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22nd November 2013
The Transition Institute and Collaborate to launch new report in social value commissioning on the 4th of December
The Transition Institute is delighted to announce that it is launching its latest research, Social Value Commissioning – Part 1: Lessons from Lambeth on the 4th of December.
This report is the result of Lambeth Council, The Transition Institute and Collaborate at South Bank University working together to research new ways of promoting social value in commissioning and procurement. The rationale of this joint research was to develop the first report in a series of research to develop a reliable Social Value Commissioning Framework, a blueprint for commissioners to use for measuring social value effectively.
As we know, the political climate is beginning to support the modernisation of commissioning by shifting the focus from the bottom-line price or cost of a service towards the overall value of the outcomes delivered.
The Institute has hosted three seminars this year in order to bring together key figures from UK councils and the third sector to discuss and debate the role of social value. We are grateful for the contributions of the participants, not least Cllr Jenny Harrison of Oldham Council, Neil McInroy (Chief Executive of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies) and Chris White MP, who championed the Public Services (Social Value) Act.
Embedding social value into public contracts requires both commissioners and practitioners to be able to identify and demonstrate such value. Social value is multi-dimensional and can have a variety of components. It is the purpose of this research to cut through ambiguity and shed light on the exact methods organisations can measure social value in their strategy. Current efforts in local authorities such as Lambeth, Croydon and Oldham set the right path but they will only fulfil its potential if we are able to effectively translate its principles into practice.
The report will be available from December and on the Institute’s website.
30th October 2013
Transition Institute and CLES to host roundtable on social value commissioning in Manchester
The Transition Institute and the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) are jointly hosting a roundtable in Manchester next week on the practicalities of social value commissioning. The event is to be attended by senior policy makers and heads of procurement from many UK local authorities.
11th July 2013
Transition Institute hosts seminar on social value commissioning
The Transition Institute hosted a lively and interesting seminar on social value commissioning on Tuesday. The event took place at Wesley’s Chapel in the Old Street Area. The purpose of this seminar was to discuss the practicalities for councils in moving towards social value commissioning.
The event was chaired by Allison Ogden-Newton, the Institute’s Chair, and the participants included:
•Vishal Bhogaita, Strategy Group, Transaction Services, KPMG
•Toby Blume, Cooperative Council Implementation Lead, London Borough of Lambeth, and independent strategist
•Kevin Churchill, Head of Procurement Hub – Environmental Services, Camden Council
•David Marlow, Chief Executive, Third Life Economics •Neil McInroy, Chief Executive, Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES)
•Philip, Messere, Funding Manager (Investment), Big Lottery Fund
•Michelle Pooley, Community Engagement Coordinator and Healthwatch Commissioner, Brighton & Hove City Council
•Mike Poulter, Head of Commissioning and Change Management, Sunderland City Council
•Anna Randle, Cooperative Council Lead at LB, Lambeth Council/Associate, Royal Society of Arts
24th May 2013
Roundtable on UK Spin-Outs, Monday the 17th of June
Last year, the Institute launched the ‘State of the Sector’ survey with a view to mapping out the spin-out sector with feedback and personal insights from UK organisations that had recently spun out from the public sector. Dr Richard Hazenberg of Northampton University has worked on the findings of the data produced by the survey.
The Roundtable will be chaired by Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Arts, and hosted by David Mills, Editor of the Guardian’s Social Enterprise Network. Dr Hazenberg, who is unable to attend the Roundtable, has asked for to have his findings presented by Nick Petford, Vice-Chancellor, and Professor Simon Denny, Social Enterprise Development Director, of the University of Northampton.
21st March 2013
Transition Institute joins Guardian’s ‘City Deals’ Discussion Panel
Allison Ogden-Newton, the Institute’s Chair, yesterday joined a panel of experts to contribute to the Guardian’s Live Panel Discussion. The focus of the dicussion concerned how cities make the most of new powers over transport, education and infrastructure.
27th July 2012
Transition Institute’s third spin-out camp, hosted and sponsored by The University of Northampton
The Transition Institute held yesterday (26th July) the last of the series of three spin-out camps that have taken place across the UK this year, where those managers and practitioners who wish to spin out of the public sector or to bid for new service contracts can learn from market leaders and industry experts and share their experience.
The event was kindly hosted and sponsored by The University of Northampton, an institution which is to become a strategic partner for the Transition Institute as it was announced at the event. Professor Simon Denny, the man charged with enabling Northampton to become the UK’s first social enterprise university, will be joining our Board soon.
25th May 2012
Transition Institute’s second spin-out camp (Hull, North East)
“The journey of a spin-out service is an interesting one and by no means one without obstacles”, so said Antonio Rizzo, Head of Library Services at Lewisham Council, spin-out veteran and speaker at yesterday’s event.
This was the second of a series of three regional spin-out camp events taking place across the UK in the North West, North East and the Midlands (visit our Events page for further details).
The event was held at Health Central facilities in Hull, sponsored by City Health Care Partnership.
30th March 2012
Transition Institute’s first spin-out camp (Manchester, North West)
The Transition Institute held yesterday (29th March) the first of a series of three regional spin-out camp events taking place across the UK in the North West, North East and the Midlands over the coming months.
The North West event was held at Hempsons Solicitors offices in Manchester – an associate partner of the Transition Institute with a well-established social enterprise and not-for-profit practice and reputation, including support to public sector staff groups considering establishing themselves as social enterprises.
22nd November 2011
Transition Institute launches “Social Value Ethos”
Ahead of the report stage of the Public Services (Social Value) Bill in parliament on Friday 25th November 2011, the Transition Institute yesterday (21st November) published its first publication: ‘Social value ethos’.
The report, also marking six months since the soft launch of the Transition Institute concept, outlines the potential of a positive future for public services, despite the economic climate and downward pressure on budgets.
11th July 2011
Transition Institute responds to the Open Public Services White Paper
Dom Potter, Director of the Transition Institute, comments:
Value in public services
“We here at the Transition Institute have repeatedly been making the point to the Cabinet Office that councils should have the flexibility and freedom to consider overall value rather than only cost in their spending decisions.
This is a part of the White Paper which will probably be overlooked by most people, but which will potentially have the biggest impact on commissioning and the future of public services if we get it right.”