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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".



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    Exeter   Workshop 4   Commissioning And Market Making   Gill Millar Exeter Workshop 4 Commissioning And Market Making Gill Millar Presentation Transcript

    • Gill Millar South West Regional Youth Work Adviser Commissioning and the Youth Offer : a South West perspective
    • 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
    • Why commission?
      • Cost benefits
      • Building social capital
      • Transparency and contestability
      • Encouraging innovation
      • Engage a wider range of providers
    • 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?
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Visit our web-site at www.learning-southwest.org.uk