier choices generally tend to help those who are already engaged with health, and may therefore only serve to widen health inequalities. Recommendations were made in nine different areas. No one single area offers a solution in itself, but there is a strong case for implementing changes in all of these areas. They are: strong controls on price promotions of unhealthy food and drink; tougher controls on marketing and advertising of unhealthy food and drink; a centrally led reformulation programme to reduce sugar in food and drink; a sugary drinks tax on full sugar soft drinks with all proceeds targeted to help those children at greatest risk of obesity; labelling of single portions of products with added sugar to show sugar content in teaspoons; improved education and information about diet; universal school food standards; greater powers for local authorities to tackle the environment leading to obesity; early intervention and further research into the most effective interventions. If the Government fails to act, the problem will become far worse

  • ISBN: 9780215087966
  • £ 12.00

Social Issues

Connecting with emigrants: a global profile of diasporas 2015.

Corporate Author:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

This publication describes the size and characteristics of emigrant populations by origin countries with a special focus on educational attainment and labour force status. It offers origin countries a detailed picture of the size and composition of their diasporas, as well as their evolution since 2000. It contains an overview chapter and six regional chapters, covering: Asia and Oceania, Latin America and the Caribbean; OECD countries; Non-OECD European and Central Asian countries; Middle East and North Africa; and Sub-Saharan Africa. Regional chapters are followed by a regional note and country notes.

  • ISBN: 9789264239838
  • £86.00