Third Sector Framework - Governance

The governance system for the Framework is as follows:

The Framework Board

This Board has overall responsibility for overseeing the management and continuing development of the Framework. The Board is not a legal entity and has no legal status in its own right.  Legal responsibility for decision-making instead resides with the bodies distributing the commissioning/funding opportunities through the Framework, i.e. the Council and the CCG. These 2 bodies  devolve decision-making powers to the Framework Board, as appropriate. 

Board members are drawn from the 4 Framework partners:

  • Nova Wakefield District
  • Young Lives Consortium Wakefield
  • Wakefield Council 
  • Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group

There is also representation from Locality on the board. The Board is chaired on a rotational basis by the 4 partner organisations. 

Although it has no intrinsic legal status, the Board operates to clear terms of reference set out in a memorandum of understanding. 

Key functions of the board include:
  • Ensuring the Framework is aligned with relevant commissioning/procurement strategies.
  • Ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness of the Framework and making any changes/upgrades to the Framework, as appropriate.
  • Overseeing the recruitment of Framework members across all 3 membership tiers.
  • Overseeing the annual membership review process.
  • Endorsing/signing off recommendations relating to funding allocations/awards.
  • Ensuring that Framework members have access to suitable capacity building support.
  • Analysing findings relating to the impact of the services that are commissioned/funded through the Framework.

To assist the work of the Board, 2 key panels have also been separately established.

1. Commissioning/Funding Panel

The purpose of this panel is to review bids from Framework members. It has representation from the relevant commissioning bodies (key procurement/funding personnel), as well as Nova and YLC as key third sector local infrastructure organisations. 

The panel makes recommendations on the commissions/funding to be awarded and these recommendations are then presented to the Board for sign off/ratification.

2. Impact Panel

The role of this panel is to evaluate the impact of the different projects/services commissioned through the Framework. 

To aid this evaluative function, the panel draws on relevant impact assessment tools, such as the Social Value Portal (an on-line portal that measures social impact according to the principles laid out within the Public Services [Social Value] Act) and the New Economy Manchester Cost Benefit Analysis tool (this is the tool used by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority [and much more widely] for measuring the value for money provided by an intervention, particularly in terms of the use of taxpayers’ money and the extent to which the intervention might generate savings and improved outcomes). Alongside this, the Impact Panel also deploys the Local Multiplier 3 (LM3) tool to measure the local multiplier effects generated through the Framework’s concerted focus on localism. 

As well as being made up of commissioners/funders and local infrastructure organisations, this panel has rotational representation from the different tiers of Framework membership, subject to suitable conflict of interest and mutual non-disclosure protocols being followed. Having direct representation from Framework members in this way contributes to the Framework remit to build the capacity of the sector, as it inevitably upskills the panel participants on what is involved in generating high level impact. 

Both panels report to the Framework Board and cross-fertilise with the Board by having some degree of shared representation. 

Both panels operate to clear and robust conflict of interest and mutual non-disclosure policies.

Outline of resultant Commissioning Process

The commissioning process is as follows:

  • Framework Board formulates commissioning/funding objectives in line with relevant strategies, policies and regulations
  • Representatives of different tiers of Framework membership are invited to participate in service co-design sessions 
  • Service co-design sessions take place
  • Service brief/specification is developed
  • Funding opportunity/service brief is disseminated across the Framework, with clear assessment/scoring criteria published
  • Commissioning/Funding Panel convenes to assess/score resultant bids and make recommendations for funding
  • Funding recommendations are presented to the Framework Board for sign off/ratification
  • Funding is awarded and delivery of services/projects commences
  • Formative and summative impact data is collected, collated and presented to Impact Panel for analysis
  • Impact Panel presents findings to Framework Board for review
  • Framework Board uses impact evaluation findings to inform future commissioning/funding objectives