LGCIO

Georgia GMIS/Carl Vinson Institute of Government
LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
Curriculum
2015[1] 

Georgia GMIS (GA-GMIS), a chapter of GMIS International, is in a strategic partnership with The University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government.  One important result of this partnership is the Local Government Chief Information Officer certificate program (LGCIO).  The developmental education offered by this program is customized to the requirements of those working as information technology directors and administrators in local government organizations as well as those professionals aspiring to managerial positions. Administered by the Vinson Institute, the LGCIO certificate is awarded to GA-GMIS members upon successful completion of all course requirements, a course project, and a written project report.

LEARNING OBJECTIVE: The LGCIO seeks to assist learners by enhancing their skills in competency areas for leadership and in emerging technical areas.  Each learning session uses facilitative techniques ensuring the active engagement of learners. Opportunities for learning occur at Georgia GMIS conferences; typically, one day is devoted to a leadership or management training topic and another to a technical topic. With few exceptions, courses are six hours in length. The chart below summarizes the course hour and competency requirements that must be fulfilled in order to become eligible for submission of project report and ultimately the LGCIO certificate                                                                                                                              

 

CATEGORY  

 

 

 REQUIREMENT      

 

 

 HOURS

 

LEADERSHIP

 

 

Complete one 6-hour course in each of four core competencies plus 2 additional courses from any competency: total of 6 courses

 

 

36

 

TECHNICAL

 

Complete four 6-hour courses in the technical competency

 

 

24

 

TOTAL LGCIO PROGRAM

 

Program hours as described above plus completion and acceptance of project report

 

 

60

 

[1] This curriculum has been in place since 2008. However, a name change from Information Technology Leadership Program (ITLP) to Local Government Chief Information Officer (LGCIO) occurred in September 2015. At that time, new LGCIO certificates were awarded to all active, past recipients of the ITLP.


LEADERSHIP

Courses in the Leadership category are offered in a rotation schedule.

Within the Leadership category, four broad core competency areas have been identified and these include:

  • Governmental Business Processes
  • Interpersonal Communication & Relationships
  • Organizational Culture and Politics
  • Success Measurement

TECHNICAL

Content areas for this broad competency area are constantly emerging because of the nature of technology.  Classes are consistent with current government priorities. Content will reflect a combination of trending conditions and facilitated discussions.

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LGCIO: Project Story

  • Description of the project: (What did I propose?)
  • Purpose of the project: (Why did I propose this?)
  • Problem or Opportunity to be addressed: (What is the element that was improved or the opportunity of which you took advantage?)
  • Qualitative Impact (improved quality, efficiency or effectiveness)
  • Quantitative Impact (cost savings or cost avoidance; how much time did it save; how much money did it save?)
  • Impact on others: (What did this mean to others; how did this affect others?)
  • Outcome: (What does the end result look like; what is the measure of success?)

Your story has a:

Beginning – this is where we were  Situation
Middle – this is what needed to be done  Task
Middle – this is what I did Action
End – this is how it came out Result

 

Finally, you should be very specific, with details and examples (who did what and why they did it), of the various events and actions that occurred. Please take this opportunity to give credit where it is due, either to your department, unit and even to yourself.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER – PROJECT

A project requirement must be fulfilled before you are awarded the LGCIO certificate.   Following completion of all course requirements, you are to prepare a written report that demonstrates the leadership skills you have learned during your course of study. The format of the paper should 12-point font with 1 inch margins and double spaced.

Your objective is to analyze and demonstrate the skills you have learned by completing one of the following:

OPTION A

  1. Implement a project that improves on some leadership element of your workplace (your shop, the larger governmental organization) by positively affecting cost savings, process improvement(s), or service delivery improvement(s); and
  2. Submit a 5-6 page report, with a significant focus on the details*:
  • Purpose of the project: (Why did I propose this?)
  • Description of the project: (What am I proposing?)
  • Problem or opportunity to be addressed: (What is the element to be improved or the opportunity to be taken advantage of?)
  • Projected Qualitative Impact (improved quality, efficiency or effectiveness)
  • Projected Quantitative Impact (cost savings or cost avoidance; how much time will it save; how much money will it save)
  • Impact on others: (What will this mean to others; how will this affect others?)
  • Expected outcome: (What does the end result look like; what is the measure of success?)

OPTION B

Submit a paper (7-8 pages*) describing in detail what was learned during LGCIO training and how the learning was, is, or will be applied within your area of responsibility. The focus of the application would be to enhance efficiency, effectiveness, productivity, morale, or continuous improvement.

The written report shall include:

  • Description of your learning
  • Analysis of the skills involved
  • The practical application of the skills (actions, behaviors, approaches, styles, strategies for implementation)
  • The desired outcome:
  • Projected Qualitative Impact (improved quality, efficiency or effectiveness)
  • Projected Quantitative Impact (cost savings or cost avoidance; how much time will it save; how much money will it save)
  • Finally, explain why a different outcome than now is needed and what the benefit is to be gained.

When preparing either option, please be sure that your discussion and analysis include the many relevant leadership skills that were presented during the LGCIO courses.  Some examples include: leadership styles, communication, conflict management, change management, customer service, team dynamics, or power and influence.  While technical courses will have informed your work to some degree, the intended emphasis here is on the management topics.

The Carl Vinson Institute of Government Faculty Representative will be responsible for reviewing and approving/rejecting projects/papers and the GMIS Board will be the board of appeal for participants whose projects do not meet Carl Vinson Institute of Government project/paper criteria.

Please direct any questions or concerns to Mike Hourihan.

Your final written assignment should be submitted by email attachment to Mike at:

hourihan@uga.edu

Michael Hourihan
Carl Vinson Institute of Government
404.702.8114