NPC launching survey on new commissioning landscape

New Philanthropy Capital is launching a survey which will attempt to build a picture of how charities are coping with new, more complex and competitive commissioning arrangements, such as payment-by-results.

The survey will be carried out with the UK’s top 750 charities, based on earned income. It will ask how reliant they are on government funding, whether new types of contracts like payment-by-results are on the increase, and if they are finding themselves subcontracting to deliver services for the first time.

The survey will also analyse charities’ relationships with commissioners, and whether, in order to cope, charities have had to cut staff numbers or use their reserves.

The survey launches this week, and is being sponsored by Zurich.

Dan Corry, chief executive of NPC says: “There is no doubt that this is a time of huge change in the charity sector. Charities are telling us that reforms to public services and cuts to government spending are bringing new pressures, changing the way they work and affecting their ability to help people they care about.

“But while we see potential trends, we don’t really know how much organisations are actually being affected. It is for this reason we are launching a survey to find out how charities are coping, how they reacting to changes and the impact it is having so far on them, their staff and the people they help.

“With these results we can all start to have informed conversations with government and big contractors.”

This article has been taken from www.civilsociety.co.uk – http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/finance/news/content/11492/npc_launches_survey_on_new_commissioning_landscape