POLICY: PwC and ACEVO release report on partnerships between social enterprises and private organisations
18 May 2009
PricewaterhouseCoopers, with the assistance of ACEVO, has published a report on partnerships and the provision of public services. PwC commissioned Opinion Leader to conduct an independent survey of 100 board level executives of social enterprises (provided by ACEVO) and private sector organisations in February/March 2009. The aim of the survey was to understand how to maximise the positive impact of the third sector on public service delivery, and examine the views towards partnerships between the sectors as one route to delivery of this agenda.
Key report findings on partnerships include:
- Two thirds (66%) of all respondents believe that partnering will be important to the growth of the third sector and that partnerships will bring benefits for public service delivery.
- Private sector respondents are more inclined (66%) than social enterprise respondents to anticipate developing partnerships with social enterprises in the future and to perceive benefits for their own organisations from such partnerships.
- The greatest barriers to partnerships are a lack of understanding between the sectors (86%) and a lack of ability among commissioning organisations to measure social return (85%).
- The primary changes advocated to break down those barriers are: closer contact and dialogue between the sectors (32%), collaborative working (20%), strong central government leadership (18%) and access to investment finance (71%).
The survey findings also revealed strong support for helping grow the third sector through policy interventions to enable social enterprises to compete more effectively, particularly through: improved commissioning procedures (90%); greater government emphasis on the third sector’s contribution (88%) and supporting the third sector in attracting talented people (85%). The survey also revealed a notable divergence between the private sector and the third sector in some of their opinions regarding partnerships.