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Public Service Community Partnerships can be initiated by a public authority or through an approach by an innovative social enterprise to a public authority offering a new solution. At their core is an alignment around public benefit – we call this “purpose-alignment” – and other common shared values and themes.

They harness the power of social enterprises and other public benefit organisations to achieve positive outcomes for people and communities.

They are especially relevant for addressing complex issues and the creation of services to meet people’s needs. They are a vehicle to put social value at the heart of your commissioned service.

Examples include our three core case studies within this toolkit:

  • Leicestershire’s Children’s Innovation Partnership (CIP) between Leicestershire County Council (LCC) and Barnardo’s. This partnership has enabled the co-design and delivery of services to address failing areas in Looked After Children (LAC) services. Full case study.

  • Oldham’s Social Prescribing Innovation Partnership. The project has generated quantifiable reductions in GP appointments, A&E attendances and non-elective bed days, and wider benefits. Case study.

  • Plymouth’s Alliance, a systems-based approach to supporting people with complex needs through an Alliance Contract involving seven different member organisations (social enterprises and charities) in partnership with the council. Case study.

Find further examples on our case study page, which we’ll continue to update.

Partnerships may come about through the adaptation of a standard procurement procedure, can be outside of procurement regulations or may use the the special procurement vehicle of the innovation partnership procedure.

You will find multiple paths through the content and practical resources within this guide. Follow the menus, sub-menus and category links on each page to find the sections which are of most relevance to you.

This toolkit is for public authorities, purpose-aligned partners and social investors. It’s not a linear document to read in a particular order from start to finish. Instead, we see it as a living and working guide. We’ll continue to add further examples to illustrate the guidance here. We invite toolkit users to play an active role in supporting the development of these resources.

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Tools, Resources and Model Documents

Example documentation, contracts, processes and agreements you can access – or use as a checklist as you progress your partnerships. These practical models and outlines include a set of social value imperatives.

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