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Using procurement data: indicators and guidance


By: Open Contracting Partnership

Published: 2017


Using procurement data: indicators and guidance

By Open Contracting Partnership

There is strong emerging evidence that making the planning, procurement, and implementation of public contracts open by default is a powerful way to craft better deals with taxpayers money, deter fraud and corruption, build trust with citizens by providing reliable and quality services, and to promote a better, fairer business environment.

A key tool in this approach is the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) which provides a user-friendly open data schema to unlock and share all the data and documents.

The number one request that we receive from partners and allies has been to better articulate how contracting data (unlocked and shared using OCDS) links to the outcomes they want to have, and how to measure their progress toward those outcomes.

This guidance compiles a list of procurement indicators related to market opportunity, internal efficiency, value for money, public integrity and service delivery, that can be calculated using OCDS data.  

Use case guide spreadsheet: Indicators linked to OCDS(Versión en español de los indicadores)

You can also read our research report where we interviewed the leads of five diverse open contracting projects from across the globe to understand what factors are critical for their work.