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Outcome Two

Outcome Two

The programmes, services and products of funded agencies are of high quality and widely accessible

Appropriations: Policy Advice and Monitoring of Funded Agencies; Purchasing Advice and Monitoring of Sport and Recreation Crown Entities

Key Activities: Monitoring of the government’s interest in cultural organisations, arts, heritage, broadcasting and sports agencies

The government funds a number of Crown entities and other agencies which operate at ‘arm’s length’ to deliver cultural goods and help achieve cultural outcomes. This significant investment in cultural sector organisations’ operations is based on an expectation that – whatever degree of independence they have with respect to their own activities – their strategic orientation is consistent with the government’s broad objectives. Details on how funded agencies contribute to government outcomes are contained in each agency’s Statement of Intent.

A key aspect of this arrangement is that it relies on good governance by the boards of these agencies and the effective management and delivery of programmes and services (operational capability). Effective governance and operational capability are key drivers of high-quality and widely accessible agency programmes, services or products.

What are we seeking to achieve?

In addition to high-quality and widely accessible funded-agency programmes, services or products, the Ministry’s initiatives for Outcome Two also support:

· Value for money for the government’s investment in cultural agencies

· Ministerial confidence in funded-agency performance.

What will we do to achieve this?

Initiative One – enhancing funded-agency governance: Many generic resources are available to support board members. However, our experience is that boards benefit more from customised material focused on the specific issues they are facing. To enable the best possible governance practice and to address the often unique requirements of the Crown sector (such as accountability to Parliament and media scrutiny), high-quality and relevant resources are important. Good governance is also reliant on the appointment of high-quality board members, and the Ministry plays a key role in providing support and advice to Ministers in selecting and appointing board members.

Initiative Two – developing funded-agency capability: The agencies supported through the Ministry include a number of smaller agencies with varying levels of resourcing. The risk of poor performance increases when an agency has limited capability. The Ministry provides an ‘Agency Assistance Programme’ which addresses identified gaps in agency capability. This focuses on leadership, strategic planning, human resources, financial management, relationship management and outcome delivery. Smaller-sized and/or new agencies will continue to be targeted, as they are likely to gain the greatest benefits from this programme due to their more limited level of resources and/or stage of development.

Initiative Three – implementation of the broadcasting-charter evaluation framework: Options for securing the effective delivery of public service broadcasting and local content in a multi-platform environment will be identified and implemented.

The following table provides details of the target audiences and long-term impacts for the strategic initiatives and services for Outcome Two.

 

Strategic priority

Strategic initiatives and services

Target audiences

Long-term Impacts

Appropriation: Policy Advice and Monitoring of Funded Agencies; Purchasing Advice and Monitoring of Sport and Recreation Crown Entities

Develop and maintain programmes to enhance the governance, performance and operational capability of funded agencies

Initiative One:Enhancing funded-agency governance:

Improving the diversity and quality of our database of ‘board ready candidates; appointing high-performing boards; providing board induction programmes; providing support programmes for best-practice Crown governance

 

Ministers, agency boards, agency senior managers

Well-performing boards leading well-performing agencies

 

Initiative Two:Developing funded-agency capability

Identify and implement options for securing the effective delivery of public service broadcasting and local content in a multi-platform environment

Initiative Three: Implementation of the broadcasting charter evaluation framework

Public service broadcasters

Public service broadcasters regularly reporting the impact of their performance and progress towards charter outcomes

 

How will we demonstrate our success?

(a) Strategic initiatives

The success of the Ministry’s strategic initiatives and services for Outcome Two will be measured by their five-year impacts. Actual progress is monitored in relation to the desired (or target) impact trend.The following tables outline the five-year impacts, high-level measures and desired trends for the key initiatives and services supporting Outcome Two.

 

Strategic initiatives – Outcome Two

Five-year impacts

Measure

Desired trend/ standard

 

Appropriation: Policy Advice and Monitoring of Funded Agencies

 

Initiative One:Enhancing funded-agency governance

Effective governance of funded agencies

Funded agencies developing their operational capability

Overall improvement in governance and operational capability

 

 

 

p

 

 

Initiative Two:Developing funded-agency capability

 

Well-performing funded agencies

Ministerial confidence in funded-agency performance

u

 

Initiative Three: Implementation of the broadcasting charter evaluation framework

Public service broadcasters are reporting quantitatively on their performance against their charters

Ministerial confidence in public service broadcasters’ performance

u

 

               Legend:  Increasing trend   p Sustained trend u

 

(b) Outcome progress

Progress towards Outcome Two is demonstrated by reference to the impact trends indicated above and by key overall outcome indicators. The key overall indicators for Outcome Two are funded agencies’ performance, quality of funded-agency programmes and target audience participation in funded-agency programmes. These indicators draw on information from both the Ministry’s and funded agencies’ operations. The desired trends for the indicators for Outcome Two are:

 

Key indicators for Outcome Two

Desired (target) trend

Funded agencies’ performance

p

Quality of funded-agency programmes

p

Target audience participation in funded-agency programmes

p

Legend:  Increasing trend   p


Updated on 23rd July 2015