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Local Involvement Network (LINk) Host Commissioning in London: Local Authority, Host and VCS Experiences

This extended research study looked into the commissioning of Local Involvement Network (LINk) Host arrangements in Greater London. Views from Local Authorities, the appointed LINk Hosts, and the voluntary and community sector were collected through telephone interviews and online surveys. Comparison of London results was made with contract decisions in the rest of the UK covering a total of 113 local authorities appointments of LINk Hosts. The results have enabled the London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC) to prioritise their policy work in commissioning and procurement, and health and social care areas. Further work around the operation of the LINk Hosts may also be planned.

A copy of the report is available here.

Evidence of What Works in Tackling Young People NEET in London

This study for the GLA identified examples of successful practice in tackling young people who are not in education, employment, or training (NEET). The work involved a series of consultation interviews with key stakeholders, an extended literature review, and case study work in schools, and key delivery agencies. The published work has been used extensively by the GLA, and is also referenced by the Audit Commission as an example of good practice in the use of research information in policy development. Click here to download the Audit Commission report. A toolkit on good practice for extended schools to help prevent young people joining the NEET group was also produced.

The Specialist Sports College Network: how networking impacts on learning.

This national study for the Youth Sport Trust and the DfES Innovation Unit investigated the nature and impact of networking between specialist sports colleges. Using qualitative and quantitative research techniques the study developed video case study work in five schools and demonstrated the significant impacts that networking activity in the schools had upon teaching, learning and school improvement. A DVD of the five video case studies was distributed to over 300 specialist sports colleges across England.

National Review of Dance Education – Audit of Dance Provision in England’s Schools

This study for the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and the Youth Sport Trust (YST) was the first national audit of dance provision in schools in England. The work was commissioned to support the review of Dance education being conducted by the DCSF. The work involved a national online survey of schools to identify how dance teaching was staffed and resourced, and the numbers of pupils participating and the time allocated to this participation. Details of the review and the audit report can be viewed here.

Financial Inclusion for the Homeless: A Report on User Consultation

This study for the Friends Provident Foundation and the London Housing Foundation looked at homeless individuals experiences of financial exclusion and financial institutions. Using interviews in a range of settings – a day centre, hostel, and training centre – homeless people from a range of socio-economic and homeless backgrounds were interviewed. Results showed that further support is needed to help homeless people deal with financial institutions, and that those financial institutions need to understand the homeless better and work more closely with the sector. A copy of the report is available here.

Let’s Get the VCS In: Public Sector Commissioning

This scoping study for the London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC) looked at the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) experience of the commissioning of services by the public sector. A review of literature and government reviews of commissioning practice highlighted the many opportunities public sector commissioning presents for the VCS. It also showed that much development work is still required for the VCS and the public sector to better understand each other’s activities and delivery mechanisms, as well as the need for further developments required in improve commissioning practice and response across the public sector and the VCS. A copy of the report is available here.

Common Themes on Commissioning the VCS in Selected Local Authorities in Greater London

This study, developed from work for the LVSC, was commissioned by London Councils and ChangeUp and looks at the impact of commissioning voluntary and community groups to provide public services in six areas within London.  It focuses on developments in health and social care and highlights examples of good practice and common themes. A copy of the final report can be downloaded here.

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