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Curriculum

Pro Forma Module Outline

The Smart Spending Management Architectur

Part I - Money Well Spent Concept

Module #1: Modern Comptrollership
  1. Explain and articulate the concept of and principles associated with modern comptrollership.
  2. Incorporate the core components of comptrollership into their operational management strategy.
  3. Brief legislators on how to align governance and oversight of programs and services with comptrollership.
  4. Justify a program or service on the basis of the value it will add for professional and career development of a manager in the municipal and local government sectors.

Part II - The Architecture and Framewor

Module #2: The Legislative & Regulatory Structure of Public Spending
  1. Read and analyze a statute, its regulations and guidelines from a public administration perspective.
  2. Explain to colleagues the legislative and regulatory parameters that provide the foundation for a particular program or service and how to account for money allocated for it.
  3. Manage a statutorily driven program in conformance with regulations and guidelines.
Module #3: Transparency
  1. Explain and articulate the principles of transparency and their relationship with privacy.
  2. Design and develop a transparency policy for a spending management program.
  3. Manage spending in a transparent environment.
Module #4: The Ethics of Spending Management
  1. Identify an ethical issue.
  2. Prepare a briefing document that outlines the ethical dimensions of the problem.
  3. Resolve an ethical issue by using a rational process.
Module #5: Public Policy & The Politics of Spending
  1. Articulate the basic principles of public policy and politics.
  2. Participate in informed discussions on public policy and political issues with elected officials and senior administrators in municipalities, agencies, boards and commissions (ABCs).
  3. Advise elected officials on the public policy and political implications of proposals with emphasis on their fiscal and funding ramifications.
  4. Prepare cogent public policy and political briefs.
  5. Liaise with and respond to the public on a professional level on public policy and political matters in conformance with administrative directives and guidelines.

Part III - Smart Spending Management

Module #6: Cost Reduction
  1. Explain and articulate the concept of and principles associated with cost reduction.
  2. Differentiate between cost management and cost reduction.
  3. Utilize cost reduction as the foundation for smart spending management.
Module #7: The Municipal Spending Scorecard
  1. Explain and articulate the concept of and principles associated with the balanced scorecard.
  2. Design and develop a municipal spending scorecard.
  3. Use the scorecard as a spending management tool.
Module #8: Data Mining & Analytics
  1. Explain what analytics is to other stakeholders.
  2. Develop the framework for an analytics strategy.
  3. Work as a member of an analytics development team.
  4. Analyze analytics in a spending management context.
Module #9: Spending Performance Measurement
  1. Explain what performance measurement is in a strategic management context.
  2. Distinguish between a performance measure and metric.
  3. Identify and develop metrics that have Key Performance Indicator (KPI) capability.
  4. Be able to lead a program management team in development of a performance measurement program.

Part IV - Accountability

Module #10: Accountability for Money Well Spent
  1. Distinguish between "responsibility" and "accountability".
  2. Draw upon learning outcomes from previous modules and use them to develop a best practices accountability report. Conceptualize an accountability framework that has the appropriate focus on reporting that conforms to the program mandate.