Thursday, February 26, 2004

NS - The tyranny of targets

"Audit is an iron cage" - David Marquand

Targets stop you adapting as circumstances change, and they may force you to adapt your practices to the demmands of the audit process.

It is the nature of state employees that they play things by the book, referring decisions upwards, protecting their backs, sticking to establishment procedures. The penalties for unauthorised error are greater than the reqards of inspired sucess. Targets and central controls make public servants more risk-adverse, and less inclined towards...bold inovation.