Social action is about people coming together to help improve their lives and solve important problems in their communities. When the public sector works with communities – listening to citizens, growing their capacity to act, and working with them as equals – social action can become a powerful way of meeting people’s needs.
From November 2015 to August 2016 government collaborated with the New Economics Foundation to develop resources for commissioners and other public sector leaders to help them embed social action in commissioning. DCMS have published resources for public sector commissioners to help deliver public services. These publications provide resources, ideas and case studies on how to embed social action into existing services, develop new programmes and create the conditions for social action.