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Evaluation of the HELA training coordination portal’s ability to support communication and knowledge sharing between local authorities (LA) and health and safety executive (HSE) safety enforcement teams

Ford, NJ, Brown, JM and Williams, HJ 2005, Evaluation of the HELA training coordination portal’s ability to support communication and knowledge sharing between local authorities (LA) and health and safety executive (HSE) safety enforcement teams , Project Report, Health and Safety Executive.

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Abstract

The HELA Training Coordination portal was launched in October 2001. Initially it was developed as a means to facilitate the national coordination of training for Local Authority (LA) based health and safety enforcement officers. Subsequently a second phase, commencing in February 2002 and concluding in August 2003, sought to extend and augment the outcomes of phase 1 by expanding the functions of the web portal and developing its content to include a dedicated area for Priority Programme (PP) communications. A third and final phase (commencing in September 2003 and finishing in February 2005) was designed to build on and develop the use of the portal to assist LAs in their contribution towards achievement of the revitalising targets. The aims of the phase 3 project were to: Consolidate the operation of the portal in order to enable the improved communication facility between LAs, and between LAs and HSE, to ‘bed’ down and its advantages be realised in relation to both training coordination and the PP areas. Investigate the potential offered by the portal to assist in addressing training needs arising from the priority programme initiative. Explore the potential of the web portal to be further developed to support knowledge management for LA based health and safety enforcement teams. Two evaluations were undertaken. The first, a process evaluation, aimed to assess the effectiveness of user interface improvements to the portal and the impact of the enhancements specifically designed to encourage further collaboration. The second, an output evaluation, assessed the effectiveness of the portal in terms of facilitating training in the PP areas for LA based health and safety enforcement officers and support for knowledge management and knowledge sharing by LA based health and safety enforcement officers.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Additional Information: HSE research report 391. Prepared by the University of Salford for the Health and Safety Executive 2005.
Themes: Subjects / Themes > J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Publisher: Health and Safety Executive
Refereed: Yes
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Funders: Local Authority Unit of the Health and Safety Executive
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2008 13:56
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:49
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/630

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