On 1 March CLES and Manchester City Council launched 'The Power of Procurement II: the policy and practice of Manchester City Council 10 years on'. Some of the key achievements include: Direct spend through procurement into the Manchester economy has increased from 51.5% in 2008/09 to 73.6% in 2015/16; with spending across wards diversifying; Spend … Continue reading Progressing procurement processes and practice in Manchester
The Greater Manchester Social Value Network (GMSVN) is a network of organisations which seeks to influence stakeholders, policy and strategy at the Greater Manchester level around social value. GMSVN believes that social value should be at the heart of Mayoral priorities in Greater Manchester moving forward and has therefore submitted the below message to all mayoral … Continue reading Messages for Greater Manchester Mayoral candidates
Emma Back has written a great blog for Social Value UK on the importance of start-ups setting out social value measurement from day one. "The various tools and stages of social value fit very naturally into the chronology of starting a business." Read the blog in full on the Social Value UK website.
Alan Kay from the Social Audit Network writes about language relating to social accounting, social impact, impact measurement, impact management... and cuttlefish. Read the article in full on the Social Audit Network website.
An update on Manchester City Council's creation of social value through procurement activity: Over the course of the last ten years, Manchester City Council has been at the forefront of progressive policy and practice around procurement. With an annual spend of over £600million, Manchester City Council has sought to ensure that every procurement decision it … Continue reading The Importance of Social Value
Matthew Jackson is the Chair of GMSVN and the Deputy Chief Executive of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) At the Greater Manchester Social Value Network (GMSVN) we are seeking to ensure that social value is embedded in everything that Greater Manchester as a place does. That means social value being at the heart … Continue reading Social Value – the key role of Commissioning and Procurement
This newsletter describes the ongoing work of GMSVN to develop the network and some of the key wider activities currently going on around social value in Greater Manchester. Please contact us if you have news of interest to other members of the network to include in future newsletters. GMSVN Website The website provides: information about … Continue reading GMSVN NEWSLETTER – JANUARY 2017
Tom Worley from Corporate Citizenship writes about the importance of being able to demonstrate your impact. Read the blog in full on the Corporate Citizenship website.
This blog by Tom Symons and Dan Ebanks at Nesta explores how innovations in procurement can change the relationship between procurement and innovation, in turn allowing greater innovation in the delivery of services. It also describes a new approach - Firesouls’ Social Value Exchange, a platform that helps government suppliers win tenders by making a … Continue reading The Social Value Exchange: how a new innovation is breathing life into the Social Value Act
Anne Lythgoe, Salford City Council and Social Audit Network I was at a conference recently about the future of Volunteering where discussion arose about how to measure its impact. Representatives from volunteering organisers complained about the problem of commissioners expecting longitudinal measurement of the social impact of volunteering, when this is something that varies and … Continue reading Measuring social impact ‘is like quicksilver in the hand’