Peer challenges

Peer challenge is a proven tool for improvement. It is a process commissioned by a council and involves a small team of local government officers and councillors spending time at the council as peers to provide challenge and share learning.

The process involves engaging with a wide range of people connected with the council and the findings are delivered immediately.

Since we launched our offer to support sector-led improvement in 2011, we have delivered more than 700 peer challenges. In 2013 our 'Rewiring Public Services' campaign endorsed the central role it plays in improving council's impact on issues like economic development, improving social care and pressing ahead with transforming public services. In 2014 an independent evaluation endorsed the value of peer challenge.  A further recent evaluation this year provides independent feedback about the effectiveness, impact and value for money of the Corporate Peer Challenge.