Key Points
  • Perspectives from across the public sector on the failings and opportunities of commissioning and procurement during the pandemic
  • Third Sector resilience and learning from service providers experiences of partnership working with commissioning bodies to deliver vital services throughout the pandemic
  • Government priorities for public procurement. Reflecting on commissioning during the crisis and next steps for the Civil Society Strategy
  • Working towards a "new normal". What does the future of commissioning look like?
  • Incorporating the new Social Value Measures into commissioning and procurement activity
  • Covid 19 and outcomes contracts; allowing flexibilities and redesigning outcomes
  • Codesigning, co-producing, and co-delivering services with vulnerable users and local communities
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Overview

Expert Speakers

  • Mark Roddan, Joint Head of Procurement, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Councils
  • Anne Fox, CEO, Clinks
  • Rebecca Young, Policy Manager, National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)
  • Kathy Evans, Chief Executive, Children England
  • Dr Clare FitzGerald, Research Fellow, Government Outcomes Lab
  • Cllr Danny Thorpe, Leader, Royal Borough of Greenwich
  • Caroline Slocock, Director, Civil Exchange and Co-convenor, Better Way
  • Benjamin Taylor, CEO, Public Service Transformation Academy (PSTA)

    Our Third Sector Commissioning Digital Conference examines how to build on the good practice that has emerged during the pandemic to improve partnership working between the statutory and third sector to enable the most effective delivery of public services during a crisis.

    The pandemic has challenged commissioning bodies to offer an unprecedented level of flexibility and support to the VCSE sector to deliver services responding to the changing needs of citizens and communities. This increased collaboration between the pubic and voluntary sectors needs to be maintained and not seen as a short-term solution.

    Public service resilience and flexibility will be needed more than ever as communities seek to recover from their trauma and potentially cope with another peak in the crisis later this year. And with the economy in crisis it is vital for commissioning bodies to use innovative models to ensure their financial resources are maximised to guarantee a social return on investment.

    Attend this forum to hear experience and insights from commissioners and their VCSE partners on the front line delivering services, about creating new systems, structures and relationships that build on the best of what we have achieved during the pandemic and to shape a more positive future for when we emerge from the crisis.

  • Agenda
    Start

    09:00 - 09:10
    Chair’s Opening Remarks

     

    09:10 - 09:40
    Keynote Address: Government Priorities for Public Commissioning and Procurement

     
    • Learning lessons from commissioning during Covid 19 and next steps       
    • Progress in implementing The Civil Society Strategy      
    • The new Social Value Measures to deliver value to society through public procurement and commissioning     
    • Levelling Up Our Communities: Proposals for a New Social Covenant
    9.30 - 9.40 Question and Discussion 

    09:40 - 10:10
    Incorporating the New Social Value Model into Commissioning and Procurement Activity

     
    • Defining social value and aligning it with local needs       
    • What to do and when in the pre-procurement, procurement and wider commissioning cycle     
    • Standards for measuring and evaluating a supplier’s social impact to generate a social value score        
    • Supporting organisations to clearly demonstrate the social value they add
    • Examples of best practice
    10.00 - 10.10 Questions and Discussion

    10:10 - 10:40
    Panel Discussion: Lessons Learnt from the Pandemic in Emergency Procurement, Commissioning and Contract Management from Across the Public Sector

     
    • Putting Cabinet Office guidance into practice for contracting authorities to support suppliers 
    • Implementing emergency changes to public contracts 
    • Perspectives on the failings and opportunities of commissioning during the pandemic 
    • Helping commissioners capitalise on recent opportunities for improved system working and enabling ongoing flexibility through recovery and beyond
    10.30 - 10.40 Questions and Discussion

    Speakers

    Abby Semple Principal Consultant, Public Procurement Analysis

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    Mark Roddan Joint Head of Procurement, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Councils

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    10:40 - 10:50
    Intermission

     

    10:50 - 11:20
    Panel Discussion: Key Challenges for the Third Sector in Providing Services During a Crisis

     
    • Coping with pressures facing the sector as a result of the corona virus
    • Reforming tendering, commissioning, contracting, funding arrangements and procurement to get the best out of the voluntary sector to enable recovery
    • How commissioning bodies can help support the Third Sector 
    • Examples of best practice and innovative future commissioning models
    • Third sector sustainability post pandemic
    11.10 - 11.20 Questions and Discussion 

    Speakers

    Kathy Evans Chief Executive, Children England

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    Anne Fox CEO, Clinks

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    Rebecca Young Policy Manager, National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

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    11:20 - 11:55
    COVID-19 and Outcomes Contracts

     
    • What has changed in relation to contracts? 
    • Allowing flexibilities and redesigning outcomes 
    • Improving communication channels with contract partners 
    • Adapting governance mechanisms to deal with the pandemic 
    • Working towards a ‘new normal’ 
    • Examples of best practice
    11.50 - 11.55 Questions and Discussion 

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    Dr Clare FitzGerald Research Fellow, Government Outcomes Lab

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    11:55 - 12:20
    Case Study: Codesigning, Co-Producing, and Co-Delivering Services with Vulnerable Users and Local Communities

     
    • Creating a commissioning cycle involving service users and the voluntary sector at each step 
    • Overcoming challenges to enable collaboration 
    • Ensuring community and practice voices are heard with real impact and are representative of wider populations 
    • Capturing the multidimensionality of real lives and incorporating user voices alongside statistical data
    12.15 - 12.20 Questions and Discussion 

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    Cllr Danny Thorpe Leader, Royal Borough of Greenwich

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    12:20 - 12:50
    Panel Discussion: Working Towards a ‘New Normal’. What Does the Future of Commissioning Look Like?

     
    • Reflecting on what worked and what didn’t during the crisis       
    • Building back better public services during and after Covid-19
    12.40 - 12.50 Questions and Discussion 

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    Benjamin Taylor CEO, Public Service Transformation Academy (PSTA)

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    Caroline Slocock Director, Civil Exchange and Co-convenor, Better Way

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    12:50 - 13:00
    Chair’s Closing Remarks

     

    End

    Speakers

    Kathy Evans Chief Executive, Children England

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    Dr Clare FitzGerald Research Fellow, Government Outcomes Lab

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    Anne Fox CEO, Clinks

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    Mark Roddan Joint Head of Procurement, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Councils

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    Abby Semple Principal Consultant, Public Procurement Analysis

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    Caroline Slocock Director, Civil Exchange and Co-convenor, Better Way

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    Benjamin Taylor CEO, Public Service Transformation Academy (PSTA)

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    Cllr Danny Thorpe Leader, Royal Borough of Greenwich

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    Rebecca Young Policy Manager, National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

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