A thought provoking article on the importance of ensuring that social value is an integral part of public procurement.
Social value is an indispensable part of procuring public services, primarily because it is about ensuring services have a meaningful and positive impact on people’s wellbeing. In practice, it shifts the focus in procurement from processes to outcomes. This enables procurement contracts to go further than inputs and outputs, i.e. how many appointments a job centre provides, by evaluating the goals of services, i.e. long-term employment rates.