Skills for Care (SfC) New Types of Worker programme wanted to help third sector organisations make the leap from using development grants to sustainable funding, in other words for commissioners to buy the services they provided at a price which enabled them to continue to provide the service. I ran a 4 month programme in the North East, due to be repeated in other regions, which brought some of the most difficult innovation together with local authority, health and charity service commissioners. Projects included
We took a decision right at the start to help the most difficult, and so we rejected any projects which already had a clear case for funding.
We took these four through a process of coaching to understand what commissioners would be looking for, what they needed to identify about their service, and how they could demonstrate the benefits they had identified (including measurement and reporting). It proved successful, and the enclosed reports "Commissioning Innovation" (PDF 676kb), and "For Innovators seeking Funding" (PDF 576kb), can be downloaded from the Skills for Care web site.
The charities are doing well - the individual projects are properly funded, and much of the learning has been applied in other areas of each charity.