Locality believe that by commissioning local community organisations to provide local services, councils can create better, more responsive services and build a fairer, more resilient local economy.
They have been working in Bradford, Bristol, Calderdale, Dorset, Hackney and Shropshire, to find out how local authorities and community organisations can work together to create a better local commissioning environment.
Their report, Powerful Communities, Strong Economies, sets out the key findings from their action research, based around a co-produced Keep it Local: Economic Resilience Framework.
They have now launched a series of guides which set out how to put this approach into practice. The guides are aimed at community organisations, councillors, and commissioners, and provide practical advice on how to tackle the barriers identified in the research and keep services with local providers.
The series includes the Keep it Local Guide for Community Organisations, which shows how to use the Keep it Local: Economic Resilience Framework to measure an organisation’s impact on the local economy. It includes a 10 step guide to measuring and improving impact, and a practical toolkit produced by NEF Consulting.