Remember that teacher who used to revel in the power she had? Pass or fail. Stop or go. Control over your imminent future.
No one likes scrutiny. It makes you nervous. Especially when the balance of power is not in your favour.
The emerging use by government of websites that share performance data on publicly funded organisations represents both risk and opportunities. My School is a current example of an information portal that allows comparison of 10,000 Australian schools by pupil and financial performance. The Government’s recent release of the Living Longer Living Better Aged Care Reform Package 2012 includes a My Aged Care website (anticipated launch early next year) with a ratings system deployed in four to five years.
A poor score on these websites will have a material impact on an organisation’s reputation but it need not be the only source of information. You can limit the damage.