The third sector as public service providers

Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) and the Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO), University of Bristol

22 October 2012

Held at NCVO, 8 All Saints Street, London N1 9RL

Many changes are being made to the way public services are delivered. The new contracting landscape may be creating opportunities for some but is causing great upheaval for others.

What are the benefits – and potential risks – associated with open public services? How can organisations negotiate this landscape? How can they deliver successful, properly funded, services? How can they ensure positive contracting and subcontracting relationships?

At this seminar, researchers from TSRC and CMPO discussed third sector involvement in key areas of public service delivery – including the work programme, health and social care, and legal advice. 

They explored the benefits of third sector service delivery, as well as the impact of this agenda on third sector organisations. 

An expert discussion panel was held with representatives from the Department for Communities and Local Government, Salvation Army, the Public Management and Policy Association, Local Trust and the London Borough of Lambeth.

A publication based on these discussions (pdf)  has been produced in partnership with the Economic and Social Research Council.

This is part of a series of seminar publications produced in collaboration with ESRC.