Locality has produced a Contract Readiness Checker especially for use in conjunction with the Right to Challenge, and we would recommend that ALL organisations should complete this if they are thinking about using this power, or indeed thinking in general about whether they could take on the delivery of public services. Even organisations that already have some experience of winning and delivering contracts should find this a useful improvement tool.
The Contract Readiness Checker should only take about 20 minutes to complete and will deliver a report showing strengths and areas for improvement across 14 indicators grouped into five areas (Capability, Market Position, Compliance, Finance and Social Value). The output from the use of this tool will be helpful in determining the next steps for your organisation. However you choose to assess your organisational strengths and weaknesses, the starting point should always be to map your aspirations against the current reality of your situation. Once you have identified your development needs there are resources and organisations available to help you to undertake the next steps of your journey. Links to some free resources are given below, and these should be reviewed first. Beyond this you could contact the advice line for suggestions about your next steps, or you might consider an application for a Community Right to Challenge pre-feasibility grant to buy in some expertise to help develop your organisation in the right direction.
Do not be daunted by this advice! For challenges for small scale and straight forward service delivery much of what follows can be done quite simply. However, you will, if successful have a legal and contractual duty to fulfil, so attention to detail will still be important.