Capturing and demonstrating the value and benefits of your services – Invitation to #dpulo

This information was recently published by Inclusion London. I’m replicating it below, though substituting “DPULOs” for “DDPO” so it’s consistent with the terminology used in previous posts.

Now more than ever DPULOs need to evidence the value and benefits they bring to the services and contracts they deliver.

Earlier this year Inclusion London commissioned the Office of Public Management (OPM) to develop an easy to use, accessible ‘added-value’ tool kit that would help DPULOs demonstrate to funders and commissioners the value and benefits they bring to service delivery.

The first phase of this project is coming to an end – a bespoke added-value tool kit has been developed and tested by 6 London Deaf and disabled peoples’ organisations.

We now have successfully secured funding to roll out the toolkit to a further group of London DPULOs. DPULOs chosen will receive free training and support to use the toolkit and will, by the end of the project, have:

  • Produced a case study, using the toolkit, that demonstrates the value and benefits of your services that can be used when applying for funding or contracts
  • Understand the different ways you can best demonstrate your value to funders and commissioners
  • Be able to use the toolkit across a range of your services and work

Inclusion London would like to invite your organisation to express an interest in taking part in the second phase of this project.

If you are interested please email your details to Closing date for expression of interest: 17 December 2012. Work with DPULOs chosen will begin in January 2013.


Preferential treatment for #dpulo (and others) in procurement – good to see

It was great to read this in the Liverpool Echo:

Liverpool council will adopt the pioneering approach when it evaluates bids for contracts.

The aim is to put extra emphasis on using socially responsible contractors and suppliers when procuring the £270m budget for buying in goods and services from third parties.

The council said value for money and the ability of a company to deliver the contract will still be the most important factors.

But additional consideration will now be given to organisations with a smaller gap between the highest and lowest paid staff (pay multiple).

Social enterprises which plough their profits back in to developing the business and firms which can demonstrate clear local benefits will also be favoured.

That is, Liverpool Council has said that it will actively prefer providers that add social value to the city of Liverpool in the way they deliver services.

This is good news. I’ve written a lot about the added value that organisations like DPULOs, mutuals, social enterprises and voluntary sector organisations bring, and it’s great to see a Council formally recognise this in its procurement process.

Way to go, Liverpool. Let’s see lots of your local authority colleagues follow suit!

(If anyone has any other examples of this type of thing, please let me know.)