Monday, March 7, 2011

Financial relationships with third sector organisations

The National Audit Office commissioned OPM to research the Government’s financial relationships with third sector organisations. In so doing OPM looked at the existing guidance and the experience of stakeholders in commissioning third sector organisations in provider roles for local authorities and primary care trusts.

The resultant decision support tool seeks to provide practical support for ‘real-life’ decisions about the design of appropriate funding models. It is designed to help ensure programmes are effective, economical and efficient.

It is intended to be used by commissioners at a local level e.g. in local government and local health services but its messages are relevant to all commissioners and will be of interest to TSOs and other stakeholders.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Shared Ownership in Practice: Case studies of five public service mutuals

This report gives more detail about the journeys taken by staff and communities who have taken over ownership of public services and assets. The case studies trace the challenges and success factors faced in five areas: Oldham, North Dorset, Rochdale, Stockport and Northamptonshire. The strategic learning report about these and two other ‘mutuals’ is also available.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Things we wish we’d known – top tips for setting up health improvement programmes

This guide draws together some of our learning, identifying both things we did well and ‘if only we knew then’ tips and resources to help teams planning programmes to improve health or reduce health inequalities. It draws on lessons learnt from a programme jointly developed by NHS Manchester and Manchester City Council, known as points4life.