Intelligent Monitoring: New guidance to help cut red tape for charitable, voluntary and community organisations – UK National Audit Office – June 2009

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Intelligent Monitoring: New guidance to help cut red tape for charitable, voluntary and community organisations – UK National Audit Office – June 2009

“The National Audit Office has published some practical guidance. This will help Government reduce the red tape involved in monitoring the £12 billion it gives to charities and other voluntary and community organisations each year.

Charities that receive public funding have to account to government funders for how they have spent this money. They also need to show the impact they achieve with it.  But the burden and cost of this must be appropriate to the risks and benefits involved.

Cutting unnecessary red tape can free up time and money that would be better spent focusing on the key services that these organisations provide. The term we use for achieving this balance and avoiding poor practice is ‘intelligent monitoring’.

Our guidance: Intelligent Monitoring is part of ‘Financial relationships with third sector organisations – a decision support tool for public bodies in England‘.

It is designed to:

  • be a step by step guide that will help Government to apply the ‘Principles of proportionate monitoring and reporting’ produced by the Office of the Third Sector.
  • encourage Government to think about monitoring as early as possible in a funding relationship and not simply as an add-on.
  • highlight the importance of monitoring for the providers of services as well as funders.
  • include practical case studies to illustrate the guidance and how the principles can be applied.

The National Audit Office plans to expand on these practical examples of intelligent monitoring with the help of users of the guidance as best practice emerges.  If you would like to contribute to, or comment on, the guidance please email better_funding@nao.gsi.gov.uk.

Intelligent Monitoring builds on the existing National Audit Office decision support tool ‘Financial Relationships with Third Sector Organisations: a Decision Support Tool‘. This is an online toolkit designed to help Government funders work through the key considerations and issues involved in funding third sector organisations such as charities and voluntary and community organisations.

The guidance has the support of HM Treasury, the Office of the Third Sector  and the Commission for the Compact.”

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