Posts tagged with ‘ Commissioning ’

Guest blog: Commissioning 2.0

, 24 January 2014

Commissioning is at a crossroads. Hit by a succession of outsourcing scandals, the use of big contracts and growth in new payment mechanisms have come under increased scrutiny from politicians and the media, as well as watchdogs such as the National Audit Office. This landscape is not only increasingly complex – in terms of...

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Big bang – will Grayling’s payment by results ‘rocket boosters’ reduce reoffending rates?

, 23 October 2012

The idea of outsourcing reoffending services and increasingly paying providers ‘by results’ is not new. The voluntary sector has provided rehabilitation services for over a century. Private providers have delivered rehabilitation services for decades, both in the UK and internationally. And contracting methods have evolved rapidly over the past twenty years, with the idea...

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Government outsourcing – too good to be true?

, 25 September 2012

The data presented in yesterday’s CBI report on public sector outsourcing is fascinating. On behalf of the CBI, Oxford Economics examined data from a number of government organisations and identified the rough proportions of expenditure on contracts in a range of public services. We find out, for example, that 48% of hospital security spending...

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A more agile democracy

, 21 August 2011

This latest form of democratic engagement was enabled by the Government’s new e-petitions website which went live 2 weeks ago. This democratic innovation allows any member of the public to create a new petition or support an existing petition for debate in the House of Commons. The site has enabled the public to call...

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Don’t quota me

, 25 February 2011

On Friday 11 February the Prime Minister launched a new approach to government procurement. As part of his Big Society vision, public services would be thrown open to competition and there would be a “right to bid” for delivery of public services.

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What government IT can learn from cycling in London

, 24 February 2011

Cycling in London requires agility. By that, I don’t mean being limber (although that does help). You need to be prepared to react quickly to changing circumstances and to revise your planned route as circumstances require.

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Payment by results in public services

, 26 January 2011

The Government will soon publish a white paper that will set out its direction on delivery of public services.

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Are Social Impact Bonds the answer to the fiscal crisis?

, 20 January 2011

Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) have been causing a “frenzy” of interest in Whitehall over the past few months. Hardly surprising given the current fiscal challenge and their apparent ability to attract external investment to our public services.

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Social Impact Bonds: a beginner’s guide

, 20 January 2011

At face value my offer is fantastic news. The more sceptical amongst you might ask how certain is that future payment. For example, if it is only 50% likely then the deal is only break even (ignoring inflation). Any worse than that and you’ll lose money.

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