Office of the Third Sector (Northamptonshire). Northamptonshire Third Sector Partnership Agreement The Compact and Sector Developments. Murphy Brown Third Sector Business Development Director. Version 2. Background.
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Third Sector Business Development Director
In March 2006 the Infrastructure Consortium Steering Group for Northamptonshire begun working together to create a forward plan for the development of infrastructure agencies and their services offered to front line Third Sector agencies within Northamptonshire. During this time the views of representatives of this group had been gathered to:- Understand what the perceived relative strengths and weaknesses of the Consortium have been to date, - Review and discuss the findings in an open and transparent fashion,- Consider emerging influences on the development of the sector , e.g. Local Area Agreements (LAA) and other national developments. - Debate the needs and priorities of the Consortium going forward, - Take the associated findings forward to inform the development of a new partnership agreement for the Steering Group- Create a Partnership Agreement and terms of reference (Steering Group) for onward sharing across the third sector in Northamptonshire.- Develop processes for electing/selecting sector representatives (e.g. CFAP)
12 month monitoring & development period post the launch.
Raise awareness of the Agreement Countywide
Alignment of the Agreement to the Compact
Highlight Benefits:- - Co-operative working - Openness and Transparency - Collaborative & Partnership Working - Process for electing sector representatives
Development of the draft Partnership Agreement & ongoing consultation.
Alignment to the Compact
Final draft agreement by June 2007 (Achieved)
12 month monitoring & development period post the launch.
Development of the Third Sector Strategy to include, Statement of Priorities.
2. The Relationship
(of the Compact, Northamptonshire Partnership Agreement
and the Third Sector Vision)
“To be a strong, sustainable
Third Sector in
What is the Compact?
The Compact is the agreement between Northamptonshire public bodies and the
voluntary and community sector to improve their relationship to benefit each other.
The Compact sets out:
The Compact has been supported by six Codes of Good Practice, covering:
A number of converging factors are creating a momentum within the VCS that are driving organisations to:
Some of these factors include:
a. Several high profile reviews that consider how the sector can
increase capacity and generate sustainable revenue, such as
ChangeUp - the Infrastructure Review, the Cross Cutting Review
and Building Civil Renewal Community Capacity Building Review.
b. Public funding and private investment in VCS sustainability,
infrastructure and public confidence measures.
c. Increasing opportunities for the VCS to deliver some central and
local government services via outsourcing and contracts as
opposed to grants.
d. A push towards full cost recovery in VCS charges for public service
delivery, reinforcing and recognising the sector’s initiatives in this
area. Funders fund once
Other factors include:
7. What is the “Third Sector”
The following is a series of questions
that have been raised at local forums
around the County about the
Partnership Agreement Document.
We have tried to answer them as best
as we can.
8. Q: What is exactly meant by “rationalising” the current range
of services (page 3)? Does this mean some services should
A: No, it actually means the following…
(The word Rationalising has now been removed and will be replaced by a form of words agreed at the mid term consultation event)
IIP Stands for.... “Infrastructure Investment Plan” current range
9. Q: Is the Third Sector IIP Business Plan concerned with the
development of the activities of the 3 Groups or is it to be a
template for every forum member to implement or aspire to?
A: The IIP Business Plan will take into account individual
organisational development as well as Forum, Consortium
and Partnership development.
Work Force Development
LIO current range =Local Infrastructure Organisation.
CIO= Countywide Infrastructure Organisation
10. Q: Aren't the LIOs responsible already for gathering and
Sharing "activity data“ (page 4)?
A: The LIOs and CIOs will lead on gathering and disseminating
Data to the sector. However, a lot of valuable data is already
captured by front line organisations, we need to find simple ways
of gathering the data for use.
Some of this data will take for the form of:-
How will the group “be project managed" and does
this mean they will compete with sector members for funding
and the delivery of services?
A: We will need to discuss things like:-
12. Q: Does "working with CFAP" mean influencing the
Destination of funding streams or levels?
attempting to increase the amount of funding into the sector
as a whole?
A: CFAP gives opportunities for the VCS to:-
A: The Third Sector Office is sited in NCompass
However, support for this office should also come from
Clarity around the legality of Partnership, who has responsibility in terms of liability?
Why does the sector need to work in collaboration and partnerships?
How will Infrastructure providers improve the quality of their delivery to help front line organisations?
How will Capacity Builders funding help front line organisations?
Does local Borough and District Councils support the development of the third sector and what is the evidence?
What does the future hold for the third sector?
Creating a common platform for communications and programmes.
Communicating what we do and how we do it; building trust and transparency in the sector and support for development. Collaboration and Partnerships.
Campaign and leadership to accelerate action on key sector issues – local, county, regional and national levels.
Integrating communications and assessing political and development risks for more effective strategy and design leading to better outcomes.
14. Communication, a Key Element to making it all work!
Scaling up Communications for Improved Results
Monitoring is the regular observation & recording of on going activities in a project or a programme.Monitoring is an integral part of every project/programme, from start to finish.Monitoring will become a key part of this work, to ensure that we are progressing and achieving objectives.
16. Evaluate Group
Evaluation is a process of judging value on what a project or programme has achieved particularly in relation to activities planned & overall objectives/outputs and then translate/present the outcomes in an accessible format.Again, we will ensure that a robust way of evaluating what we do is designed, using existing methods to avoid duplication and additional work.
Third Sector THIRD SECTOR PARTNERSHIP GROUP
“Standing” Conference/ Quarterly Events to include other partners e.g. Local Area Agreement/ LSPs/CDRP’s
THIRD SECTOR COUNTYWIDE FORUM
Members drawn preferably from frontline groups.
LAA Implementation Task Group
7 local THIRD SECTOR Forums & BME SRP