Compact Awards 2014
Nominations for the 2014 Compact Awards are now closed. Many thanks to those who submitted nominations.
Information about 2013's winners can be found here.
The Compact Awards are designed to celebrate and showcase the most outstanding Compact working across England.
- Recognition of your work and your commitment and dedication to the Compact way of working
- Raising awareness of your local Compact and all the partners signed up to it
- It can verify your knowledge of the Compact and commitment to working in partnership
- It can help to demonstrate your impact and add to your credibility
- Winners often receive press coverage which can be a great way of raising the profile of your organisation
- Even if you do not win, entering a nomination allows you and your organisation or group to appreciate how much you've achieved in the past year. We also publish case studies on the work of many of the shortlisted entries, as well as winners.
Announcing the winners last year, Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society, said:
"The winners of the 2013 Compact Awards all display thoughtful and collaborative partnership working. The winners show just how much can be achieved when people work well in partnership and I would like to congratulate all the winners and shortlisted entrants, and encourage others to look to their impressive example."
Please note that judges may move your nomination into a different category if they think it is better placed there.
Your nomination must include specific examples of projects or working practices which clearly demonstrate commitment to Compact principles or examples of positive outcomes that were achieved as a result of working in partnership across sectors.
Shortlisted entries will be promoted via the Compact Voice website, social media, our e-newsletter and published in a booklet which is distributed at the Compact Awards ceremony.
The 2013 booklet with all the short-listed entries can be downloaded here (PDF). If you’re thinking of submitting a nomination, it would be useful to look at the successful nominations from last year.
Further information – please read before submitting your nomination:
- There is a word limit of 500 words. Any text over the limit will be disregarded.
- Shortlisted entries may be edited for publication on the Compact Voice website and use in post-awards publicity.
- Nomination forms should be sent via e-mail to email@example.com.
- Please include all the requested contact details on the nomination form (don’t forget your Twitter address if you tweet) along with a photograph.
- Compact Advancing Equality Award
- Compact Engagement Award
- Compact Impact Award
- Compact Innovation Award
- Compact Leadership Award
- Local Compact Partnership Award
- Chris Frost Award
Awarded to Compact partnerships, groups or activities which demonstrate an outstanding commitment to equality, through promoting services, activities, or events which help advance equality of opportunity, or actively seek to tackle and challenge discrimination.
- Activities designed and delivered in partnership which are specifically targeted towards equality issues, or those protected characteristics described in the Equalities Act 2010
- Demonstrable support for the principles on equality and fairness as described in Principle 5 of the national Compact
- Collaboration and partnership activity which help further local actions and activities on promoting inclusion, equality and fairness
Download the Advancing Equality Award nomination form (.doc).
This Award will be given to excellent examples of partnership working and use of the Compact, which have resulted in services being based on a comprehensive understanding of community need.
This will be awarded to a group or specific engagement programme which demonstrates exceptional effort to improve understanding of the impact of potential or emerging policies and programmes.
- Consultation or engagement exercises which embed the spirit of the Compact in their design and delivery, taking into account Compact Voice’s guidance on meaningful engagement
- Demonstrable support for Principle 2 of the national Compact
- Demonstration of how input and engagement with consultation activities and exercises has resulted in improvements to proposed service or policy design and delivery
- Examples from communities and stakeholders affected or engaged with consultation processes who have benefited from outstanding engagement processes
Download the Engagement Award nomination form (.doc).
This Award is for a group or individual who has worked in partnership, using the principles of the Compact, to bring about demonstrable improvements for their community.
This award will recognise where use of the Compact principles and partnership working has supported and led to improved outcomes, while maintaining and supporting strong partnerships.
Examples of best practice might include:
- Examples of cross-sector partnership working that have had a clear impact and have improved the lives of service users, beneficiaries or those in the local community
- Using the principles of the Compact to engage in constructive dialogue, challenge policies, programmes, or changes to financial arrangements which would otherwise have negatively affected either or both sectors
- Demonstrable examples of where the Compact has been specifically used to improve policies, programmes, services, or financial arrangements
- Instances where Compact principles around clear arrangements for managing changes to programmes and services have been effectively and demonstrably used
- Demonstrable support for Principles 2, 3 or 4 of the national Compact
Download the Impact Award nomination form (.doc)
- Instances of where the principles of the Compact, or partnership groups working with them, have demonstrated new approaches and ways of thinking
- Developing innovative, inspiring solutions or activities which can be demonstrated and learnt from by others
- Embedding or supporting a range of Compact principles in new activities, programmes, or partnership groups
- Engaging with new cross-sector partners and strengthening local Compact groups
Download the Innovation Award nomination form (.doc).
This may be through a formal leadership role or through recognisable leadership behaviour, and should reflect where consistent support for the Compact has and continues to improve partnership working.
Examples of best practice in this category include:
- An individual or group embedding a range of Compact principles in their work
- Demonstrable improvements as a result of consistent and on-going championing of the Compact
- Displaying an approach which highlights tenacity, consistency and commitment
- Recognising and promoting the spirit of a Compact way of working
- Encouraging others of the benefits of positive partnership working
Download the Leadership Award nomination form (.doc).
- Consistent support for partnership working, through on-going engagement with, responsiveness to and support for the local Compact and local partners
- Demonstration of a range of cross-sector partnership activities which have led to shared outcomes
- Visible championing and support which recognises the importance of a strong, diverse and independent voluntary and community sector, effective, transparent and responsive design and delivery of policies, programmes and public services through stronger partnerships
Download the Local Compact Partnership Award nomination form (.doc).
The award is named in honour of Chris Frost, Compact Voice board member and Chief Executive of Merton Voluntary Service Council, who sadly passed away in November 2013.
Nominations will not be accepted for this award.
- The deadline for receipt of nominations is Wednesday 1 October 2014.
- Winners will be announced during Compact Week 2014 (Monday 3rd to Friday 7th November).
- Read about the nominations which were successful last year in our booklet of the shortlisted entries.
- If you have any questions about the Compact Awards, email firstname.lastname@example.org