The public services commissioning landscape is undergoing substantial changes;
Budgets are tighter than they have ever been, and maintaining public confidence and positive perceptions is a constant challenge – one that needs to be managed if initiatives are to be delivered successfully and on time.
Positive social and environmental outcomes are a strong motivator in decision making
There are many terms used to describe these outcomes; “sustainability”, “social value” or “social and environmental impact; it’s all about the same thing – delivering over and above the core service. For example, creating additional jobs, enhancing skills, and reducing homelessness, to name just a few.
Following The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 coming into force, health, social care and public services providers are under increasing pressure to prove how their services can contribute to economic, social and environmental well-being. In other words, they need to prove that they are committed to creating long-term positive outcomes, in addition to delivering the contracted service(s).