What is a PSP?
A Public Social Partnership (PSP) is a strategic partnering arrangement which involves the Third Sector in the design and commissioning of public services.
It is based on the principle of the Third and Public Sectors working in partnership to design a new, or re-design a current service with the goal of delivering better outcomes for citizens, based on explicit feedback from those who use public services.
Services are then piloted prior to a (potential) competitive tendering process.
“A PSP is a co-planning process with the Third and Public Sectors working together to design a new or re-design a current service to deliver better outcomes for the public.”
A PSP starts with addressing needs, not with what services are available.
An introduction to the PSP model:
The diagram below shows the steps within a public social partnership and a brief overview of what a PSP is: