The briefing highlights that:
- Using different types of evidence from the voluntary and community sector can support the development of a constructive Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
- Voluntary and community sector organisations hold unique evidence about local community assets and needs.
- Voluntary and community sector knowledge can be combined with data collected by statutory bodies to offer a richer, more accurate picture of communities
- The voluntary sector can provide routes into engaging with marginalised and more disadvantaged groups.
The briefing recommends that voluntary and community sector organisations should be engaged in decision-making forums such as health and wellbeing boards and clinical commissioning groups. And that commissioners and health and wellbeing boards should work with voluntary and community organisations to co-design solutions to target inequalities.
The briefing can be read here.