Good practice of innovation procurement

Innovation procurement is the process of acquiring goods, services, and works that are innovative and can contribute to achieving policy objectives. Some good practices for innovation procurement include:

  • Defining clear objectives

Clearly define the problem or challenge to be addressed and the desired outcomes of the procurement process.

  • Engaging stakeholders

Involve relevant stakeholders in the procurement process, including potential suppliers, industry experts, and end-users.

  • Using open and flexible procurement procedures

Use procurement procedures that are open and flexible, such as open innovation contests or challenge-based procurement, to attract a wide range of solutions from diverse suppliers.

  • Using outcome-based specifications

Specify the desired outcomes of the procurement rather than dictating specific solutions, to encourage innovation and competition.

  • Building capacity for innovation procurement

Build the capacity of procurers and other stakeholders to understand and participate in innovation procurement, through training, mentoring, and networking.

  • Monitoring and evaluating outcomes

Regularly monitor and evaluate the outcomes of the procurement process to identify successes and areas for improvement.

  • Building a pipeline of innovation procurement

Continuously identify new opportunities for innovation procurement and build a pipeline of potential procurements, to ensure a steady flow of innovative solutions.

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