Civil society and commissioning

The government is increasingly looking to the 'civil society' - the range of institutions which occupy the space between the State and the private sector (eg: local community and voluntary groups, registered charities, foundations, trusts and co-operatives) - to assist with the design and delivery of public services.

Since the government sets specific policy objectives in relation to the sector and provides public money to such organisations, the NAO has a responsibility to report on whether this expenditure has provided value for money in relation to the government's objectives.

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NAO briefing: Regulating charities: a landscape review

This paper draws together evidence on the current landscape of charity regulation and the charity sector more generally. It was prepared for the Public Administration Select Committee.

17 Jul 2012


Central government’s implementation of the national Compact

The Compact is a voluntary agreement that sets out shared principles for effective partnership working between the government and voluntary and civil society organisations in England.

9 Jan 2012

Decommissioning: How to decommission public services delivered by civil society organisations and maintain value for money

This guide provides practical advice on how to plan for and manage the decommissioning of public services delivered by civil society organisations (CSOs) and maintain value for money while doing so.

8 Jul 2011

Successful commissioning toolkit

The Successful Commissioning guide is useful for all commissioners, procurement officers and managers, and grants officers who work in local authorities and local health organisations, including in primary care trusts. Third sector organisations will find the tool useful in thinking about their involvement in delivering public services.

8 Mar 2010

Intelligent Monitoring – An element of: Financial Relationships with Third Sector Organisations

“Intelligent Monitoring” is the term we use for putting into practice the principles of good monitoring and for avoiding the pitfalls of poor practice in monitoring.

1 Jun 2009

Financial relationships with third sector organisations: A Decision Support Tool

The Decision Support Tool for public bodies in England provides practical support to officials who are involved in making, or advising on, ‘real-life’ decisions about the design of appropriate funding relationships with third sector organisations.  It takes into account such issues as programme objectives, funding channels, duration of award, full cost recovery, EU state aid […] Read more

8 Mar 2009

Intelligent Monitoring: guidance to help cut red tape for charitable, voluntary and community organisations

Our Intelligent Monitoring guidance will help focus time and money on key services.

8 Mar 2009

Building capacity in the third sector

Building the capacity of the Third Sector

“Frontline third sector organisations provide important services to the general public. ChangeUp has made good headway in improving support for these organisations while Futurebuilders loans have improved the potential of some to win public service contracts. But basic flaws in the administration of both programmes have reduced their beneficial impact to date. Value for money will depend on whether the steps now being taken successfully address these problems.”

6 Feb 2009

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16 Dec 2008

15 Sep 2008

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