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".

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

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Exeter Workshop 4 Commissioning And Market Making Gill Millar

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