Public Procurement and Property

Reviewing Scotland’s national outcomes

March 27, 2023 by No Comments | Category Consultations, Scottish Procurement, survey, Sustainable Procurement

Sustainable public procurement in Scotland aligns with Scotland’s National Performance Framework (NPF) which, in turn aligns to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Scotland’s performance is currently measured across 11 national outcomes. To create meaningful social impact from a contract, it is important to consider the social or national outcome that is to be delivered at the outset of the procurement.

The outcomes and how public procurement can contribute to these are described in Scottish Procurement Policy Note: Measuring social impact in public procurement (SPPN 10/2020). This approach complements procurement principles of relevance and proportionality and Scottish legislation to rule out price only or cost only as the sole award criteria for public contracts.

Scottish Government are undertaking a statutory review of the NPF including a public consultation asking people if the national outcomes fully describe the kind of Scotland they want to live in, and a call for evidence asking whether the existing National Outcomes are the right ones.

Procurement colleagues and stakeholders with an interest are encouraged to get involved. The consultation and call for evidence are open from 14 March until 5 June 2023.

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