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Understanding cultural commissioning

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Helping arts and culture organisations and public service commissioners get to grips with cultural commissioning.

About commissioning

If you or your organisation have not been involved in commissioning before, it can feel like a daunting process. Here are some general resources on what commissioning is (and isn’t), and to explain the terminology used.

What is commissioning? is a good place to start. This general Knowhow page includes a definition and link to general commissioning and procurement resources.

A clear explanation of the commissioning process

Understanding commissioning and procurement - Compact Voice, 2013 

A practical commissioning guide for local authorities

Commissioning for outcomes and co-production: a practical guide for local authorities - nef, 2014

The technical aspects of commissioning and procurement

Pathways through the maze: a guide to procurement law - National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA) and National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), 2010

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The cultural commissioning landscape

This page is aimed at helping arts and cultural organisations, and public service commissioners understand the various aspects of cultural commissioning

Better cultural commissioning

This page provides arts and cultural organisations, and public service commissioners with resources to support the commissioning process and achieve better outcomes

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