What is commissioning?

This week I’ll be chairing a workshop on commissioning public services featuring myself and Helen Sullivan from the Melbourne School of Government and Robin Miller and Catherine Mangan from the University of Birmingham in the UK.  Whilst commissioning is a newer concept to Australia, the UK has been experimenting with various different aspects of a commissioning approach for about 20 years.

In this week’s workshop we will be exploring what commissioning is and what the evidence base says about the effectiveness of this concept and how best to go about commissioning public services.  I am also just finishing up a working paper for the Melbourne School of Government which should be published soon on this topic.

Working on the report and getting ready for this week’s workshop I was reminded of this video clip that I was involved in last year.  In this clip Dr Mark Booth from the Australian Department of Health, Dr Judith Smith from the Nuffield Trust and myself discuss commissioning with PHCRIS Director Professor Ellen McIntyre.




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