NPC produces high quality, independent research into the charity sector. Our reports explore how charities and funders are tackling the UK’s social problems and share lessons and practical insights.

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Times of change: Briefing on public sector commissioning

Public sector commissioning is a reality for many charities, and is therefore a significant part of the funding landscape that other funders need to understand. This briefing, originally prepared for the trustees of the Henry Smith Charity, outlines the issues grant-makers and philanthropists should consider.

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The Best Medicine? The importance of relationships for health and wellbeing

This joint research from NPC and Relate finds that good quality relationships matter for our health and wellbeing and can improve health outcomes; but long-term health conditions can also have a significant impact on our relationships. For relationships to be assets to our health and wellbeing they need to be resilient and robust, and so policy should reflect this by giving due attention to the importance of relationships in the health system.

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Reforming the relationship

The new European Directive on public procurement seeks ‘a better integration of social and environmental considerations in the procurement procedures’. Certain changes have been widely publicised, but many may not be aware of the extent of its impact on the ability of purchasers to take social and environmental issues into account—nor of the implications for charitable organisations when bidding for public contracts. This briefing aims to prepare both parties for the opportunities it offers.

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Analysis of CCG contracts data

NPC has analysed data on 3,494 contracts awarded by Clinical Commissioning Groups between April 2013 and August 2014. The data shows the distribution of contracts between NHS providers, private companies, charities and social enterprises.

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