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Outcomes based commissioning

Outcomes based commissioning is where a commissioning body agrees to fund a provider on the basis that they will achieve particular agreed outcomes (rather than deliver particular outputs). The provider does not have to specify how they will achieve these outcomes. The aim is to enable providers to innovate and to create better services which are tailored to the needs of service users. In the UK, this has prompted a series of developments including Local Area Agreements and Comprehensive Area Assessments, which seek to base local service commissioning, delivery and evaluation on an agreed set of outcomes for that area rather than on central targets.