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How can public authorities ensure social value imperatives are at the heart of commissioning local services?

How can they harness the power of local anchor institutions to enhance the economic and social wellbeing of local communities?

Do we measure what really matters when it comes to social value, and can we ensure public service is dedicated to social value, rather than delivering a small number of marginal, additional benefits?

This webinar features examples of ground-breaking work by London & South East Education Group (which has embedded social value measurement and management to maximise the wider benefits of education and community impact) and Oldham Council (where every council policy decision starts with consideration of local needs and social value). Watch the webinar here (more details below):

Held on Tuesday 19 October 2021, the webinar features:

  • 0 – 2:26 Introduction from Jonathan Bland, Managing Director, Social Business International
  • 2:26 An overview of social value: how it has developed over the past 30 years, what it can really mean – Julian Blake, Partner, Charity & Social Enterprise Team, Stone King
  • 18:32 Social value in Oldham, including a commissioning approach which explicitly values the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector – Rebekah Sutcliffe, Strategic Director of Communities & Reform, Oldham Council
  • 35:54 Joining-up agendas to maximise the wider benefits of education and community impact – and quantifying, measuring and managing social value – Louise Wolsey, Chief Transformation Officer, London & South East Education Group
  • 47:03 how and why L&SEEG mapped its approach to social value and chose particular frameworks (including how it mapped its approach against this toolkit’s Five Fundamental Correctives) – Andrew Cox, Group Director of Strategic Growth & Partnerships, London Southeast Colleges
  • 1:02:31 Reflections from Malcolm McClean, Business Development Manager, PossAbilities CIC (a Rochdale-based social enterprise) “If you must use quantification, find some ways to encourage creativity and serendipity….these are the things that make the magic of social value happen.”
  • 1:15:01 Panel discussion and addressing questions from attendees including technical details about the use of procurement regimes

The webinar demonstrates social value doesn’t need to be (and shouldn’t be) driven and dominated by process. Purpose and social value can and should be starting points and there are extensive benefits to public authorities and communities by taking this approach.

Our toolkit seeks to help users make this happen. It is a step-by-step guide to realising purpose-alignment and making it work for local communities, so please look around via the links below, send your questions through this email and get involved.

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