Voluntary organisations representing migrant and refugee groups primarily receive grant funding. The guide, which was commissioned by the Housing Associations' Charitable Trust and funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, examines whether it is appropriate for them to make the transition to delivering services, such as housing, under contract to public bodies.
The publication comes a week after several refugee charities complained that they had been approached to provide support, without payment, to a private sector organisation bidding for a Home Office Refugee Integration and Employment Service contract (Third Sector, 13 February).
The guide has been published to help community organisations and public sector commissioners who are working in local authorities and primary care trusts, and the Learning and Skills Council.
Heather Petch, director of Hact, said: "This guide should become an essential part of the literature about third sector and public sector commissioning. There is nothing else that looks specifically at the role of migrant and refugee groups."