Procurement is one of the most powerful, yet overlooked, tools in government. Cities spend between one third and one half of their budget through contracts on critical functions, like repairing roads, housing the homeless, or modernizing government by adopting new technology. Yet, too often, procurement is treated as a back-office task rather than a fundamental reflection of an agency’s strategic vision. In this Sprint, led by the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab (GPL), you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to use your contracts as a tool to achieve your city’s desired goals and outcomes. The GPL will share the contracting strategies and solutions that they’ve learned from their What Works Cities projects over the past three years. Three cities will have the opportunity to work directly with the GPL to apply results-driven contracting strategies on a single RFP. The results of the RFP workshop will be presented to the full group of participants at the end of the Sprint.
Recommended Participants: Cities with an upcoming key procurement or contract (high dollar amount, impact on residents, and/or of strategic importance) that they are interested in actively workshopping with the goal of orienting it toward results. City staff charged with drafting and reviewing procurement documents.
***Sprints are only available to city staff if your city has completed a Certification Assessment. Your registration will not be accepted unless you complete your assessment prior!***