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This event took place Thursday 7th June 2007, 12:45 pm ( Week 7, Trinity Term)

Gladstone Professor of Government Christopher Hood (All Souls)
Former Head of the Prime Ministerís Delivery Unit, 2001-2005

Abstract: The Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit (PMDU) was set up in 2001 and entrusted with delivering on the Prime Ministerís key public service policy reforms. Its role was to ensure the Government met its own high profile targets regime, which included reducing street crime and casualty waiting times, amongst many others. While the PMDU could point to a good record of delivery on targeted performance indicators, there were grumbles that targets compromised overall performance by perversely emphasising some aspects of performance to the detriment of others. So, do targets work? Or are they counterproductive? And, what is the future for targets in government? Sir Michael Barber shares his considerable experience of setting and delivering targets in Government and talks about his new book [further information available at:], which has been serialised in The Times.