The Commissioning Academy was set up by the Cabinet Office in 2012 to bring together leading figures from local and central government, as well as other public sector organisations, to learn about new approaches to commissioning and drive innovation across the public sector.
The ultimate purpose of the Academy is to improve public service outcomes, while reducing cost, through better commissioning. LGiU was commissioned by the Cabinet Office to assess the impact of the programme so far.
LGiU surveyed alumni from the pilot and wave 1 of the Academy, which took place from 2012 to 2013. This was followed by a series of interviews with participants, in order to assess the impact of the programme in greater depth.