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Exeter Workshop 4 Commissioning And Market Making Gill Millar

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A presentation given at one of the National Youth Agency's regional events on the Governments new ten yearyouth strategy, called "Aiming High". …

A presentation given at one of the National Youth Agency's regional events on the Governments new ten yearyouth strategy, called "Aiming High".



For more information visit www.nya.org.uk/tenyearstrategy

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  • 1. Gill Millar South West Regional Youth Work Adviser Commissioning and the Youth Offer : a South West perspective
  • 2. Commissioning and the Youth Offer
    • Issues to consider:
    • Why commission? (What are the benefits)
    • What should be commissioned? (All or parts of the offer)
    • Who should deliver? (The state of the market)
    • Ensuring quality
    • Young people’s role in commissioning
    • Commissioning as a tool for innovation
  • 3. Why commission?
    • Cost benefits
    • Building social capital
    • Transparency and contestability
    • Encouraging innovation
    • Engage a wider range of providers
  • 4. What to commission
    • Currently inconsistent across the Youth Offer
    • Need clear analysis of need/aspirations of young people
    • Standards against which to benchmark specifications
    • Factor in development and response to changing needs
    • What functions need to stay in house?
  • 5. The state of the market
    • Price Waterhouse Cooper report (2006): need for market development in positive activities
    • Long standing grant aid relationship with small scale local voluntary youth organisations: can this continue? Is there a dependency culture?
    • Growth of private sector provision and large national voluntary organisations: could see ‘Tesco effect’
    • Audit Commission report (2007): many VCOs unable to explain value for money: same applies to many LA providers
    • Building social capital: supporting local engagement
  • 6. Ensuring Quality
    • More providers + more variety = less uniformity: how can we ensure consistent good quality?
    • Clear standards required, understood by commissioners and providers
      • National IAG standards
      • RYWU standards for youth work
    • Too many Quality Marks: need clarity about comparability and relevance
    • Effective contract management
  • 7. Young people as commissioners
    • Aiming High’: young people to control 25% of positive activities budget: how are we preparing for that?
    • Experience of Youth Opportunity Fund/Youth Capital Fund
    • Involvement of young people in commissioning decisions strategically and in localities
    • Development of roles for young people in commissioning teams
  • 8. Building a culture of innovation
    • Youth workers have a strong sense of entrepreneurship: so commissioning should support, not smother this
    • Build in capacity to innovate at project level, by leaving the inputs ‘loose’, while outputs are ‘tight’
    • Ensure innovative practice is shared and celebrated, and not kept inside projects and providers
    • Workforce development and CPD should promote, not stifle innovation
  • 9. Making commissioning work for young people
    • Need ‘ intelligent’ commissioners, informed directly by young people, who understand what is possible and what can go wrong
    • A transparent process for determining the ‘Youth Offer’
    • Providers who know the value of their offer, are sustainable in the area, and can show how they help to build local social capital
    • Clear quality standards for all aspects of the Youth Offer
    • Sufficient funding, equitably distributed to maintain a high quality offer for young people
  • 10. Visit our web-site at www.learning-southwest.org.uk