Key Points
  • The new Civil Society Strategy
  • Embedding and measuring social value
  • Developing the use of outcomes based commissioning, co-commissioning, consortia working, grant-making and social impact bonds
  • Supporting the voluntary sector to respond to the changing operating market
Guest of Honour

James Magowan James Magowan, Senior Policy Adviser, Centre for Social Impact Bonds, Government Inclusive Economy Unit, DCMS

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Overview
Confirmed Speakers

  • Kathy Evans, Chief Executive, Children England
  • Nigel Ball, Deputy Director and Head of Commissioning Support, Government Outcomes Lab
  • Alex Fox, CEO, Shared Lives Plus and Chair, VSCE Review
  • James Magowan, Senior Policy Adviser, Centre for Social Impact Bonds, Government Inclusive Economy Unit, DCMS
  • Jane Ide, Chief Executive, NAVCA
  • Dr Rob Macmillan, Principal Research Fellow, CRESR - the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Peter Schofield, Greater Manchester Procurement Hub Programme Manager, Trafford Council
  • Cllr Danny Thorpe, Leader, Royal Borough of Greenwich, Labour & Co-Op Member for Shooters Hill
  • Sally Bagwell, Deputy Head of the Charities Team, New Philanthropy Capital (NPC)

Our Third Sector Commissioning Conference examines how to improve partnership working with the third sector to enable the most effective delivery of public services, with both financial and social benefits.

Driven by their mission and ethical values, the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector is valued for the vital role they play in society by tackling some of the toughest problems facing communities. The new Civil Society Strategy demonstrates the Government’s support for the third sector by seeking to improve the way public services work with these organisations.

With an increasingly uncertain financial and political future, it has never been more important for commissioning bodies to use innovative models to ensure their financial resources are maximised to guarantee a social return on investment.

Attend this conference to develop new approaches to commissioning that support more informed decision making. With an exploration of progress made in social value commissioning, outcomes based commissioning, co-commissioning, consortia working, grant-making and the use of social impact bonds.

Understand how to create robust partnerships with the VCSE, to not just deliver, but also design and evaluate services to achieve better outcomes.

Agenda
Start

09:20 - 09:50
Registration Tea and Coffee

 

09:50 - 10:00
Chair and Westminster Insight Welcoming remarks

 

Speakers

Dr Rob Macmillan Principal Research Fellow, CRESR - the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University

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10:00 - 10:25
Towards a Civil Society Strategy

 
  • Key aims of the new Civil Society Strategy
  • Consultation responses and timeline for implementation
  • Reviewing the impact of the Social Value Act

Speakers

Ben Harrison Head of Regulation, Sponsorship & Commissioning; Strategy and Partnerships Team Office for Civil Society

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10:25 - 10:35
Questions and Discussion

 

10:35 - 11:00
Sustainable and Effective VCSE Organisations in Health and Care: an Action Plan

 
  • Progress made since the publication of the Joint VCSE Review
  • Understanding how and why clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and local authorities chose to engage with the (VCSE) sector and what hinders joint working
  • Further recommendations including cross-system measures, Co-designing health and care systems and developing and testing new models


Speakers

Alex Fox CEO, Shared Lives Plus and Chair, VSCE Review

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11:00 - 11:10
Questions and Discussion

 

11:10 - 11:40
Panel Discussion: Key Challenges for the Third Sector in Commissioning and Providing Services

 
  • Overcoming challenges from a third sector perspective
  • Reforming commissioning, contracting, funding arrangements and procurement to get the best out of the voluntary sector and to recognise the value it creates
  • The support commissioning bodies can offer to develop the Third Sector
  • Examples of best practice and innovative future commissioning models
  • Helping the third sector become more outcomes focused

Speakers

Kathy Evans Chief Executive, Children England

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Jane Ide Chief Executive, NAVCA

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11:40 - 12:00
Networking Tea and Coffee Break

 

12:00 - 12:25
Public Sector Grant-Making - a vital tool for partnerships with the voluntary sector

 
  • Becoming more strategic and creative about grant-making
  • Learning from local experience about good grants and what they can achieve
  • Ensuring transparency, accountability and evidence of outcomes

Speakers

Kathy Evans Chief Executive, Children England

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12:25 - 12:50
Incorporating Social Value into Commissioning and Procurement Activity

 
  • Defining social value and aligning it with local needs
  • What to do and when in the pre-procurement, procurement and wider commissioning cycle
  • Setting standards for measurement and utilising a combination of measurement strategies
  • Examples of best practice

Speakers

Peter Schofield Greater Manchester Procurement Hub Programme Manager, Trafford Council

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12:50 - 13:00
Questions and Discussion

 

13:00 - 14:00
Networking Lunch

 

14:00 - 14:20
Social Impact Bonds in Third Sector Commissioning

 
  • Lessons learnt from the SIBs so far
  • Building the business case and developing the framework for initiating social impact bonds
  • Increasing commissioner interest through the use of evidence based data
  • Measuring outcomes and social benefits

Speakers

James Magowan James Magowan, Senior Policy Adviser, Centre for Social Impact Bonds, Government Inclusive Economy Unit, DCMS

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14:20 - 14:40
Developing a Co-Operative Commissioning Model

 
  • Sharing power when delivering public services to ensure better outcomes at lower cost
  • Creating a commissioning cycle involving residents and the voluntary sector at each step
  • Working with the voluntary sector to help shape services as well as manage them
  • Overcoming challenges to enable collaboration and case studies of best practice

Speakers

Cllr Danny Thorpe Leader, Royal Borough of Greenwich, Labour & Co-Op Member for Shooters Hill

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14:40 - 14:50
Questions and Discussion

 

14:50 - 15:10
The ‘Future State’ of Public Service Commissioning for Complex Problems

 
  • Supporting people with complex needs
  • Tackling problems such as homelessness, children on the edge of care and young people not in education, employment or training (NEET)
  • Understanding the challenges for both public agencies and the third sector
  • Examples of innovative and successful models


Speakers

Nigel Ball Deputy Director and Head of Commissioning Support, Government Outcomes Lab

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15:10 - 15:30
Improving Information Sharing and Governance in Commissioning

 
  • Improving access to government data sources
  • Overcoming barriers of sharing information between commissioners and providers
  • Ensuring the third sector feel confident using data

Speakers

Sally Bagwell Deputy Head of the Charities Team, New Philanthropy Capital (NPC)

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15:30 - 15:35
Questions and Discussion

 

15:35 - 15:40
Chair’s and Westminster Insight’s Thanks and End of Conference

 

End

Speakers

Sally Bagwell Deputy Head of the Charities Team, New Philanthropy Capital (NPC)

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Nigel Ball Deputy Director and Head of Commissioning Support, Government Outcomes Lab

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Kathy Evans Chief Executive, Children England

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Alex Fox CEO, Shared Lives Plus and Chair, VSCE Review

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Ben Harrison Head of Regulation, Sponsorship & Commissioning; Strategy and Partnerships Team Office for Civil Society

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Jane Ide Chief Executive, NAVCA

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Dr Rob Macmillan Principal Research Fellow, CRESR - the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University

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James Magowan James Magowan, Senior Policy Adviser, Centre for Social Impact Bonds, Government Inclusive Economy Unit, DCMS

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Peter Schofield Greater Manchester Procurement Hub Programme Manager, Trafford Council

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Cllr Danny Thorpe Leader, Royal Borough of Greenwich, Labour & Co-Op Member for Shooters Hill

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Venue details

Central London - Westminster Central London - Westminster


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