Achieving continuous improvement through self-assessment

Jason Waterman, Louise Knight

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In 2007 the UK Office of Government Commerce was mandated to carry out Procurement Capability Reviews (PCR) across the 16 top spending UK Government Departments. Since then, this programme has evolved into a self assessment based approach which is markedly different from the original approach.Will the move from a centre-led strategic review of procurement capability to a department-led model based on self assessment continue to strengthen and improve procurement capability across Central Civil Government? OGC is currently working with UK Government Departments to carry out their PCRs using a self-assessment tool which incorporates qualitative and quantitative measures. Results are generated based on a capability maturity model. The results are assured independently. OGC expectations are that tangible and measurable capability improvements will be realised when departments embed the self-assessment model and implement the findings as part of a continuous improvement regime. This paper is a case study, using some relevant literature to reflect on past and possible future development of the PCR self assessment scheme.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event4th International Public Procurement Conference, IPPC 2010 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 26 Aug 201028 Aug 2010
Conference number: 4


Conference4th International Public Procurement Conference, IPPC 2010
Abbreviated titleIPPC
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


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