Four Award Categories
1. Council-Community Relationships
How do you develop and maintain strong relationships with your community?
This category covers projects that demonstrate excellence, innovation or sector leadership in engaging with communities. It can cover a wide range of activities and projects that have community engagement as a key aspect.
2. Building Organisational Capability
Local authority managers are responsible for maintaining and enhancing the capabilities in their organisation.
This category covers activities that demonstrate innovation and sector leadership in building organisational capability which may include projects in human resources, technology, process or systems development or other relevant areas.
3. Joined-Up Local Government
Often, councils work with with one or more other agencies or organisations to advance a common goal.
This category is for successful and innovative joined up projects which demonstrate ongoing commitment and is mutually beneficial to all parties involved. The category could include projects that span across a wide range of areas of local authority activity, including 'shared services' arrangements.
4. Better Services for Less
In the wake of the Global Financial Crisis, local authorities are facing a climate of increasing fiscal constraint. How did you deliver more for less?
This category is for projects that have innovative and new approaches of doing things as a response to the pressures of the current environment. The projects can relate to any area of council activity which is about delivering improved value for money to ratepayers.
Choosing the Category
- Sometimes projects do not fall clearly into a single category.
- Entrants are encouraged to think how the elements of 'innovation and excellence' in the project fit into the category.