Last edited 18 Aug 2021

Sourcing playbook



[edit] Introduction

The Sourcing playbook, Government guidance on service delivery, including outsourcing, insourcing, mixed economy sourcing and contracting, published in May 2021 is the third annual update of the Outsourcing Playbook.

The original Outsourcing playbook was published in February 2019 to improve the way the Government works with private companies and the third sector following the collapse of Carillion in 2018. A second update was published in June 2020.

[edit] Objectives

The Sourcing playbook emphasises that the delivery of public services is a collaborative endeavour involving colleagues from commercial, finance, project delivery, policy and other professions. It captures best practices from across the Government within 11 key policy areas that all central departments are expected to follow:

  1. Publication of commercial pipelines.
  2. Market health and capability assessments.
  3. Project Validation Review (PVR).
  4. Delivery model assessments (previously known as ‘make versus buy assessments’).
  5. Should Cost Modelling.
  6. Requirement for pilots.
  7. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
  8. Risk allocation.
  9. Pricing and payment mechanisms.
  10. Assessing the economic and financial standing of suppliers.
  11. Resolution planning.

[edit] Related resources

The Consultancy playbook, Government guidance on how to commission and engage with consultants more effectively, achieving better outcomes, better value for money and improved civil service capability through the transfer of knowledge and skills, was published at the same time as the Sourcing playbook. It provides guidance on how central departments can maximise value for money when sourcing consultancy services.

Additional updated documents published in conjunction with the Sourcing playbook and Consultancy playbook include:

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