One of the things I love most about working in the voluntary sector is that if you have a really good idea you can generally find a way to make it happen. It might take a while – things like our State of the Sector and Civil Economy work were on my wishlist for years before we were finally able to publish the finished work. But sometimes you can be taken by surprise at how fast you can go from the idea to it actually happening.
TUPE (Tranfer of Undertakings, Protection of Employment) is the complex set of regulations that governs how employees are transferred from one organisation to another when a publicly funded contract changes hands, and it has recently been updated.
The 2014 EU Procurement Directives were adopted by the EU on 28 March 2014 and the UK government is intending to put them into operation in the UK as quickly as possible. Manchester City Council and other public bodies are beginning to assess their impact. The new rules remove the distinction between Part A and Part B procurement and are intended, on the whole, to open up the market, especially to small and medium enterprises.
Nigel Rose, Strategic Lead (Commissioning) has published the second part of his two-part blog which proposes a solution to the thorny problem of including evidence of past performance in decision-making about funding. How can we ensure that organisations that perform well continue to be funded and those that are perform badly are decommissioned?
In part 1 of this article I sketched out some issues to consider when taking into account evidence of past performance in decision-making about funding. In part 2, I attempt to provide some answers.
Could Manchester be Europe’s answer to America’s hippest city - Portland, Oregon?
Manchester has enjoyed solid economic success, there is now an opportunity for a ‘new wave’ to Manchester’s future. A new report A Civil Economy for Manchester, prepared for Macc by the think-do tank the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) demonstrates how this new wave is about unleashing the power of citizens, social and voluntary group.
Macc, together with VYM and Manchester City Council jointly carried out an evaluation of Manchester City Council's Youth and Play Services Commissioning (2014/15) which has, as yet, not been published. The statement explains the position of Macc and VYM who want to see the evaluation published as soon as possible, and the steps that have been agreed with Manchester City Council to make this happen.
Macc, VYM and Manchester City Council worked co-operatively to produce an Evaluation of Youth and Play Fund Commissioning (2013-2015). The evaluation is based on survey data, focus groups and interviews with officers and councillors of Manchester City Council and with voluntary sector youth and play providers. It is divided into a number of sections each with findings, recommendations and questions to be considered, including sections on the application process, the decision making process panels and moderation and contract negotiation.
Nigel Rose, Strategic Lead (Commissioning) has published the first part of a two-part blog which examines the thorny problem of including evidence of past performance in decision-making about funding. If an organisation failes to deliver, like G4S, should it be allowed to bid for further contracts and if an organisation succeeds, should this increase their chances next time?
There are two common complaints I hear from voluntary sector organisations about procurement (grants and contracts) from public bodies.
The first is:
"Why isn't good performance rewarded and recognised?"
"We've done a good job, we've exceeded out targets and/or delivered more than we said we would yet this doesn't seem to make any difference when it comes to the next round of funding!"
The second complaint is the other side of the coin.
"Why isn't poor performance punished?"