Policy and comment

The Civil Society Strategy

NAVCA's submission to the government's recent Civil Society Strategy listening exercise was based on wide consultation with members.


You can read our full response and the letter we sent to the Minister, Tracey Crouch, here.

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Reports, publications and data

Commissioner Perspectives on Working with the VCSE Sectors

The King’s Fund was commissioned by the Department of Health to conduct research that would explore how and why clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and local authorities chose to engage with the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector. This report first sets out the methodology used and then presents  findings on the factors that underpin the adoption of different approaches. The report's authors discuss how commissioners’ perceptions of their own strategic role, as well as their views on what role the VCSE sector plays in the local area, appear to exert a strong influence on commissioning decisions. 

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Future Proofing: Britain in the 2020s

Brexit is the firing gun on a decade of disruption. As the UK negotiates its new place in the world, an accelerating wave of economic, social and technological change will reshape the country, in often quite radical ways. In this report, the IPPR sets out five powerful trends that will drive change in the 2020s. 

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Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society

The report of the House of Lords Select Committee on the future of charities.

A Whole New World: Funding and commissioning in complexity

If the current political context teaches us anything, it is that we are in complex times. Complexity of need is increasing and old certainties about the role of state, economy  and society are being thrown into question.  Our assumptions about what people want,  need and aspire to, are changing. Our places are recognised as complex systems, influenced by many but controlled by none.


Report published by Collaborate 

Improving Commissioning through a VCSE Single Point of Contact

This report describes the SPOC model, how it works, the value it can bring and 

the critical elements of a successful SPOC. It also provides examples of where a 

SPOC is already allowing people to benefit from improved commissioning

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