Social Value – the key role of Commissioning and Procurement

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

GMSVN NEWSLETTER – JANUARY 2017

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

The Social Value Exchange: how a new innovation is breathing life into the Social Value Act

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

Measuring social impact ‘is like quicksilver in the hand’

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’