Acceleration for Results

Acceleration for Results was a programme aimed at shifting MSD providers to results-based contracting models.

This programme has now concluded. In its wake, an insight into the fundamental messages behind the AfR programme can be viewed below.

Under the Community Investment Strategy, MSD was committed to shifting all its service providers to results-based contracting by July 2018. Results-based contracts are focused on the results or outcomes providers deliver, rather than the amount of activity they undertake. This change aims to better align funding to those most vulnerable in the community, and to services and providers who are able to demonstrate they are meeting these needs, with evidence about what works.

MSD initiated this programme to produce learnings and test ideas on how MSD and other providers could best transition to results-based contracts. This programme worked with a small number of existing MSD providers and their respective MSD Community Investment Advisors at MSD to prototype, test and refine approaches to results-based contracting.

Accelerating for Results used a human-centred design approach to identify the obstacles to results-based contracting on both provider and MSD sides, and then worked together to find solutions. This meant exploring the wide range of factors that influence our collective readiness for result-based contracts.

Results-based contracting

For providers this meant a chance to influence and shape the future in how MSD engages with providers, and how it measured results across different areas. It was also a chance for providers to receive support to build their capability to move towards results-based contracts and better understand the outcomes of their services.

The programme ran in multiple stages from November 2016 to June 2017, with a small number of providers added to the programme in each stage.

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