The King’s Fund was commissioned by the Department of Health to conduct research that would explore how and why clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and local authorities chose to engage with the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector. This report first sets out the methodology we used and then presents our findings on the factors that underpin the adoption of different approaches. We discuss how commissioners’ perceptions of their own strategic role, as well as their views on what role the VCSE sector plays in the local area, appear to exert a strong influence on commissioning decisions.
This is a small-scale piece of research that we hope will make a helpful contribution to the debate initiated by the Joint VCSE Review (Department of Health et al 2016) and other initiatives such as the work of the Health and Wellbeing Alliance, the Office for Civil Society’s Public Service Programme and the report of the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities.
Click here to read the report.