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Update on social sector commissioning

September 04, 2020 at 12:32 PM

From the NZFVC

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) and Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children have jointly published a paper on work related to social sector commissioning.

MSD, Oranga Tamariki, the Social Wellbeing Agency and other government agencies have been working with representatives of non-government organisations and the philanthropic sector to look at how commissioning in the social sector could be improved.

The paper, Social Sector Commissioning: Principles, Progress and Next Steps (2020) outlines work so far and what's next. It defines commissioning as the activities that need to be done through third-party providers to ensure people, whānau and communities who need support, get the support they need. Those activities can include planning, engagement, funding, procurement, monitoring and evaluation.

The paper outlines six principles for social sector commissioning:

  • Individuals, families, whānau and communities exercise choice
  • Māori-Crown partnerships are at the heart of effective commissioning
  • The sector works together locally, regionally and nationally
  • The sector is sustainable
  • Decisions and actions are taken transparently
  • The sector is always learning and improving

For each principle, the paper provides an overview and identifies what the principle means for providers and communities as well as government. It also gives a brief overview of good practice at different stages in the commissioning process.

It concludes with 10 key actions that will be progressed in the short term.

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Category: Government