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.

To develop this guidance, we interviewed the leads of five diverse open contracting projects from across the globe to understand what factors are critical for their work.