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This guidance shares its useful links with the Successful Commissioning Guide, which can be found at the link below:

Successful Commissioning Guide: Useful links


NAO guidance

NAO: Decision Support Tool

NAO: Intelligent Monitoring

NAO: Working with the Third Sector

Other guidance

BIS Prompt Payment Guidance for Public Sector Organisations

BIS: How the State Aid rules impact upon funding for the delivery of Public Services including Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI) (pdf – 201KB)

Civil Service: Magenta Book – Guidance notes for Policy Evaluation and Analysis (pdf – 3112KB)

Commission for the Compact: Commissioning Guidance (pdf – 1237KB)

Commission for the Compact: Local Compacts

Commission for the Compact: The Compact (pdf – 294KB)

Commission for the Compact: The Compact and Procurement Law FAQs (pdf – 921KB)

Ernst & Young LLP and Frontier Economics Ltd: Understanding health care markets: a PCT guide to market analysis and market management (pdf – 453KB)

HM Treasury / NAO / OGC / Cabinet Office: Improving Financial Relationships with the Third Sector: Guidance to Funders and Purchasers (pdf – 696KB)

HM Treasury: Managing Public Money

HM Treasury: Managing risk with delivery partners

HM Treasury: Regularity, Propriety and Value for Money

HM Treasury: The Orange Book – Management of Risk – Principles and Concepts (pdf – 473KB)

IDeA: Manager’s Guide to Procurement

IFF Research Ltd: Third Sector Market Mapping – research report for the Department of Health (pdf – 1275KB)

NAVCA and NCVO: Pathways Through The Maze – a guide to procurement law

NEF: Camden Sustainable Commissioning Model

NHS: Principles and rules for Cooperation and Competition (pdf – 139KB)

NHS: World Class Commissioning competencies

NHS: World Class Commissioning: Achieving the Competencies

Office of the Third sector: Social Return On Investment guidance (pdf – 2430KB)

OGC: EU Procurement Thresholds

OGC: Introduction to Public Procurement

OGC: Procurement Policy

Treasury Solicitor’s Department: The Judge Over Your Shoulder (pdf – 353KB)


ACEVO – Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations

Audit Commission

CIPFA – Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy

Commission for the Compact

Committee on Standards in Public Life

Communities and Local Government

Compact Voice

Competition Commission

Department of Health

Funding Central

HM Treasury

IDeA – the Improvement & Development Agency

Local Government Association

NAVCA – National Association for Voluntary and Community Action

NCVO – National Council for Voluntary organisations

OGC – Office for Government Commerce

Office of the Third Sector

Social Enterprise Coalition

SROI Network