Hub partners to compete for new performance role

The organisations running the ChangeUp Performance Hub look set to go head to head for control of its replacement.

Charities Evaluation Services and the umbrella body the NCVO are expected to submit rival bids to run the new performance-themed national support service. It is one of four services proposed this month to replace the six national hubs of expertise. The others will cover finance, workforce and 'voice'.

Colin Nee, chief executive of CES, the accountable body for the Performance Hub, said: "We are likely to want to take the performance theme on."

Liz Atkins, director of public policy at the NCVO, said the umbrella body had made no final decision on what it would bid for when the hubs are replaced, but added: "We are considering whether to bid for one or all."

Before the plans for the four support services were announced, the NCVO indicated it would bid in areas in which it had expertise.

It has been involved in five of the six ChangeUp hubs. It is also in discussions with Bassac, the network of community organisations. This could lead to a joint bid to run the 'voice' service, which will support campaigning, user involvement, advocacy, community action and sector participation in public policy and strategy.

Bassac will run a pilot based on research into how community groups' advocacy work can be boosted.

The Charity Finance Directors' Group and the chief executives body Acevo are both weighing up bids to run the finance service. The Charities Aid Foundation is also considering bidding.

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