Leading by Standing Back: s even habits of more effective commissioners . Matthew Pike March 28 th 2012 . Letting Go: Holding On.
"..the skill we lack …is…understanding how to let go, to get somebody else to deliver where we specify the results we are after, then work with those suppliers.. to make sure the incentive structure is right and we are all working together to deliver better public services in the end."
Gus O’Donnell – outgoing Head of Her Majesty’s Civil Service
“Commissioning is the strategic activity of identifying need, allocating resources and procuring a provider to best meet that need, within available means.”
“Commissioning is all about the most effective and efficient way of using all the available resources to improve the outcomes for …………………..”
* Quality assured, verified, made consistent with open data standards, rated for information quality, evidence and outcomes achieved and subjected to both routine and bespoke value for money analysis
Local providers have great insight into what works best for different target groups. They are also more likely to find ways of working together to offer a coherent service than Local Authorities.
Need for investment, capacity / shared services, innovation in business models