LGMA - Local Government Management Association of British Columbia

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Membership Engagement

In May 2016, the LGMA conducted a survey to determine what training, programs and services those working in BC local governments were aware of, used most often, or wanted to see developed in the future. LGMA heard from approximately 350 members and non-members and the results were reported back at the Annual Conference in June 2016. (View the full final survey findings with questions and results.)

We value the feedback received and thank everyone for their input. These results have given us good information on which to base and improve our programs and services.

As a result, we have developed a three-year Education Plan to adapt our training and professional development programs to better meet the emerging needs of local government professionals. The Education Plan 2017-19 provides a road map for the LGMA to:

  1. Address the anticipated change to the LGMA’s membership and markets as baby boomer managers retire a new generation of managers take on leadership roles who will expect different program content and delivery methods
  2. Implement renewal, development and delivery of new professional development programs and courses including those identified as highest priority:
    1. Leadership Skills
    2. Conflict Resolution
    3. Interpersonal Conflict Management
    4. Change Management
    5. Strategic Planning/Performance Metrics
  3. Chart a path for the strategic use of resources in the delivery of professional development programs.

You also told us that access to training and professional development is a key barrier because of the travel, fees and time costs related to in-person programs. As a result of your feedback, we are looking to develop new learning models, including reviewing our MATI programs in cooperation with our academic partners, and contracting more expertise to assist with the development of webinars and online learning options

Here is a 'snapshot' of what we heard from our recent survey. Membership Engagement Survey Snapshot

Continue the Conversation

The conversation about our membership services and training will be ongoing and multi-faceted. You really liked the idea of a mentoring program. We are planning discussion forums, focus groups and further evaluations as a way to 'continue the conversation'.  Watch for more information and updates via social media and email. We welcome your feedback on what's important, what's changing, or what needs to change.

For more information contact us at office@lgma.ca 

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