Procuring for Good – How the Social Value Act is being used by local authorities

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“Published by Social Enterprise UK, this report paints the most comprehensive picture yet about how councils in England are using the Public Services (Social Value) Act.”

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Supporting Leicestershire Families

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Despite significant investment in services many families still experience the same problems from one generation to another. The Supporting Leicestershire Families Programme aimed to support families so that the whole family have better lives and outcomes independent from the state. Leicestershire Together therefore committed to improving the lives of Leicestershire Families, particularly the most vulnerable, with an ambition to improve outcomes for these families whilst reducing public sector costs.

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STaR Shared Procurement Service

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STaR Shared Procurement Service is a partnership of Stockport, Trafford and Rochdale Metropolitan Councils which aims to increase value for money and social benefits throughout the commissioning process. The service was established in 2013 and issues over 400 procurement tenders each year.

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Understanding Social Value: A guide for local Compacts and the voluntary sector

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This guide is aimed at the voluntary sector and The Compact (The Compact is an agreement between the public and voluntary/community sectors establishing a mutually beneficial relationship and several key guidelines. The guide allows organisations in the voluntary sector to understand how they can engage with the Social Value Act (2012) and explains the concept of social value.

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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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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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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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East Sussex Procurement Hub – Guide to the Public Services (Social Clauses Act) 2012

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“The Public Services (social clauses) Act 2012 received Royal Assent in March 2012. This guide explains to commissioning and procuring officers in the East Sussex Procurement Hub. – the implications of the act on contracts and procurement, – how to assess the impact of social and community benefits and, – how to implement and measure social benefits within contracts. It also provide suppliers with information on what the Act means for them.”

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