A new working party that will examine the use of the payment-by-results model in the voluntary sector has held its first meeting.
The group, which has been set up by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and met for the first time on Thursday, is made up of voluntary sector providers that have payment-by-results contracts and organisations with an interest in the model.
The group will aim to share and compare experiences on payment-by-results programmes and develop recommendations for the voluntary sector, commissioners, policy makers and social investors.
Organisations represented in the group, which will meet five times between September and July, include the welfare-to-work charity the Shaw Trust, the crime reduction charity Catch 22 and the ex-offenders charity the St Giles Trust.
The chair of the group will be Marcus Roberts, director of policy and membership at DrugScope, which supports professionals working in drug and alcohol misuse.
Roberts told Third Sector that there was a lack of information on payment by results available to the sector, which he hoped the group would help to remedy by creating practical advice such as risk assessment tools.
He said the first meeting, held last week, set out the general goals of the working group, including increasing the amount of information available on payment by results for voluntary sector organisations.
"Payment by results is a big part of the government agenda for public sector reform and has huge implications for voluntary and community sector organisations," he said.
"It is about getting people better support to understand what some of the risks might be, but also to recognise opportunities and make good decisions for themselves and service users," he said.
The next meeting will take place on 20 November.