Micro Modules

Do you need to understand what Net Zero means? Or want to know how to be assertive in a negotiation?

 

Our micro modules are free of charge and offer quick introductions to a range of topics. Prepared by CIPFA’s subject matter experts, they deliver key information in an easily digestible, online format, plus tips on where to access further information and learning.  

 

The modules have been designed to fit around busy schedules and can be completed on the go – on trains, over breakfast, or before meetings. To access each one, you will be asked to let us know your name, email address and job role, to help us understand the popular topics and guide what we produce next.

Hot topics

PPP/PFI Arrangements and Expiry: an overview of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) and Private Finance Initiatives (PFIs) covering their history and expiry.

Big data: Big data is revolutionising the world of business, government, transportation, and healthcare enabling organisations to operate more efficiently and to have a much deeper understanding of the needs and behaviours of their target clients. This module explores what big data is and it's uses. 

Preventative Investment: what investing in prevention means for the public sector and how it can help to avoid future costs, reduce demand for services and improve financial sustainability. 

Competitive advantage - VRIO: The VRIO Framework is a tool to evaluate resources and capabilities to determine what type of competitive advantage, if any, each resource and capability brings. 

Good governance in local authorities: This module defines the principles that should underpin the governance of each local UK government organisation. The framework discussed provides a structure to help individual authorities with their approach to governance. 

Leadership and personal skills

Building Personal Resilience: how to develop your personal resilience and maintain high levels of energy and engagement in your work life.

Leading Through Change – VUCA – Tips and Techniques: practical tips for leading and managing people in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) environment. 

Using Assertiveness in Negotiation: how to negotiate in an open, honest and empathetic way and to seek a win/win situation for both parties, where possible. 

Data Presentation: Visual representations of data vastly decrease the amount of time it takes to communicate a message. However, not all data visualisations are equal. In some cases, a combination of tricks are used to either emphasise a point or, in some cases, mislead the viewer. In this module we look at visual deception in data visualisation and how to avoid it. 

Managing a hybrid working team: The COVID pandemic has changed certain working practices for good - most notably the time now spent in the office. In many cases managers are now having to supervise staff members who are choosing a blend of home and office work. This module focuses on what managers can do to ensure best practice. 

The value of "constructive conflict": Conflict is not always a bad thing, and handled well, can have a positive impact on business performance. This module is about helping managers invite the positive aspects of conflict, to harness it in creating a rich and varied working environment and enhancing business opportunities. 

Coaching skills for managers: A consensus exists that modern managers must be equipped with coaching skills. But how do we define coaching and what is its practical application for you the manager? This module aims to explain how coaching is going to be useful to you, but also gives you a few quick easy techniques to get you started.  

Professional skills

Data Presentation - Visual Description or Visual Deception: tips and techniques on how to avoid misleading your audience when presenting data visually. 

Defining the Business Needs Section in a Business Case: how to draft a short, clear business needs statement as a basis for a good business case.

Sustainability and climate change

Sustainable Development Goals - the Fundamentals: an introduction to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how they act as guiding principles for all public sector organisations.

ESG Reporting - the Fundamentals: an introduction to ESG, or Environmental, Social and Governance – the areas that are increasingly being used by organisations to measure and report on their impact. 

Net Zero - the Fundamentals: an introduction to Net Zero – what it is, what it aims to achieve and the role of the public finance professional. 

Climate Finance - the Fundamentals: an overview of 'climate finance' - what is meant by this term and how it supports action on climate change.

Fraud and risk management

Fraud - the Fundamentals: an introduction to fraud – how it is defined, the different types of fraud and the consequences of fraud for public bodies.

Risk Management - the Fundamentals: an introduction to why risk management is important for public finance professionals and key definitions.

Audit

Public Sector Audit - the Fundamentals: an introduction to the general principles of public sector audit as an important link in the chain of accountability. 

Internal vs External Audit: an introduction to the differences and similarities between internal and external audit and how these functions complement each other.


Public sector external audit: This micro-module will give a brief introduction to general principles of public sector external audit as an important link in the chain of accountability. The module also introduces a few important technical aspects of public sector external audit and INTOSAI standards.. 

UK local government

Reflecting on the variations of council tax levels in England: why council tax levels in England vary, the impact of these variations and what can be done to reform the situation.

Levelling Up - the Fundamentals: an introduction to levelling up, a key UK government policy with links to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

 

 

 

If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback and suggestion for further content, please contact Phil.Thompson@cipfa.org