Public Service Commissioning

Remaking the stateBackground

Commissioning is one of the most discussed issues in our regional CEO forums. Members report unfair and opaque commissioning that is focused on a race to the bottom line.

ACEVO’s priority is to build on the work we did in Remaking the state and Free society in order to create a commissioning framework that a) places the citizen at the heart of the decision and b) does not unfairly disadvantage third sector organisations.

Our Vision

Commissioning decisions should be made in consultation with both third sector providers and service users. The commissioning process should allow sufficient time for collaborative submissions and social value should be considered. Equal value should be placed on prevention and provision of acute services.


The recent House of Lords select committee on charities made several recommendations around commissioning. Read our blog on these here.

In 2015, we published Remaking the state, a manifesto for a better system of public services. Read more about this here.

In 2016, our report Coming in from the cold looked at youth loneliness in London through the scope of the services delivered to young people and the need for an increased focus on prevention. You can read more about this here.

We carried out a long term project looking at the commissioning of services for individuals with learning difficulties and/or autism. You can read more about this project here.