In this issue we look into the procurement of public services and the three elements that make the current situation facing governments different, which include:
- The range of services that governments are looking to procure from external service providers;
- The drive to purchase outputs, outcomes, and to increase effectiveness;
- The increasing sophistication of the contracting models being used and the resulting contract management required.
Most procurement activity being pursued in New Zealand involves traditional models aimed at achieving cost reduction rather than service innovation. In this edition we discuss the benefits of smarter procurement, the range of procurement options available to the public sector, and those that illustrate a more innovative model of government procurement.