Making Spend Matter is a network of 7 European cities that have worked together to take a more strategic approach to public procurement to enhance the sustainable impact of their public spend and help tackle social, economic and environmental challenges.
The Making Spend Matter network forms part of the URBACT Transfer Networks, which are a collection of European cities that come together to create, share, adapt and reuse Good Practice learning tools to promote integrated and sustainable urban development.
URBACT (a programme promoting collaborative city working to identify good practice and improve urban policies) awarded 97 cities from across Europe with the Good Practice Label.
Amongst them, Preston was recognised for its work with anchor institutions around progressive public procurement and spend analysis.
Each Good Practice City was invited to apply to lead a Transfer Network through which they could transfer their experience to other (Transfer) Cities interested in the good practice
The Making Spend Matter network forms one of 23 other Transfer Networks funded through the URBACT III Programme by the European Regional Development Fund.
Making Spend Matter's motto is "changing procurement, changing cities!"
To find out more about Preston's procurement journey view the Preston's procurement journey timeline document [875.24KB].
The Good Practice aims to transfer 3 things:
It is about analysing and understanding where public spend goes collectively across anchor institutions (organisations which are rooted in a place).
The analysis involves a detailed look at spend data to understand:
The analysis can then be used as an evidence base to:
The Good Practice's objective is to change how we cooperate across stakeholders, citizens, anchor institutions but also SMEs, how we can change behaviour, how we do procurement and how all of this influences and impacts places and people.
The Transfer Network helps each Transfer City successfully adapt Preston's Good Practice to their city.
From a Good Practice City's view, this network is also about looking at how the Good Practice around spend analysis can be improved and taken forward locally.
The exchange and learning will be a reciprocal transfer, as all cities have experience and expertise to share and other practices to learn from.
Each city is different, starting from different points, with their own specific challenges and objectives to meet.
To allow for each city to understand, explore and adapt the Good Practice at their own pace, the information below outlines how the network activities have been structured into core and optional learning and transfer options.
The transnational aspect will be supported at each city level by:
For more details view the Making Spend Matter Transfer Network [523.06KB] document.
The Making Spend Matter Toolkit brings together the guidance, lessons learned and recommendations from the Transfer Network to enable other cities and public organisations to start their own strategic procurement journey.
From understanding the strategic importance of public procurement to analysing procurement spend and its impact, progressing practices and implementing change, the toolkit covers a range of best practice advice and tips around making spend matter.
Join us at the Making Spend Matter Final Conference to discover the next steps of the Making Spend Matter Toolkit.
For more details and how to register see Making Spend Matter Final Conference.
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