Ports of Genoa and risk management: an agreement for a system of multilevel internal audit

Ports of Genoa and Risk Management. A recent agreement between the Public Value Research Centre (CERVAP), promoted by the University of Ferrara Department of Economics and Management, and the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority to develop a multilevel internal audit system from the perspective of integrated risk management.

The Public Value Research Centre, especially active in the areas of Performance Management and Risk Management, pursues under its statute research, advanced training and third mission activities, providing in these areas:

  • research activities with reference to the Public Administration of the different sectors, including on commission, offering high qualification, experience and state-of-the-art know-how;
  • advanced training, interactive and directed towards active learning in the sectors of expertise, also in the form of methodological support workshops;
  • public engagement activities and the transfer of knowledge for the purpose of disseminating the results of partnerships or research.

The Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority, which takes in the ports of Genoa, Pra’, Savona and Vado, was set up under Legislative Decree no. 169 dated 4 August 2016 which reorganises and rationalises the discipline of the port authorities covered by law no. 84 of 28 January 1994. The comprehensive nature of its activities in the different seaports make it one of Italy’s biggest port systems, in terms of the quantity of goods and passenger traffic, the number of maritime connections and the quality of auxiliary services offered.

The president of the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority (ADSP) Dr. Paolo Emilio Signorini therefore chose CERVAP researchers for a two-year collaboration in the area of risk management.

In keeping with the Centre’s purposes, the Scientific Director and a team of researchers from the Research Centre will engage in research, training and third mission services aimed at analysing and mapping the risks of the Port System Authority in order to develop a multilevel internal audit system from the perspective of integrated risk management. Basic and specific training support activities will also be provided as well as actual Innovation Labs with the work team.

IIAS-EUROMENA Conference 2022: Young Global Public Administration

From 27 June to 1 July 2022, Rome will host the conference of the International Institute of Administrative Science (IAAS): “IIAS-EUROMENA Conference 2022”. The conference is organised by the University of Rome Tor Vergata and in particular by the Government and Civil Society Research Group of the Department of Management and Law of the Tor Vergata Economics Faculty.

The Government and Civil Society Research Group is directed by Prof. Marco Meneguzzo, of the Public Value Research Centre (CERVAP), and promotes research, teaching and third mission activities in the field of public management and social innovation, integrating experience and expertise gained in the public and private sector and making use of a national and international network of researchers, from universities and scientific associations, qualified experts and technicians from public administrations.

The main theme of the conference is “Next Generation Governance and Young Global Public Administration: Mobilizing People, Skills, Energies for a Sustainable New Normal”.
Topic areas to be covered include planning and strategic management for the Next EU Generation, digitalisation and emerging technologies for recovery and resilience, anti-corruption and corruption risk management.

The conference will be held on the premises of the University of Rome Tor Vergata and the LUISS University of Rome, as well as in some of the buildings of the Italian Government. It will involve numerous national and international partners from the academic and institutional world, as well as international institutions.

A “call for panel” will be opened in order to identify the key research and practical issues regarding the main theme and the key topics of the conference. The themes of research resulting from these panels will help to define the actual conference programme.

For further information follow the link: https://iias-euromena-conference2022.org

Pro-rector for creating Public Value: an innovative appointment for the University of Ferrara

Ferrara, 13 December 2021. The new Rector of the University of Ferrara Prof. Laura Ramaciotti, by personal decree, appointed to the post of “Pro-rector for Programming, Budget and Creating Public Value” Prof. Enrico Deidda Gagliardo, Scientific Director of the Public Value Research Centre, of the Master in Improving the Performance of Territorial Authorities and other public administrations (PERF.ET), of the Master in Public Management & Innovation of the Bologna Business School (BBS) of the University of Bologna and Full professor of Performance,⁠ Anti-corruption and Public Value⁠ in the Department of Economics and Management.

This is the first institutional appointment on the Italian panorama dedicated to creating Public Value in the sense of “the improvement in the level of economic-social-environmental wellbeing of the recipients of the policies and public services compared to the starting conditions”. A concept shared by the Civil Service Department and which, also thanks to the efforts of Prof. Enrico Deidda Gagliardo himself, is gaining more and more ground within Public Administration.

The Public Value Research Centre working group is very active in this area and has recently published the results of the Observatory of Public Value created by the Metropolitan Cities: there are 88 indicators, divided into the four performance dimensions (Impact, Effectiveness, Efficiency and Health of the Resources) to promote the diffusion of integrated Public Value programming practices in an interinstitutional logic.

Over the next three years Prof. Enrico Deidda Gagliardo will carry out for the University of Ferrara the direction, initiative and coordination of the activities concerned with creating Public Value, an area of particular importance for the University of Ferrara, that will be aimed at measuring the performance and the impacts of the University itself on students, researchers, technical-administrative staff, and territory, with special reference to the missions of the University system.

CERVAP and ComPA FVG Foundation: an agreement for mapping and simplifying internal processes

Following the recent signing of the framework agreement, the Public Value Research Centre (CERVAP), promoted by the University of Ferrara Department of Economics and Management, and the ComPA FVG Foundation, an instrumental body of the National Association of the Italian Municipalities of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, signed the first implementation agreement regarding mapping and simplifying internal processes from the point of view of integrating Performance Management and Risk Management.

The Public Value Research Centre pursues by statute research, advanced training and third mission activities, providing in these areas:

  • research activities with reference to the Public Administration of the different sectors, including on commission, offering high qualification, experience and state-of-the-art know-how;
  • advanced training, interactive and directed towards active learning in the sectors of expertise, also in the form of methodological support workshops;
  • public engagement activities and the transfer of knowledge for the purpose of disseminating the results of partnerships or research.

The ComPA FVG Foundation Was setted up in 2015 by the Associations of Municipalities, Provinces,  Mountain Communities and Health Authorities of Friuli-Venezia Giulia with the aim of strengthening the institutional, planning, organisational and managerial capacities of the Local Authorities, of the Public Organisations and Entities of Friuli-Venezia Giulia.

The ComPA FVG Foundation, in the person of its president Rodolfo Ziberna, therefore chose the CERVAP research group for a multi-year collaboration regarding mapping of its internal processes with a view to integrating the Performance Management and Risk Management of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia Local Authorities.

In keeping with the Centre’s purposes, the Scientific Director and a team of researchers from CERVAP will engage in research, training and third mission services aimed at integrated mapping and the subsequent re-engineering and simplification of internal processes, also in order to create an “Observatory on the simplification of the internal processes of Local Authorities” which will be available online for other authorities that wish to use the methods proposed.

ANCREL Antonino Borghi Prize: former UNIFE and CERVAP student wins the fourth edition

Rome, 16 October 2021. Dr. Dario Rocchi, who graduated from the University of Ferrara with a Master’s degree in Management and Public Policies in March of 2021, won the fourth edition of the Antonino Borghi prize, as part of the proceedings at the National Conference on Saturday 16 October 2021 “The National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) and the programming system of Local Authorities” organised in Rome, at the Sala Fellini – Roma Events Piazza di Spagna, by the National Association of Local Authority Auditors (ANCREL).

The prize, in its fourth edition, is dedicated to the memory of Antonino Borghi, former president of ANCREL, who is credited with the creation and diffusion of the culture of controls in local administrations. With the intention of promoting research into the subject of accounting and auditing Local Authorities in the academic world, ANCREL awards this prize to the best thesis on areas pertaining to the public accounting and auditing of Local Authorities.

Dr. Dario Rocchi, a Master’s graduate in Business Finance and Management, began this specialisation course in Public Administration in 2018 with a Master in Improving the Performance of Territorial Authorities and other public administrations (PERF.ET Master). The purpose of the thesis entitled “The dimensions of the deficit and financial equilibrium of Local Authorities: a multivariate analysis of the large and medium municipalities of Emilia-Romagna” is to identify, starting from the system of indicators in force, further dimensions of economic-financial imbalance in order to improve the capacity to highlight critical situations in the budgets of Local Authorities.

On receiving the award from Mrs Borghi, Dr. Dario Rocchi thanked the Scientific Committee for the prize, chaired by Prof. Andrea Ziruolo, the National Association of Local Authority Auditors (ANCREL) and the president Dr. Marco Castellani, his tutor Prof. Enrico Deidda Gagliardo and the team from the University of Ferrara Public Value Research Centre (CERVAP).

Youth policies: Prof. Enrico Deidda Gagliardo in the “COmittee for Evaluating the GEnerational Impact of public policies”

The Minister for Youth policies, Fabiana Dadone, set up COVIGE, the COmittee for Evaluating the GEnerational Impact of public policies, which will undertake the task of developing indicators and collecting data on the Impact of public policies and measures regarding, either directly or indirectly, the new generations, starting with the results expected from the projects contained in the PNRR.

Setting up the Committee whose work we launch today [22 July 2021], is a great qualitative leap in setting out youth policies. Young people are put at the centre of the Government’s policies by means of instruments and indicators able to measure and therefore coordinate the dynamics”. With these words the Minister Fabiana Dadone opened the work of the committee, in the presence of the Chief of Cabinet, Prof. Giovanni Panebianco, and of Head of Department, Counsellor Marco De Giorgi.

The Committee, chaired by Minister Dadone, is comprised of 17 members selected from the directors and representatives of Public Administrations, such as Istat, Inps, Inapp, National Health Institute, as well as University lecturers, and experts in evaluation and youth policies, including representatives of the National Youth Council and National Youth Agency.

These also include Prof. Enrico Deidda Gagliardo, Scientific Director of CERVAP, the Public Value Research Centre, and Deputy Pro-rector of the University of Ferrara.

Among the tasks of COVIGE, over the coming months, will be that of defining indicators useful for evaluating generational impact also with reference models used in other EU countries and the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda as well as the development of proposals on evaluating the impact of measures for young people in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan.

Public Value and Employment: Prof. Enrico Deidda Gagliardo speaking to the Chamber of Deputies

The challenge of employment has always been a critical issue in Italy and the repeated economic downturns resulting from the health emergency have worsened the conditions with anything but positive estimations.

Currently, the system of active employment policies is managed by a network of actors, both public and private, at central and decentralised level, which need to be strengthened, like the commitments of the Government, due to the critical and crucial nature of the challenges that must be faced in the near future.

It is clearly evident that these resources must ensure maximum possible result in terms of effectiveness: in such a critical situation, every Euro invested must generate a benefit for the community; a benefit that is clear, tangible, identifiable and significant.

In the same way, it seems necessary to adopt, in keeping with the indications of the Civil Service Department, an instrument for multidimensional measurement of the Public Value generated by the system of services dedicated to use, towards which the PA performance systems must be directed, to allow an evaluation which, besides taking into account the effects of the investment, make it possible to quickly identify actions needed to improve their effectiveness and efficiency.

On Tuesday 20 July, at 13.40, the 11th Commission – Public and Private Employment engaged in the following hearings as part of the discussions on resolution 7-00635 of the Hon. Antonio Viscomi and Romina Mura, concerning verification of the effectiveness of active employment policy interventions and defining general objectives for public administrations:

 

  • Enrico Deidda Gagliardo, full professor of Accounting and Finance at the University of Ferrara;
  • Chiara Pollina, sole director of Value Comune srl;
  • Renato Ruffini, full professor of Business organisation at the Milan State University;
  • Angelo Maria Savazzi, expert in evaluating administrative and individual performance in public administrations;
  • Elena Zuffada, full professor of Accounting and Finance at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan.

 

But what is Public Value generated by employment policies?

According to Prof. Enrico Deidda Gagliardo, it is the level of wellbeing of the recipients of active employment policies (workers, businesses and PAs), crystallised in “satisfactory employment” i.e. adequate in relation to the expertise of the people and the needs of businesses and PAs. This is achieved by means of the search for a dynamic equilibrium between the impacts (economic, social, environmental and health) of the policies, thanks to effective and efficient organisation of the public-private network of the services for employment, able to manage the risks of lacking, poor or inadequate employment (as well as cherry picking)  starting with care of the health of public administrations, of the employment agencies and of the other components of the network. All this, in a functional way to general objectives, pursuant to art. 5, paragraph 1, letter ‘a’ of Legislative Decree 150/2009 as modified by Legislative Decree 74/2017, on employment policies defined at national level and also measurable in terms of BES and/or SDGs.

In a simplified formula: + HEALTH RESOURCES of the Network of the Services for Employment –> + RSI PERFORMANCE –> – RSI RISKS –> + IMPACTS on workers and businesses –> + PUBLIC VALUE generated by the employment policies

FORUM PA 2021: the speeches of Prof. Enrico Deidda Gagliardo

FORUM PA 2021, once again this year , the most important national event on innovation took place in a purely digital format from 21 to 25 June. In five days, a rich programme of meetings consisting of scenarios, talks, seminars, interviews and training academies totalling 180 hours of live broadcast, over 700 speakers and almost 200 events streamed live addressing the actions necessary for implementing the missions and projects of the PNRR for the country’s recovery.

The main theme was “Connecting the vital energies of the country” based on the missions, objectives and interventions of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR). Implementing the PNRR is, in this sense, a large collective undertaking and Public Administration could be the “driver” that brings all the actors together.

Prof. Enrico Deidda Gagliardo, Deputy Pro-rector of the University of Ferrara and Scientific Director of CERVAP – Public Value Research Centre, took part also in this edition of FORUM PA as a speaker and with a space entirely given over to the topic of Public Value Governance.

Re-orienting the development: the administrative transition premise for the recovery

In the event that took place on 21 June 2021 on the “new alphabet for Public Administration”, from 14.00 to 18.00, Prof. Enrico Deidda Gagliardo took part as a speaker, in an event coordinated by Dr. Carlo Mochi Sismondi which saw the presence of the Minister of Public Administration Renato Brunetta.

The “Public Value Governance” of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan

In the talk on 23 June 2021 from 11.00 to 12.30, Prof. Enrico Deidda Gagliardo coordinated the debate on how to govern performance and manage risks to improve wellbeing and to promote the development of territories and citizens. Ciro Esposito (Minister for infrastructures and sustainable mobility), Andrea Ciaffi (Director of European and International Affairs – Conference of Regions and autonomous Provinces), Sandro Mazzatorta (Director General –Ferrara Municipal Council), Niccolò Cusumano (Associate Professor of Practice – SDA Bocconi School of Management), Gianpiero Ruggiero (Expert in performance management and innovation processes – CNR) took part in the debate on the model of governance of local Administrations, Regions and Local Authorities for creating Public Value as well as on the improvement of levels of professional and digital health for Good Administration.

What are the prospects for Smart Working in PA post-pandemic? The role of the AWOPs and their evolution

In the event that took place on 25 June 2021 from 17.00 to 18.00, coordinated by Prof. Mariano Corso (Head of Scientific Observatory Digital Innovation in Health at the Polytechnic University of Milan and President of P4I), Antonio Naddeo (President of ARAN) and Enrico Deidda Gagliardo analysed, at a distance of some months after the introduction of the AWOPs and the National Observatory of Agile Working in Public Administrations, the results of the research carried out on the adoption and programming quality of AWOPs, mapping out the trajectories of the challenges for developing Smart Working in PA in the wake of the Pandemic.

Smart Working, the first investigation into the quality of the Agile Working Organisational Plan (AWOP)

The subjects monitored are 34 administrations in the “Main Functions” sector that published the Agile Working Organisational Plan (AWOP) by 30 April 2021, on the performance portal or on their institutional website.

The average overall quality is around 67%. On the podium of organisations with the highest AWOP programming quality are ISTAT (90%), the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies (89%) and the Ministry of Economy and Finance (88%), that that become possible reference benchmarks to all effects.

However, various critical issues must still be improved, such as the insufficient evaluation of the external and internal impacts of smart working and the need to further fine-tune the organisational, training, technological and/or logistical choices. If on the one hand there has been a strong organisational reaction in response to the Covid emergency, on the other the effects have not been adequately monitored.

These are the main results of the first study on the quality of the Agile Working Organisational Plans (AWOP) 2021-2023, presented during the meeting on 12 May of the National observatory of agile working in public administrations.

“In six months we will have smart working up to speed as one of the contractual ways of public work expression and we will have experiences to study, which I hope will all be of good quality and successful. This is the path we have identified: maximum pragmatism, maximum flexibility and maximum responsibility, taking into account the satisfaction of citizens and the effectiveness and efficiency of the services” commented the Minister of Public Administration Renato Brunetta on opening the meeting.

The research, with the aim of mapping the programming quality of the AWOPs, in the sense of the level of adequacy of the content in order to make the Agile Working Organisational Plan an instrument of guidance for organising ordinary agile working or smart working, was coordinated by Professor Enrico Deidda Gagliardo and conducted in close collaboration between CERVAP – the Public Value Research Centre of the University of Ferrara and the Office for Performance Evaluation of the Civil Service Department.

The Forum PA interview on the quality of the AWOPs with Prof. Enrico Deidda Gagliardo

2020 Report of the National Council for Economics and Labour (CNEL), Prof. Enrico Deidda Gagliardo one of the co-authors with a chapter on the “programming resilience of public administrations”

The 2020 Report of the National Council for Economics and Labour (CNEL) on the levels and quality of the services offered by Public Administrations to citizens was presented on 30 March 2021 streamed live on the National Council for Economics and Labour’s YouTube channel, in which the Minister of Public Administration the Hon Renato Brunetta also took part.

The eighth report presented to Parliament by the National Council for Economics and Labour (CNEL) came at an exceptional time affected by the Covid pandemic that had a profound impact on the formulation and the content.

“The Pandemic has taught us that infrastructures and digital skills are indispensable for all social and economic activities: schools and universities, above all, health, public and social services, logistics and transport. Smart Working or Distance Learning but also the initial practices of telemedicine have been extremely important for dealing with the emergency but have also highlighted the large gap in our country. And they risk being an enormous burden if we do not run for cover straight away. If we wish to restart quickly after the enforced stop, investments are needed to develop digital networks and infrastructures and to train skills” stated the president of the CNEL, Tiziano Treu.

In drawing up the “CNEL 2020 Report to Parliament and the Government on the levels and quality of services offered by central and local Public Administrations to businesses and citizens” the CNEL was able to call on the valuable collaboration of over twenty public administrations and many experts associated with them, including Prof. Enrico Deidda Gagliardo, Scientific Director of the Public Value Research Centre (CERVAP) as well as being Deputy Pro-rector of the University of Ferrara, who wrote a chapter on “programming resilience. Or rather if and how the administrations have changed their performance programming as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic”.

“We have placed public human capital at the centre of the recovery to restore dignity, authority, value and pride to those faces of the Republic, as President Mattarella called them, that have been on the front line against Covid and that work every day to provide public services and goods to 60 million Italians. Now let us open up the tenders, renew the contracts, simplify the procedures: we must allow our administrations to put into effect PNRR projects and investments. It’s an enormous responsibility, but also an enormous opportunity”, stated the Minister of PA, the Hon Renato Brunetta.

The 3 March sees the inauguration of the National Observatory of Agile Working Technical Committee

“Smart working has definitely been essential during the acute phase of the Pandemic and has marked a cultural change from which all the consequent analyses must be drawn”,  the Minister of Public Administration Renato Brunetta commented.

Out of 162 administrations monitored through the performance portal of the Civil Service Department, 54 of these, or roughly 33%, published their Agile Working Organisational Plan (AWOP) by the deadline of 31 January 2021 set by the “Relaunch Decree” (Law Decree no.34 dated 19 May 2020).

Antonio Naddeo, Counsellor to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and Coordinator of the Technical Committee of the Observatory of Agile Working, will have the duty, bestowed by mandate of the Minister of Public Administration Renato Brunetta, of inaugurating and launching on Wednesday 3 March at 11.00 the National Observatory of Agile Working Technical Committee, at the Presidency of the Council and similarly established under the “Relaunch Decree”.

But what is the AWOP? The Agile Working Organisational Plan is a specific section of the Performance Plan, an instrument for programming agile working, or rather its method of implementation and development, to be adopted by 31 January each year. The basic idea has a strong organisational significance: agile working is not improvisation, and therefore an emergency situation, but programming, in keeping with the various instruments established by the legislator.

Prof. Enrico Deidda Gagliardo, Deputy Pro-rector of the University of Ferrara and Scientific Director of the Public Value Research Centre (CERVAP), along with a further 13 experts from the public and private sector or from the academic world, will constitute the National Observatory of Agile Working Technical Committee recently introduced by the Minister Fabiana Dadone.

On the subject of AWOP, the Minister Renato Brunetta continues “We now need to make it one of the instruments for organising the work of the individual administrations, closely connected to the level of quality of the services provided to citizens and businesses. […]. The phenomenon must be comprehensively studied and enormous investments are needed in terms of planning, relations with unions, regulatory, infrastructural and social intelligence also in view of the digital transition challenge that Europe calls upon us to face up to”.

Prof. Enrico Deidda Gagliardo appointed to the “National Observatory of smart working Technical Committee”

“The smart working revolution in Public Administration cannot be imposed from above, instead it must be accompanied, supported and monitored carefully. The change must be governed”. Thus the Minister of Public Administration Fabiana Dadone anticipated the recent introduction of the National Observatory of smart working, following the approval in December 2020 of the Guidelines that that will aid Public Administrations in preparation the Smart working Plan.

Various tasks are assigned to the National Observatory that may develop ideas, proposals and technical-methodological directions on matters of smart working in Public Administration, including of a regulatory, organisational or technological nature. In this sense, it may also interact with the major stakeholders, to develop the expertise of public staff, the managerial capacities of directors, and the measurement and evaluation of organisational and individual performances.

One of the tasks of the National Observatory, pursuant to art. 2 of the Ministerial Decree dated 4 November 2020, will be an analysis of the status of implementing Plans by the authorities, monitoring the effects on the organisation of administrations and the activities carried out by them, in particular on the services provided to citizens and businesses in terms of benefits for the administration and the citizens and, lastly, the promotion of specific awareness and communication initiatives on matters of  smart working in Public Administration.

To support the activities of the Observatory Technical Committee, Prof. Enrico Deidda Gagliardo Deputy Pro-rector of the University of Ferrara and Scientific Director of the Public Value Research Centre (CERVAP) has been appointed along with a further 13 experts of the public and private sector or from the academic world, who will make up the Technical Committee. As specified in the Ministerial Decree dated 20 January 2021, the members of the National Observatory of smart working in public administrations, as well as those of the Technical Committee, are appointed for a three-year term and may only be reappointed for one additional term.

Guidelines of the smart working Organisational Plan approved

The Minister of Public Administration Fabiana Dadone approved the Guidelines that will aid Public Administrations in drawing up the Smart working Plan with special reference to defining suitable performance indicators.

Despite it being a way of working already regulated for some time now by Italian law, it is only because of the Covid-19 health emergency that the Public Administration has had to recourse to large scale use of “smart working”. Until now in fact it has been the subject of limited experimentation and some attempts at implementation. To such an extent that Public Administration have had to expose strengths and weaknesses that have generated a broad and widespread debate on it.

The smart working Organisational Plan is a specific section of the Performance Plan, an instrument for programming smart working, or rather its method of implementation and development, to be adopted by 31 January each year. The basic idea has a strong organisational significance: smart working is not improvisation, and therefore an emergency situation, but programming, in keeping with the various instruments established by the legislator (such as the Three-year Information Technology Plan, the Three-year Staff Needs Plan or the Three-year Staff Training Plan).

Adopting the Plan is not obligatory but the Legislator has established that smart working must nevertheless apply to at least 30% of employees (instead of 60% if the Plan is adopted), as prescribed by the Madia Law. The choice of progressiveness and gradual development of smart working is however referred back to each administration.

Lastly, minimum indicators are identified to be introduced and monitored in 2021, in the advisory phase, in order to create the starting point for subsequent historic series. These indicators make reference to:

  • the conditions enabling smart working, assessed in terms of Organisational Health, Professional Health, Economic-Financial Health and Digital Health;
  • the quantitative and qualitative status of implementation;
  • the organisational performance, in terms of efficiency, effectiveness and economy;
  • the external and internal impacts.

The Guidelines will be presented by the Scientific Director of the Public Value Research Centre (CERVAP) Prof. Enrico Deidda Gagliardo to the Administrations and to the supervisory board during the live-streamed meeting scheduled for 16 December, from 10.00 to 16.30, for the launch of the 2021-2023 performance cycle.

Forum PA 2020 #RestartItalia – The address by Prof. Enrico Deidda Gagliardo on 2 November 2020

With the extraordinary funding from the EU (Recovery Fund and others) in addition to the ordinary funding, the ability to formulate projects to take advantage of the substantial funds made available to our country becomes even more crucial. Expertise in Project Management is therefore more and more central.

It is absolutely necessary to improve the ability to manage ordinary and extraordinary funds, and this is why project management skills must be injected into Public Administration. The need to ensure project monitoring not only serves economic progress but also serves the results planned.

Prof. Enrico Deidda Gagliardo, Pro-rector of the University of Ferrara and Scientific Director of CERVAP – Public Value Research Centre, took part in the event organised by ISIPM – the Italian Institute of Project Management at Forum PA 2020 Restart Italia.

The speakers included: Enrico Mastrofini (President – Italian Institute of Project Management), Sabrina Mancini (Board of Directors – Italian Institute of Project Management), Marco Amici (Project manager – University of Rome Tor Vergata), Federico Porcedda (Project Manager and eU-maps Executive Course Coordinator – University of Rome Tor Vergata).

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Luca Papi wins the second edition of the SISR “Alberto Bisaschi” prize

Dr. Luca Papi, Research Fellow of the University of Ferrara Department of Economics and Management and at the Public Value Research Centre, is the winner of the “Alberto Bisaschi” prize with a work co-written by Prof. Michele Bigoni (University of Kent), Prof. Enrico Deidda Gagliardo (University of Ferrara) and Prof. Warwick Funnell (University of Kent) “Accounting for power and resistance: The University of Ferrara under the Fascist regime in Italy”, published in the journal ‘Critical Perspectives on Accounting’.

The Alberto Bisaschi prize, in its second edition (2020), is awarded to the best scientific publication of Accounting History in English, in order to recognise the work of academics with Italian citizenship who have achieved results of clear originality, autonomy and national and international importance.

Dr. Luca Papi will receive the prize on 23 October at the conference of the Italian Society of Accounting History (SISR) which this year, because of Covid-19, will take place online.

Enrico Bracci appointed Consultant Scientific Advisor to the State General Accounting Departmental Study Service

Since September 2020, Prof. Enrico Bracci, Vice Director of the Public Value Research Centre (CERVAP), has held the role of Scientific Advisor to the State General Accounting Departmental Study Service (SeSD).

The Departmental Study Service, under the direct control of the State Accountant General, is divided into five non-general managerial offices, whose tasks are defined under the terms of article 1, paragraph 2, of DPCM 67/2013 and undertakes methodological analysis, study and research to support the activities of the whole Department. The SeSD, in particular, undertakes:

  • economic research and methodological analysis in the area of public finance and the impact of budget policies;
  • preliminary studies for creating databases and disaggregated models in the area of public finance;
  • studies in the development of the State budget and the budget of public administrations;
  • studies to define procedures, methodologies and techniques for assessing and consolidating the costs of the services and activities of public administration;
  • the study and analysis of public economy and finance at regional level;
  • analysis and studies in the area of environmental budget and accounting.

Prof. Enrico Bracci will have the opportunity to devise a system of economic-financial accounting rules on an accrual basis inspired by the current IPSAS and the EPSAS processes as well as the process of disseminating the actual IPSAS/EPSAS and the principles and rules on which their accounting based.

University of Ferrara: from emergency remote working to real Smart Working

“I believe strongly in the nudging philosophy, in other words giving change a gentle nudge. I’m convinced that smart working is an unrepeatable occasion for taking our University along a pathway of modernisation, walking alongside the people that make it up”.

The Emilia-Romagna Smart Working interview with Prof. Enrico Deidda Gagliardo, Pro-rector of the University of Ferrara and Scientific Director of CERVAP.

The Estense University was in fact one of the first to go online, suspending all teaching activities in person from 24 February last. Behind this choice lies an organisation that is ready and resilient and which in 2016 had taken up in time the path of digitalisation and prepared itself to do so for smart working as well. The main implementations are as follows:

  • 95% of courses and 100% of degrees online during the COVID-19 emergency
  • e-learning platform strengthened
  • 24h Chatbot for student services
  • Fully digital secretariat
  • Plan for investments of over 800,000 euros into digital infrastructures
  • Continuous monitoring of performance with specific indicators

The aim will be to consolidate the trust relationship between the University and staff, because this is the cornerstone of smart working: that it is an “opportunity that creates innovation” but is above all an “act of reciprocal trust from the administration towards its collaborators, and vice versa”.

CERVAP was placed first in the SNA tender for research on the topic “Improving the results and quality of services”

The Public Value Research Centre, of the University of Ferrara, was placed first in the tender for research (Projects for a new Public Administration) Putted out by the National School of Administration (SNA), on the topic of “Improving the results and quality of services”.

From the 30 research projects presented by Universities, University and Inter-University Consortiums and Public research organisations, CERVAP was awarded the SNA tender for research with the project entitled “Public Value: new models of governance for programming, measuring and evaluating the contribution of PA performance to improving the wellbeing of citizens from the perspective of Sustainable Development”.

An encouraging start for the University of Ferrara’s new Research Centre and its Team in which all those who wish to contribute to creating Public Value are invited to take part.

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