Pinning down social impact

A round table event hosted by RSM and Local Government Chronicle

On June 4, just weeks before the new post-election government announced their summer Budget, RSM, along with Local Government Chronicle hosted a round table event to ‘pin down’ social impact.

The event was hosted by RSM’s Sarita Adams; Paul Brown (also Chief Executive of Greenwich Primary Care Collaborative CIC); Matt Humphrey; and Keith Ward, along with Keith Cooper of LGC who chaired the roundtable. Our guests included: Dave Burton, programme director for liaison and diversion, NHS England; Jessica Crowe, executive head of customers, commissioning and governance, Sutton LBC; Kirsten van den Hout, senior associate, Social Business International; Peter Moore, head of commissioning and partnerships, Sefton MBC; Paul Stock, chief executive, Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire; and Rob Whiteman, chief executive, Cipfa.

The session raised some important points, in particular, irrespective of the Budget announcements, councils along with other agencies and organisations will have to continue to ensure that what resources they do have on the ground, their influence via commissioning, or through their leader-of-place role, are delivering the maximum impact for their communities. Part of this, of course, will be about leveraging as much value as possible through all commissioning and procurement activities.

All attendees at the round table event agreed there is now a growing imperative for all those operating in the not for profit sector to be measuring and evaluating the social return and the social impact of their commissioning and procurement decisions and therefore demonstrate real value for money and value to the public.