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Apologies were received from Mr Baldock, Mr Chard, Mr Cowan and Mr Pearman.
1. Olivia Crill (Transformation Manager) provided an overview of the continuing work to implement the recommendation of the Select Committee since the Executive approved the ‘Better Outcomes, Changing lives, Adding value’ report. The key areas of progress included the following;
- Strategic Statement: Making the best use of resources to achieve desired outcomes. The Statement indicates what outcomes are being sought. This development had been well received by staff and partner agencies, attracting greater attention than previous strategic updates (4000+ views on Knet).
- Commissioning Framework: Outlines a consistent approach to commissioning to ensure that KCC may achieve the benefits across all services. The Framework has since been supported by the Commissioning Toolkit and Commissioning Network. These provided guidance for practical application of the Commissioning Principles and allowed for the sharing of best practice, joint problem solving and combined expertise.
- Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise (VCSE) Policy had been out for consultation, the results of which were being considered. Work was ongoing to support the Arts & Cultural Commissioning toolkit that would assist VCSE bodies in commissioning and bidding preparation.
- Training developed on Commissioning and Contract Management. A two day intensive course for staff had been trialled as a pilot, with updates and minor alterations expected before full roll-out.
- Ongoing Member training on Commissioning had been delivered.
- Commissioning Advisory Board: Cross-party meeting implemented to involve a wider group of Members in considering Commissioning processes, specific contracts and services with their recommendations submitted to the relevant Cabinet Members. This Board had successfully involved Members in the Commissioning process, as per the recommendation of the Select Committee’s report. This had been welcomed by Members and Officers alike, particularly in respect of the closer working relationship it had fostered. Longer term Member involvement in the Commissioning process was being considered by CAB, to eventually contribute to an agreed process later in 2015.
- Joined up Commissioning: New approach delivered to encourage co-design co-production of services through commissioning, achieving greater consistency across the organisation and improving awareness and confidence of staff now dealing with Commissioning.
- Ongoing work to better ensure Social Value Return on investment through the development of improvemed measuring processes and contract performance reviews (focusing on outcomes).
2. Lydia Jackson provided a further update on progress with the VCSE Policy, explaining that it should be understood that VCSE bodies do not just provide services; they also play a key role in communities, often assisting in ensuring that Social Value objectives are met appropriately. She explained that a Grant Framework had been developed that sought to ensure a consistent approach to grants with improved understanding of their appropriate uses, ideally linked to KCC’s corporate and strategic objectives. The Framework would provide guidance on accessing funding and professional support to assist with the bidding process. It was confirmed that Policy and Resources Committee would be considering the final draft of the VCSE Policy once it has ... view the full minutes text for item 29.