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The Procurement of Government Outcomes (POGO) Club is a knowledge sharing initiative that is open to anyone interested in capacity building in public procurement and in collaboration to improve social outcomes. We host monthly calls, maintain a maillist, and share other resources. Participants come from many different disciplines, sectors, and countries. Our chair is Anne Davies, Dean of the Oxford Law Faculty and Professor of Law and Public Policy.     

Interested? Sign up to our new POGO working groups here & join the mailing list by emailing Ruairi Macdonald. Find us on LinkedIn here.

Aims of our group

  • Helping public sector leaders understand how public procurement may be used to improve social outcomes through collaboration with the private and community / voluntary sectors.
  • Encouraging better alignment of procurement plans with the mission, strategy, and budget of a program, agency or government. 
  • Developing the capacity of procurement practitioners to collaborate and procure social outcomes as part of the professionalisation of public procurement.

Previous meetings

Our February call took place on Tuesday 25th of February at 16:00 (London).

We had a short but substantive discussion of organisation culture in procurement processes. Our prompt for the panel was: Viewed through a lens of ‘culture’ are there tensions between (i) commercial and public or social value considerations (ii) transactional and partnership / relational working and/or (iii) central oversight and local leadership? 

We presented the law reform working group’s public response to a the UK Government’s Green Paper: Transforming public procurement. We also explored in more depth a key theme to emerge from the working group’s discussion – culture.

Date: 23 February 2021, 4-5 PM GMT 

Duration: 60 minutes 

Online: Zoom 

POGO Club January Meeting

Date: 26 Jan 2021

Time: 16:00-17:00 (London) 

The session followed and built upon November's meeting discussion on the UK Government's issuing of 'Procurement Policy Note (PPN) 06/20 - taking account of social value in the award of central government contracts'. In this session, we heard reflections from the UK Government and continued our comparisons to see how social value is procured internationally. 

Background Resources:

To register for this event, please contact Ruairi Macdonald or Leigh Crowley.

Context: UK Government Green Paper, Transforming Public Procurement

Date: 5 Jan 2021

Time: 16:00-17:00 (London) 

The UK Government has published a Green Paper, Transforming Public Procurement, that is intended to shape the future of public procurement in the UK for many years to come. "The government’s goal is to speed up and simplify our procurement processes, place value for money at their heart, and unleash opportunities for small businesses, charities and social enterprises to innovate in public service delivery". 

In this POGO law reform working group we are proposing to make a written response to this Green Paper. Please join this session by signing up by completing this short suvey to share your comments and reflections on the Green Paper.

If you have any questions about this working group or any of the others listed about please contact Leigh Crowley or Ruairi Macdonald.


Our July call took place on Tuesday 28th of July at 16:00 (London). 

  • We discussed a Complex Contracting Framework and an Alliance Contracting Model in Plymouth. 
  • Discussants included: Professor Trevor Brown (John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University) and Gary Wallace (Plymouth City Council).

Our June call took place on Tuesday 30th of June at 16:00 (London). 

  • We discussed contract management and outcomes. 
  • Sebastian Barreto Cifuentes presented aspects of his PhD thesis. Daniella Jammes, Mark Roddan, Benjamin Taylor and Paul Conneely offered comments from a practical perspective.  

Our May call took place on Tuesday 26th of May at 16:00 (London). 

  • We discussed "social value" in public procurement and contract management.
  • Discussants included: Terry Brewer (Social Value Portal), Julian Blake (Stone King), Ben Carpenter (Social value UK), Abby Semple (Procurement Analysis), Mehdi Shiva (University of Oxford), and Edward Hickman (ATQ Consultants). 

Our April call took place on Tuesday 28th of March at 16:00 (London). 

  • Professor Sope Williams-Elegbe from Stellenbosch University (South Africa) introduced a discussion on Outcomes Contracting vs. Corruption. 
  • Paulo Magina, Head of the OECD Public Procurement Unit, introduced a discussion on the OECD’s Methodology for Assessing Procurement Systems (MAPS). Check out the MAPS website here

Our February call took place on Tuesday 23 February at 16:00 (GMT). 

  • We presented the law reform working group’s public response to a the UK Government’s Green Paper: Transforming public procurement
  • We also explored in more depth a key theme to emerge from the working group’s discussion – culture.

Sign up to our new POGO working groups here & join the mailing list by emailing Ruairi Macdonald at ruairi.macdonald@bsg.ox.ac.uk

Our March call took place on Tuesday 31st of March at 16:00 (London).

  • We switched from our regular programming to discuss: “Emergency Public Procurement & Contract Changes.” 
  • Prof. Christopher Yukins introduced our discussion. 

Our January call took place on 28th of January 2020. 

  • Chairperson: Anne Davies 
  • Julian Blake introduced a discussion on the topic "Professional judgment – the scope of procurement professionals’ discretion in law and practice."  
  • Abby Semple shared insights emerging from #WeBuySocialEU - a European Commission (EC) project run by Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI). 
  • Supporting resources included The Art of the Possible (2016) and Procurement to Partnership (2019).

Upcoming events of interest

The following events have been shared by POGO members. To add to or update this list, please email Ruairi Macdonald at ruairi.macdonald@bsg.ox.ac.uk

We are delighted to announce that the next edition of the Social Outcomes Conference will be held on 9-10 September 2021.

The Social Outcomes Conference is the annual convening of the world's leading researchers, policymakers and practitioners working to improve social outcomes. As in previous years, the conference will feature discussions on the latest thinking and findings from academic research, alongside insights from the emerging practice across different geographies, disciplines and policy areas. 

Read our reflections from the 2020 edition of the conference.

This virtual conference, hosted by the University of Nottingham, will feature an extended plenary session with a line-up of speakers from the international organisations and elsewhere, giving an in-depth update on what is happening globally and in the EU and UK in the world of procurement regulation. 

To register your interest and receive email updates, email peter.trepte@nottingham.ac.uk.


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