The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012: One Year On

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This report outlines some of the progress made by commissioners in the year following the implementation of the The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012. Further context is given on UK and EU legislation on commissioning for social value. Numerous case studies are given on how organisations have commissioned for social value and have used this to benefit stakeholders.

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Tackling poverty through public procurement

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This report informs public sector commissioners on best practices for generating social value, with particular emphasis on creating positive outcomes for disadvantaged stakeholder groups. Example case studies and procurement frameworks are given.

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Social Value Toolkit. Toolkit used by the pilots

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“In order to further develop the concept of social value we have developed a toolkit which is designed to support commissioners to use the concept within their locality and to best affect. This toolkit is not designed to replace or even duplicate the work of existing processes. Rather, it has been designed to sit alongside and compliment existing processes (as can be seen to the right), and therefore remains sufficiently generic for adaptation by individual localities and organisations.”

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Recent approaches to measuring social impact in the Third sector: An overview

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This report explains the different social value evaluation frameworks and gives a step-by-step guide for conducting an analysis using each framework. The similarities and differences between approaches are explored. This gives organisations involved in the commissioning process additional information on relative advantages and disadvantages of each measurement strategy.

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Putting evaluations to use: from measuring to endorsing social value

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This research paper examines the importance of social value measurement in the context of the Social Value Act. This includes assessment of evaluation frameworks and how they can be used to better understand the concept of social value. Details are given on how third sector organisations can effectively provide public services.

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Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 – a brief guide

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This guide explains what social value is and how the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 differs from previous legislation and how it is intended to work in practice. It explains how the public sector can most effectively engage with this new legislation and how social enterprises and third sector organisations can demonstrate their ability to generate social value during the commissioning process.

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Procurement Policy Note – The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 – advice for commissioners and procurers

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This policy note gives an introduction of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 and clarifies some of the terminology used. The requirements of the act are set out and examples given of how organisations can consider social value when commissioning and procuring services.

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Inspiring and Creating Social Value in Croydon – A Social Value Toolkit for Commissioners

This toolkit was developed by Croydon Council to inform the organisation and other potential service providers – including small to medium enterprises, social enterprises and voluntary sector organisations on how to embed social value throughout the procurement process.

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