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With shrinking public sector budgets, authorities are must reform public services and purchase with greater efficiency and sustainability. Positive outcomes must be maximised whilst avoiding unintended consequences.

Many authorities are now asking us:

  • How can we better understand what communities value and makes a difference to them?
  • How can we allocate resources to the best combination of projects and services?
  • If £1 is spent on buying goods, works or services, can that same £1 also be used to produce a wider benefit to the community and society without adding cost?
  • In response we have developed a one-day training session for Public Sector Commissioning and Procurement staff on Social Value in Commissioning.

During this training day you will learn:

  • How to make judgements about value
  • How to improve your definition and measurement of outcomes
  • How to maximise social value by acting throughout the commissioning cycle

Upcoming dates include:

  • Wednesday 13 June 2012 – The Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh (full day)
  • Thursday 5 July 2012 – EVH, Glasgow (full day)

Attendance at the Social Value in Commissioning training programme is currently free to public sector commissioners and procurement professionals in Scotland as part of the Scottish Government’s ‘Developing markets for the Third Sector programme’.

Find out more here.

To book your place at upcoming events please contact Jennifer Fleming at Social Value Lab at or on 0141 352 7419.

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