Commissioning for Outcomes and Co-production

Photo credit: Nick Page.

Photo credit: Nick Page.

Training workshops for those working together to deliver better outcomes for people and communities

Commissioning for Outcomes and Co-production is an approach that involves working collaboratively with local people and providers to maximise the value created by public spending across social, environmental and economic outcomes (the triple bottom line).

Balancing budgets and ensuring that local people are more involved in the design and delivery of better quality services is the new imperative for local government.  The New Economics Foundation (NEF) has been working on implementing these ideas in local government and the NHS for almost a decade. We have now condensed this knowledge and practical guidance into a one-day workshop.

For those in local authorities responsible for commissioning and procurement will learn how to develop new ways of delivering services that:

  • Deliver improved outcomes.
  • Make better use of scarce resources.
  • Promote community wellbeing.

Charities, community organisations and others will learn how to work with public sector commissioners to deliver better outcomes for people and communities.

“Excellent, inspiring and well researched’’

Participants will be in a better position to maximise the value from public money across the social, environmental and economic bottom-line. They will be able to co-produce support to meet people’s needs, helping them to achieve their aspirations and promoting high wellbeing.

The content of the masterclasses was originally developed in partnership with Lambeth, Cornwall and Islington councils.  Each workshop includes sections on the theory, practice and methods used by NEF and its partner councils, as well as bespoke learning opportunities directed by the participants.

Topics covered include:

  • Introducing co-production: theory, practice and methods.
  • Introducing outcomes-based commissioning.
  • Introducing wellbeing, and the different ways in which the concept can be applied.
  • Methods for developing co-production and gathering insight; for example: appreciative inquiry, peer research, co-design, asset mapping.
  • Tendering for outcomes including examples of procurement documentation, using the outcomes framework, and co-producing the tender process.
  • Monitoring and evaluating outcomes.

What you will learn

The key objective is that participants will go away feeling confident that they can implement the approach themselves, with the support and guidance from the facilitators and their group peers. For this reason, the programme will have a particular focus on practical elements providing real life examples, resources and materials.

Who should attend

Assistant directors, commissioners, policy officers and anyone else with, or working with those who have, responsibility for commissioning and purchasing services.

Also…New half-day briefing for leaders and senior decision makers on outcomes based commissioning and co-production

See our Executive Briefings for more information

Who will be running the workshop?

PreviouslyHelen Sharp Strategic Commissioning Manager at Lambeth Council, Helen Sharp works with NEF Consulting on delivery of our training for local authorities .

Helen was a consultant and trainer for five years before moving into commissioning. She was responsible for the commissioning of play and targeted services for children and young people in Lambeth.

Helen has worked in partnership with the New Economics Foundation and other local authorities to develop and implement outcomes-based commissioning, co-production, asset based interventions and other new approaches as a part of her role. For more information click here.

Graham has spearheaded a strategic drive to apply market-leading methodologies for social impact assessment  to a wide range of applications, from national and international charities to public authorities and corporate reporting.

Graham directed the development of the total contribution approach for The Crown Estate to value the economic, social and environmental contribution that the business delivers to the UK.

Graham developed and delivered the Mayor of London’s Green Procurement Code and major projects for CIPS (the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply), Defra and WRAP (the Waste and Resources Action Programme). For more information click here.

Dates, venue and cost

  • 22 January,2019 – London. Book here by  3 January.

Prices for courses

Standard price £295

Registered charity price £245

*All courses are subject to U.K. VAT

Fee includes refreshments and lunch, as well as training materials.


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“It was one of the best training sessions I’ve attended in recent years, really interesting content and I liked the mix between didactic and interactive sessions.”  – Dr Tom Porter, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Public Health Wales

“Excellent, inspiring and well researched’’

“Good mix of content sessions and practical exercises’’

“I have a far better understanding of the practicalities of applying outcomes within commissioning’’

“The course answered some fundamental and technical questions about implementing co-production’’

“Lots of food for thought…Change the world!”

“The implementation aspects  and  examples of social and community frameworks were really helpful”

“Extremely helpful. I will be applying it to a large scale commissioning project which I believe will make a huge difference going forward to people’s lives!”

NEF has published a practical guide, Commissioning for Outcomes and Co-production aimed at local authorities. NEF’s approach to commissioning provides a framework, a set of principles and practical guidance to re-assess how services are currently provided. It can help to re-focus services on the outcomes that really matter to those who are intended to benefit from them.  The practical guide sets out the core ideas and how to put them  into practice. For more information click here.