Public Social Partnerships

Public Social Partnerships


The Scottish Government funded a programme to develop 10 public-social-partnerships in Scotland between 2009 and 2011. These partnerships (known as PSPs for short) build on the Italian concept of co-planning. 


They take place in three stages, Third Sector organisations work with public sector purchasers to design a service. A consortia of third sector organisations deliver the service as a short-term pilot, helping to refine the service as this proceeds to maximise community benefit. The service, which has therefore been designed using service users and which has been developed to maximise community benefit is then tendered for longer term delivery Public Social Partnership Guidance. A new guidance document on Public Social Partnerships was launched on 8 July 2011


This Guidance is the product of a two-year Scottish Government contract to pilot a range of approaches to improving the co-production of public and community services centred around the needs of the user. The public-social partnership approach can enable an approach to be tested out prior to full delivery, this ensures appropriate and more efficient delivery. 


The approach provides significant opportunity for Scotland’s third sector to play a positive part in shaping and potentially delivering public and community services and to represent to views and needs of service users The Guidance will be of particular help to public sector bodies and partnerships which directly deliver or commission services to be delivered, the guidance offers a range of experiences from the pilot projects in how this model can work best and where joint learning has been effective. SG will continue to support the roll-out of the public-social partnership models through a subsequent programme and will continue to invest in the third sector in order to support both a stronger economy and effective reform of public services.


You can access the Public Social Partnership Guidance document using this link