Key Points
  • Understand the current climate of commissioning in the third sector
  • Review the progress and impact of government frameworks, such as the Civil Society Strategy and Social Value Act
  • Hear award-winning case studies demonstrating effective models of commissioning in the VCSE sector
  • Overcome challenges including restricted funding, service reliability, and the uncertainty of Brexit
  • Effectively implement social impact bonds and evidence-based practice into commissioning
  • Ensure the legality and managing the risk of commissioning contracts in the third sector


Overview
Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Kathy Evans, Chief Executive, Children England
  • Anne Fox, Chief Executive Officer, Clinks
  • John Tizard, Chair, NAVCA
  • Alex Fox, Chief Executive Officer, Shared Lives Plus
  • Carol Mack, Chief Executive, Association of Charitable Foundations
  • Dr Rob Macmillan, Principal Research Fellow, CRESR - The Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Ed Wallis, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Locality
  • Peter Yarwood, Co-Founder, Red Rose Recovery
  • Caroline Howe, Policy and National Programme Manager, Lloyds Bank Foundation
  • Lucy Bannister, Programme Manager, Living Wage Foundation
  • Andreea Anastasiu, Senior Policy and Engagement Officer, Government Outcomes Lab (University of Oxford)
  • David Hunter, Charity and Social Enterprise Consultant, Bates Wells Braithwaite
  • Nick Plumb, Policy Officer, Locality


    With ever-increasing financial and political pressures, it has never been more important to deliver public services with financial and social benefits. Westminster Insight's Third Sector Commissioning conference will give you an insight into forging effective partnerships to maximise the economic and social benefits of delivering public services.

  • Review the progress of the Civil Society Strategy and gain insight into how the Social Value Act is helping to measure the overall effectiveness of contracts.

  • Innovative case studies from a variety of sectors will explain how successful collaborations have helped to maximise social return on investment.

  • A panel of leading experts will explore issues such as measuring social value, accessing alternative sources of funding, and review strategies to deal with the uncertainty of Brexit.

  • You will hear from leading experts in the sector who will explain the intricacies of grant-making and the factors behind each decision, allowing you to tailor your applications for maximum success. Understand the legal risks of contracts from both a commissioner and service provider perspective.

    Our conference aims to provide delegates with the tools to create robust partnerships in the VCSE sector, and to design and evaluate servies to achieve better outcomes.

  • Agenda
    Start

    09:20 - 09:50
    Registration, Refreshments, and Networking

     

    09:50 - 10:00
    Chair's Opening Remarks

     

    Speakers

    Kathy Evans Chief Executive, Children England

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    10:00 - 10:30
    Reviewing the State of Third Sector Commissioning

     
    • Understanding the current climate of commissioning in the VCSE sector 
    • Reviewing the progress of frameworks such as the Civil Society Strategy and the Social Value Act to promote effective commissioning
    Keynote Address followed by a Q&A

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    Anne Fox CEO, Clinks

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    10:30 - 12:10
    Demonstrating Models of Effective Commissioning for VCSE Organisations

     
    10:30-10:50 Case Study 1, 10:50-11:10 Case Study 2, 11:10-11:30 Case Study 3, 11:30-11:50 Case Study 4, 11:50-12:10 Question and Answer Session


    • Understanding how third sector commissioning bodies and local authorities engage with organisations in the VCSE sector 
    • Demonstrating successful collaborations and effective use of grant-making in a variety of social sectors
    Presentations followed by a Q&A

    Speakers

    Lucy Bannister Programme Manager, Living Wage Foundation

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

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    Nick Plumb Policy Officer

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    12:10 - 13:00
    Key Challenges facing the Third Sector

     
    • Understanding how to overcome challenges facing the third sector for both commissioners and the service users  
    • Discussing examples of best practice and recognising positive contributions to the sector
    • Exploring whether commissioning can survive or be further consumed by procurement and if there can be a move away from competitive tendering and contracting
    • Using the VCSE sector as a strategic voice and as advocacy for service users
    • Developing relational partnerships between organisations, commissioners, and service users
    • Debating the potential impact of Brexit on commissioning procedures
    Panel Discussion followed by a Q&A

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    John Tizard Chair, NAVCA

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    Caroline Howe Policy and National Programme Manager, Lloyds Bank Foundation

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    Ed Wallis Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Locality

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    13:00 - 14:00
    Networking Lunch

     

    14:00 - 14:35
    Using Social Impact Bonds (SIB's) and Demonstrating the Evidence-Based Impacts of Commissioning

     
    • Explaining what SIB’s are and how they can be used for effective commissioning strategies
    • Demonstrating examples of projects successfully using SIB’s to measure organisational outcomes 
    • Using evidence-based data to gather commissioner interest and increase the likelihood of successful commissioning renewal  
    Presentation followed by a Q&A

    Speakers

    Andreea Anastasiu Senior Policy and Engagement Officer, Government Outcomes Lab (University of Oxford)

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    14:35 - 15:10
    Understanding Third Sector Grant-Making

     
    • Understanding the changing landscape of charitable grant-making 
    • Developing relational approaches in grant funding 
    • Understanding what impact means and how to measure it
    • Developing a culture of transparency in funding decision-making and grants data
    Presentation followed by a Q&A

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    Carol Mack Chief Executive, Association of Charitable Foundations

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    15:10 - 15:40
    Legality and Risk for Commissioning Contracts in the Third Sector

     
    • Understanding the legal aspects of procurement and tendering contracts 
    • Ensuring commissioners can trust the reliability of contract bidders 
    • Explaining the availability and access to legal aid during disputes for all parties
    Presentation followed by a Q&A

    Speakers

    David Hunter Charity and Social Enterprise Consultant, Bates Wells Braithwaite

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    15:40 - 15:45
    Chair's Closing Remarks

     

    Speakers

    Kathy Evans Chief Executive, Children England

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    End

    Speakers

    Andreea Anastasiu Senior Policy and Engagement Officer, Government Outcomes Lab (University of Oxford)

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    Lucy Bannister Programme Manager, Living Wage Foundation

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    Kathy Evans Chief Executive, Children England

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    Anne Fox CEO, Clinks

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

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    Caroline Howe Policy and National Programme Manager, Lloyds Bank Foundation

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    David Hunter Charity and Social Enterprise Consultant, Bates Wells Braithwaite

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    Carol Mack Chief Executive, Association of Charitable Foundations

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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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    Nick Plumb Policy Officer

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    John Tizard Chair, NAVCA

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    Ed Wallis Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Locality

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    Peter Yarwood Co-Founder, Red Rose Recovery

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    Venue details

    Zone 1 Central London


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