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Former PM’s head of delivery tackles education reform
London, UK (January 26th, 2011) - Tony Blair’s former Chief Adviser on Delivery, Sir Michael Barber, has published a new book aiming to be the ‘how to’ manual for educational policy reform. Together with colleagues Andy Moffit and Paul Kihn, Deliverology 101, A Field Guide For Educational Leaders actsas a field guide, providing a step-by-step field approach to delivering results. It is published by leading US educational publisher Corwin (a SAGE Company).
The timing is ideal, as Barack Obama’s administration prioritizes education reform. Citing education reform case studies from more than 20 countries, the authors assert that most previous reforms were unsuccessful due to failed implementation. Deliverology 101 focuses on how to accomplish meaningful results, thoroughly describing Barber’s proven reform delivery processes.
However the methods and the programme have a much wider application: Sir Michael stresses that while specifically tailored for the US, 90% of the book’s content is equally applicable to Canada, Europe, Australia, and around the world. The book outlines the 15 steps which are based on his personal experiences of managing and leading former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair’s delivery unit.
Praising the book Tony Blair said "Michael Barber's pioneering work as head of my Delivery Unit helped ensure real progress, not just with our education reforms, but with healthcare and policing too. It attracted worldwide attention. This guide distils the wisdom he gained at that time and has refined since. I strongly recommend it."
The authors illustrate a field-tested program that ensures reform is achieved in the most profound sense, with students able to see, feel, and reap the benefits of a high-quality education.
To watch Sir Michael Barber speaking about Deliverology 101, A Field Guide For Educational Leaders please visit:
Deliverology 101, A Field Guide For Educational Leaders bySir Michael Barber
Paperback ISBN: 9781412989503
Sir Michael Barber is the Founding Director of the US Education Delivery Institute, which is designed explicitly to help U.S. state education systems strengthen their capacity to deliver results. The US Education Delivery Institute is unique among U.S. nonprofits in that it focuses on exclusively on how to get things done, rather than what to do. Barber is an Expert Partner in McKinsey and Company’s Global Public Sector Practice and head of its Global Education Practice.
Prior to joining McKinsey, Barber was (from 2001) Chief Adviser on Delivery to the British prime minister, Tony Blair. As head of the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, he was responsible for the oversight of implementation of the prime minister’s priority programs in health, education, transport, policing, the criminal justice system, and asylum/immigration.
For more information on Michael Barber and his Delivery Institute please visit www.deliveryinstitute.org.
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