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MLE on Innovation-related Public Procurement



MLE on Innovation-Related Public Procurement: Topic Report A - Developing strategic frameworks for innovation-related public procurement

This thematic report, produced by the PSF Mutual Learning Exercise (MLE) on Innovation Procurement, puts forward relevant frameworks and definitions for discussion. The report builds on a Challenge Paper, background research and feedback from participating countries at MLE workshops in Brussels and The Hague. The report focuses on four specific types of public procurement: direct innovation procurement, catalytic innovation procurement, functional regular procurement, and pre-commercial procurement (PCP). 

MLE on Innovation-Related Public Procurement: Topic Report B - Report on Capacity building for innovation related procurement: evidence and lessons learned

Innovation-related procurement requires organisational capacities and individual skills beyond the typical professional qualification in public procurers. Capacity building is important to strengthen public procurers' readiness and ability to initiate and execute innovation-related procurement. This report considers the capacities and capabilities needed, recipients of capacity-building activities, and capacity-building enablers and supporters. This is one of four thematic reports that will build the basis for the final report of the Mutual Learning Exercise (MLE) on ‘Innovation Procurement’, which is being carried out in 2017 and 2018.  

MLE on Innovation Related Public Procurement: Topic Report C - Financial Mechanisms in support of Innovation-enhancing Procurement and Pre-commercial Procurement

This report sets out the rationale for financing in support of innovation related procurement and considers the framework conditions necessary for successful financing mechanisms. It concludes with several recommendations arising from the MLE process and includes national profiles summarising the different approaches taken at a national level. The Topic C MLE process concluded that there is a clear rationale for financing for innovation related procurement in the context of the overall policy framework, be it at a national or EC level.

MLE on Innovation Related Public Procurement: Topic Report D - Monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment of innovation related procurement

The main purpose of evaluation is to deliver policy intelligence, providing accountability, learning, and guidance. Evaluating public policies is a necessary step because any government intervention can only be justified if it has a complementary and positive effect, which would not have taken place without the policy. Even if there is evidence from some countries having started to monitor and assess their innovation-related procurement activities, we are still far from a common strategic framework for the practice of innovation-related procurement. In this report, we provide a conceptual framework for measuring and evaluating innovation-related procurement, defining the key concepts and the dimensions considered within it. The report also specifies the indicators that could best help to measure the key dimensions considered in the previous framework.

MLE on Innovation-related Public Procurement: Final Report

This is the final report of the Mutual Learning Exercise (MLE) on 'Innovation Procurement’ which was carried out from January 2017 to May 2018 by 13 EU Member States and two associate countries. Through public procurement, the public sector is a dominant first-buyer of products and services. Several EU Member States thus use public procurement procedures to accelerate innovation. Yet, for many procuring entities, this aim is not a core priority and thus despite its potential, innovation-related procurement is not yet fully used.


MLE on Innovation-Related Public Procurement: Kick-off meeting

19 January 2017
DG Research and Innovation - Unit A4
Brussels, Belgium

This kick-off meeting discussed the four main issues to be addressed in the upcoming workshops on innovation-enhancing public procurement: a strategic framework, capacity building, financial and other enabling incentives and resources, as well as measurement, evaluation and monitoring. The MLE team presented the draft Modus Operandi, the roadmap and general overview of the MLE process and its structure. The meeting was also an opportunity to meet the country representatives on innovation-enhancing procurement, and to present and discuss the major challenges, scope and topics of the MLE.

MLE on Innovation-Related Public Procurement: first country visit

19 March 2017 to 23 March 2017
PIANOo and the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands
The Netherlands

How to use public procurement to enhance innovation? This first country visit focused on the topic of a strategic framework for innovation procurement, as well as national strategies and action plans for promoting Innovation Procurement. As part of such a framework, definitions, goals, indicators, tools and activities, as well as roles and responsibilities of the actors involved, were discussed by the participants. In addition, it was an opportunity for participating countries to learn and exchange experience with the hosts, PIANOo and the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands.

MLE on Innovation-Related Public Procurement: second country visit

31 May 2017 to 1 June 2017
Frankfurt, Germany

The public sector is a major purchaser and potential customer for innovative companies, products and services. How best to use this potential to enhance innovation? This second country visit focused on capacity building. Public entities have pursued different approaches to fostering effective use of the various innovation procurement procedures, adequate formulation of tenders, dealing with innovation-related risks, and getting internal and external backing. Equally, suppliers such as SMEs may require a better understanding of public entities’ needs, while politicians might need to better understand the societal and long-term benefits of innovation procurement. The working meeting on 1 June was preceded on 31 May by a visit to procuring organisations.

MLE on Innovation-Related Public Procurement: third country visit – measurement, evaluation and monitoring

20 September 2017 to 21 September 2017
DG RTD, Unit A4
Vienna, Austria

In order to make the most of the public sector’s potential – as a major purchaser – to support innovation and innovative companies, products and services, this third country visit focused on measurement, evaluation and monitoring of innovation procurement. There was a presentation of the Austrian approach to innovation procurement from strategic framework, through governance and set-up, to the instruments used for capacity building and financial incentives. In addition, there were presentations and discussions of the background paper and experiences from different countries.

MLE on Innovation-Related Public Procurement: fourth country visit – funding and financial incentives

28 November 2017 to 29 November 2017
DG Research and Innovation, Unit A4
Madrid, Spain

This fourth fact-finding visit addressed one of the remaining issues on innovation-enhancing public procurement – financial and other enabling incentives and resources – with presentations and discussions based on the background paper and experiences from different countries. In addition, discussions focused on the final report and deliverables of this MLE, aiming to make the most of the public sector’s potential to enhance innovation, as a major purchaser and potential customer for innovative companies, products and services.

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