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What's Better Than 'Value for Money'?

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Stuart astill 8 May

The use of VfM (Value for Money) assessments is widespread in deciding what is funded and, ultimately, what is considered worthwhile for public money of all kinds - and beyond. But the current ways of thinking about VfM often do not allow "good things" to happen because they don't fit the typical VfM mould. So… 'What’s better than VfM'?

This event is led by Stuart Astill, a Sheffield-based international expert on VfM, who has worked across a wide variety of projects. His experience covers the UN and World Bank, many areas of UK government and local and grassroots organisations.

Stuart will explain how VfM is typically assessed and, with his guests, explore the importance and major shortcomings of where VfM is currently at. A participatory session with attendees will then seek to outline the challenges and opportunities and consider ways forward - including setting challenges for Stuart to solve and report back on!

Finally a panel discussion will take questions and suggestions from the participants. Everyone is welcome to this event to start, together, to visualise what is “Better than VfM” and hopefully give a name to it.

Dr Stuart Astill is a Sheffield-based international expert on VfM. He has worked across a wide variety of projects in practice and as an academic at the LSE, Paris Sciences-Po and Sheffield University.

His consultancy experience covers the UN and World Bank, many areas of UK government and local and grassroots organisations.

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Democracy

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