To improve understanding between 3rd and public sector through staff secondments
The challenges on both sides for Councils and 3rd sector bodies (charities and social enterprises) to work better together are often discussed but my own observation shows how little the 2 understand each other, in fact how little local councils know about the organisations that exist.
Based on a central government idea, Council staff and 3rd sector staff could arrange an "in your shoes" swap, each working in the other's environment for at least a day, preferably a week. This should be compulsory for all commissioners as part of their training and development but optional for other Council staff.
Findings and observations could be shared on a blog to demonstrate the value and also share information on the variety of third sector bodies' work. This could also form the basis of a database of third sector bodies wishing to work with local councils.