What's your experience of commissioning?


What's your experience of commissioning?

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Comment by Peter Smith on August 5, 2014 at 13:25

Hi Bren, hope you're well.

My only experience has been as an observer of the process.

Over the last few years there has been a move from grants to commissioning, with the argument made that it is a more effective way to align service provision with the aims of the agencies with funding. The experience of viewing this has been one largely filled with seeing much time, resource and staff energy spent on mapping, discussing and developing commissioning processes, boards and agreements, with the result being that most of the same groups have been funded and a few larger organisations have manged to "get in on the act" through their experience at completing the appropriate paperwork.


The other change jhas been the massive increase in the number of Commissioners who now work in public authorities, paid healthy salaries to map, discuss and maintain the argument for commissioning. many of these people do not actually have any budget. Perhaps it may be worth checking how many of these posts have been created over the last few years, costing many hundreds of thousands of pounds whilst services are being cut? 

Comment by Bren Cook on July 24, 2014 at 9:33

I wanted to say how commissioning is effecting services and organisations but my brain was going faster than the typing.

Comment by Bren Cook on July 24, 2014 at 9:32

Thanks Andy. I'm writing a paper for my course about how commissioning and this is a brilliant start. More than happy to share the views. My initial take is that it isn't what it could be (to say the least) 

once again thanks.

Comment by Andy Benson on July 24, 2014 at 8:50

Hi Bren,

if you haven't already seen them have a look at our reports for the Inquiry into the Future of Voluntary Services. All so far released (7 of them) say something about commissioning - from the ideological background that explains the context to commissioning, the report on outsourcing which shows how voluntary services groups have got caught up in privatisation, another on social enterprise, another on the impact on community groups, a specific report on commissioning and procurement itself and 2 reports that look at the experience of groups on the ground. You can access and download all these reports here - http://www.independentaction.net/category/inquiry-voluntary-service...  . More to come over the next few weeks.... would appreciate your views on this material and others in NatCAN who make their way through them....

Andy Benson NCIA



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