Principles met

  • We will develop systems that enable citizens to be equal partners in designing and commissioning public services and in determining the use of public resources.
  • We will embrace innovation in how we work with local communities to drive positive change.
  • We will capture and ‘expand’ the experience and learning from individual projects and approaches in order to encourage broader application of co-operative principles within individual member Councils and across the Network.

We have worked with GMCA to develop a bespoke training programme, the Commissioning Academy for Manchester. We have so far run six cohorts each consisting of over 30 individuals. GMCA focused on bringing together public sector partners from across the area to deliver the GM devolution deal. GM particularly wanted the Academies to use local speakers wherever possible and to reflect local good practice through the use of case studies. As part of this custom design, groups carried out “organisational raids” related to their challenge projects / 100-day plan topics. We also employed Open Space methodologies to enable participants to share their own learning and expertise.  

Participating commissioners have come from the health, social care and police agencies. We helped local commissioners share good practice and develop their professional skills and innovation in order to deliver robust improvements in social outcomes for the people of Greater Manchester.

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