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Can you help us explore commissioning of public services? Deadline extended until 19 September

Would you be willing to spend up to 30 minutes completing a survey to explore how commissioning and contracting can be made to work in the best interests of the people and communities who rely on public services? We need the views of public sector commissioners and social sector providers.

In addition to policy drivers such as the Government’s Open Public Services White Paper and the localism and ‘Big Society’ agendas, it is likely that the quest for savings in an age of austerity will mean that the expansion of external commissioning by the public sector is set to continue. However, as contracts become increasingly complex, for example by using Payment by Results (PBR), it is unclear whether commissioners and providers have the skills and capacity to make these new arrangements work effectively.

Shared Intelligence is carrying out this survey in partnership with Collaborate CIC and the Institute for Government as part of a wider piece of research being supported by the Gulbenkian Foundation and the Cabinet Office to explore how public services can be improved through social sector involvement and the readiness of the sector to respond. The findings will inform the contents of a high profile report to be launched in the autumn, helping shift the debate and practice in the policymaking and commissioning community nationally and locally.

The survey for social sector providers is at www.surveymonkey.com/s/CollaborateProvidersSurvey

The survey for public sector commissioners is at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CollaborateCommissionersSurvey

We do hope you can help – if so, please respond by Thursday 19 September at the latest. Thanks a lot.

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