Local Government

Managing Information Systems: Providing Practical Solutions to Housing Practitioners is a one-day course that is aimed at staff working in Housing Sections of Local Authorities.  It will be of particular interest to staff who manage projects and also to those working on the coalface who work with large volumes of data and need a structured approach to managing this data.  

As iHouse is the system used by the majority of Local Authorities, we will use this system for demonstration purposes throughout the day.  The course will explore business tools and techniques available that will help local authority staff identify problems and define and implement solutions.

Managing Information Systems for Housing Practitioners

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Key Facts

Delivery Method

This one-day course will run from 9:30am to 5:00pm.  Participants will received course documentation on the day.

Commences

26 October 2017

Application Deadline

October 2017 Bookings for this course will close one week prior to course start date.

Duration

One Day

Accreditation

National Housing Training & Development Programme (NHTDP)

Fees & Enrolment

Fee: The cost of this one-day course is €250 per person.  Fee includes course materials, lunch and refreshments. 

Booking: Bookings must be received in writing using a booking form or the online booking option (see below).

All bookings will be confirmed via email. Please send completed booking forms to:

Central Bookings Office
Institute of Public Administration
57-61 Lansdowne Road, Dublin D04 TC62
Tel: (01) 240 3666 | Fax: (01) 668 9135
Email: training@ipa.ie

All IPA courses are subject to minimum participant numbers and bookings will typically close one week prior to the course start date.

Cancellation Policy

Please note, that in the event of a cancellation less than 48 working hours before the commencement of a course, a 15% cancellation fee will be charged.  Cancellation fee will also apply to non-arrivals on the day.

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The Programme

Managing Information Systems: Providing Practical Solutions to Housing Practitioners is a one-day course that is aimed at staff working in Housing Sections of Local Authorities.  It will be of particular interest to staff who manage projects and also to those working on the coalface who work with large volumes of data and need a structured approach to managing this data.  

As iHouse is the system used by the majority of Local Authorities, we will use this system for demonstration purposes throughout the day.  The course will explore business tools and techniques available that will help local authority staff identify problems and define and implement solutions.

Who is this for?

This course will be of interest to all staff working in Housing Sections of Local Authorities who wish to explore ways to manage information / data more effectively and efficiently.

Course Content

The course will cover the following areas:

Management Information System

  • What is it? Why do we use it? Where is it? When do we need to do it?
  • Why information / data management is so important with regards to Quality, Efficiency, Compliance, Security and Sharing.
  • Are you using you system to the best of its functionality?

Unleash the power of Project Management

  • Breaking down projects into manageable tasks
  • Using project management skills to deliver these tasks on time with the resources available e.g. managing the Summary of Housing Assessments Project Life Cycle.

Problem Solving and the Formulation of Solutions

  • Methods to find problems
  • How to investigate the problem and formulate and implement a solution
  • Discussion and demonstration of practical solutions to common housing issues e.g. Delivery of SSHA, Stock Reconciliation

Reporting - How and Where to get your Data

  • Demonstration of iHouse (iReports) and how to Run, Sort, Filter, Group and Export Data to Excel and use Excel's functionality to further manipulate your data e.g. Auto Filter, Pivot Tables
  • Applications Teams
    • Use iReports to identify Datasets for delivery of SSHA Project
    • Produce reports for your Council Meetings
    • Building a review process to review Qualified Households
  • Property Management Team
    • Manage and account for your Stock Portfolio
    • Report by important fields e.g. Municipal District / Acquisition Type
  • Tenancy Management
    • Reconcile your active tenancies with your Financial Management System
    • Reports by Municipal District
  • The Future of Reporting in Local Authorities with a view to various other Reporting Options and Visualisation Tools.

 

Assessment

To complete the course, participants will be given an Impact Assessment Test.  This is an online multi-choice test to embed the informaton provided during the course.  It normally takes place approximately two weeks after the course and can be undertaken a number of times if necessary.

Course Leader

This coure will be delivered by Eileen Davis, BSc (Hons) Computer Science, NDip in Software Engineering, ProfDip Statistics for Policy Evaluation, NCert Computer Science, NCert Marketing.

 

 

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