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The implementation of the Compact – a review by the National Audit Office

24 Oct 2011 - 09:33 by michelle.foster

The Compact is an agreement that sets out shared principles and guidelines for effective partnership working between central government and civil society organisations in England.

The National Audit Office’s (NAO) review will examine the implementation of the Compact, focusing on issues of accountability and transparency. The review will conclude on the implementation of the Compact across central government, identifying and then highlighting variations in practice and making recommendations for improvements in departments and in the Office for Civil Society.

This study falls under the NAO’s strategic theme of “cost-effective delivery” and “financial management and reporting”.

The NAO is undertaking a review of how central government departments have implemented principles for effective partnership working with civil society organisations. Whilst most of the work will be focused on departments and other bodies and the Cabinet Office, the NAO would like to get the perspectives of voluntary and community organisations.

The responses to the consultation will be analysed alongside the other evidence that is collected and may be used to inform their report which will be published and made available to Parliament by the end of 2011.

For further information and to take part in the review, visit: www.nao.org.uk/publications/work_in_progress/implementation_of_the_compa....

Responses should be emailed to: compact@nao.gsi.gov.uk, or posted to: Renewed Compact Consultation, Civil Society and Commissioning Team, National Audit Office, 157-197 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9SP.

Deadline: Friday 18 November 2011

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