Reform is hard but you are not alone.

We offer a range of services to help you wherever you are in the process of implementing open contracting. Whether it’s helping you publish data, think through your procurement reform process, develop public policies or ideas for how to monitor government contracts better, we’re happy to support you.

While we’ve separated our offers by actors, we really see open contracting as a collaborative effort and our engagements as collaborations where we try to help bring together multiple actors rather than working with any group in isolation.

You will see that the services have different intensities and will adapt over time to meet changing needs.

Find out more about our services below.

Governments

We support governments to transform public contracting from an opaque, compliance-driven exercise to a strategic function that is digital, collaborative, and highly effective.

At the most basic level, we provide free helpdesk support for publishing and using data. At a slightly higher level of engagement, we review existing materials and protocols and offer bespoke advice on specific aspects of the reform process. Our most intensive engagements include convening multi-stakeholder collaborations, designing collaboration and monitoring mechanisms, and helping to hire consultants to support implementation.

Our graded support model means that we invest more as government partners demonstrate commitment to working collaboratively with other stakeholders and as they deliver on their commitments.

  • Simple helpdesk requests for Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) publication and data use by government
  • Signposting to guidance and resources
  • Comments on draft legislation, terms of reference, project documents, briefing notes for decision makers
  • Co-design and/or comments on project plans
  • Policy and legislation support and guidance
  • Articulating political commitments and mandates
  • Feedback on progress and areas for improvement
  • Regional and global knowledge sharing (virtual and in person)
  • Workshops and trainings on problem identification, stakeholder collaboration, data publication, monitoring, etc.
  • Peer support and fellowship
  • Embedding technical support and internal capacity through hiring of consultants
  • Help to develop budget/funding proposals
  • Documentation and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning support
  • Specific advocacy missions, including bespoke local campaigning and documentation

Civil society

Civil society is an essential stakeholder in public procurement. We want local civil society to work with government on reform projects and to be empowered to monitor public contracting. We want them to see their recommendations result in policy changes and improved outcomes. We provide support to civil society organizations so they can become equal partners with government and hold it to account.

  • Simple helpdesk support to use open contracting data and feedback on tools
  • Signposting to guidance and resources
  • Advice on making a case for change
  • Support to develop fundraising strategies and proposals
  • Help to design demonstration and/or monitoring projects
  • Participation in regional and global knowledge sharing (virtual and in person)
  • Helpdesk support to develop sector-specific Open Contracting Data Standard guidance resources and documentation
  • Coworking to craft a case for change
  • Funding to support specific advocacy, research, monitoring, and demonstrative efforts
  • Peer-coaching and mentorship
  • Supporting extended engagement with government and private sector on open contracting reforms, including strategy, ‘tag team’ advocacy and specific advocacy campaigning
  • Tag team national and international advocacy for change

Academics & researchers

We provide unique expertise and a set of community resources around public procurement and open contracting data that can help researchers generate evidence around key procurement topics. Open contracting data published using the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) is a unique source of information for academia, since it provides standardized data fields and documentation that facilitates analysis and comparison across countries.

Here are some of the ways we can support your research. Get in touch if you have an idea or want to explore open contracting data:

  • Point to published OCDS data
  • Point to existing internal and external tools and resources
  • Connect researchers with people from the OCP network and events
  • Share relevant projects on our platforms (blogs, social media)
  • Support in locating and accessing OCDS data (helpdesk and data team)
  • Support in problem articulation and hypothesis design
  • Showcasing projects to governments and relevant stakeholders
  • Connect with relevant stakeholders for research
  • Connect with other academics, funding opportunities and events
  • Workshops and training on accessing and analyzing data with OCDS tools
  • Curated datasets for particular research needs
  • Support in OCDS data publication
  • Assistance in data analysis
  • Support in problem articulation and hypothesis design

Companies

Public procurement should be inclusive and every business should have a fair chance. We support businesses to advocate for open contracting with government – from huge multinationals who may see open contracting as an indicator for investment, to small women- or minority-owned businesses who can better prepare and succeed in doing business with governments. We also advise providers, e-solutions providers, and aggregators in building businesses using Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) data.

  • Signposting for support providers, e-solutions providers, and aggregators seeking to build businesses using OCDS
  • Basic advocacy on why open contracting matters
  • Invitation and sponsorship to regional and global events
  • Regional and global knowledge sharing (virtual and in person)
  • Support to participate in regional and global events
  • Targeted trainings, workshops and data dives
  • Peer coaching and mentoring, communications, and development of use and impact stories
  • Workshops and training to engage business in open contracting advocacy, feedback on reforms, monitoring and complaints

Journalists

Given their unique responsibility to report on how governments use public funds, journalists are, potentially, one of the most important users of data and information on public contracting. We want to empower journalists to hold government accountable and track the performance of public contracts and the services they deliver.

  • Signposting to OCDS data and potential stories
  • Offering expert comments on stories
  • Connect with relevant sources and collaborators
  • Support in designing investigations
  • Workshops, training, data dives
  • Support on data analysis
  • Collaboration on investigations
  • Grants and fellowships
  • Peer coaching and mentoring

Development partners & funders

Multilateral and bilateral partners are crucial to bring open contracting to scale. They can provide normative imperatives, incentives, technical advice, tools and financing for open contracting reforms. Funders, such as global and national foundations as well as governmental donors, can finance organizations working on open contracting at the local or global level. Both play an important norm-building role, advocating for open contracting in global and regional fora and facilitating connections and learning across grantees and other organizations.

We help development partners to incorporate open contracting into their work by offering specialized guidance and sharing what works on the ground.

  • Guidance on projects or organizations that could help advance open contracting
  • Advice on how to advance open contracting in specific contexts
  • Regional and global knowledge sharing (virtual and in person)
  • Technical assistance on project design, monitoring and evaluation
  • Workshops and trainings
  • Technical assistance on results-based contracting, multi-stakeholder collaboration and monitoring

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us.