An investigation into local authority information centres or one stop shops
thesisposted on 2010-11-08, 09:55 authored by Brian K. Dawson
The purpose of this thesis is to investigate how the one-stop shop is successful in the dissemination of local authority information. After initial chapters which explore the background to the one-stop shop, it was necessary (because the extent and nature of the one-stop shop was so vague) to conduct a preliminary survey of local authorities in England and Wales. The results of this survey, when analysed provided an indication to some factors which might contribute to the success of the one-stop shop. Subsequently four representative local authorities were selected, Hampshire County Council, West Sussex County Council, the London Borough of Enfield and Lancashire County Council. These examples were chosen as authorities which represented the success factors in practice. The authorities were visited and evaluated by observation, personal interviews with the staff concerned, plus user questionnaire when possible, using common criteria and reference to available literature and results from the preliminary survey. Both surveys were conducted within a methodological framework and reference was made to conceptual models when possible. The success factors which emerge from the preliminary survey and further case-studies are discussed in the concluding chapter. They obviously contribute to the successful operation of the one-stop stop, but also offer guidelines to other authorities who might be considering such a venture.
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