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Contracting out Employment-related Services Welfare Reform Debate 26 June 2008 Steve Davies Cardiff School of Social Sciences.

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1 Contracting out Employment-related Services Welfare Reform Debate 26 June 2008 Steve Davies Cardiff School of Social Sciences

2 UK Govt Model of public sector reform

3 Innovative, high quality service Close to clients Altruistic Address social cohesion Promote civic renewal

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5 The voluntary sector is the weapon of choice for those engaged in the ongoing battle over public service reform.

6 Performance – behind the hype More cost effective Better performing More effective in dealing with the hardest to help More innovative Able to spend more time with clients

7 Performance contrast: JCP-led and Private Sector-led (PSL) ATs for Jobs Provider% of job entry targets met % of outcomes from non-JSA customers (Target 70%) PSL7869 JCP-led14076 Review of Action Teams for Jobs, Jo Casebourne, Sara Davis and Rosie Page, Research Report 328, IES for DWP, 2006, p 4.

8 …there is no conclusive evidence that the private sector outperforms the public sector on current programmes... Evidence-based policy

9 …while there is no conclusive evidence that the private sector outperforms the public sector on current programmes, there are clear potential gains from contesting services, bringing in innovation with a different skill set, and from the potential to engage with groups who are often beyond the reach of the welfare state. Evidence-based policy?

10 Just like that?


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