Innovation Procurement – A model for small and medium-sized municipalities
2016 - 2017
Municipalities of Skurup and Ystad
Municipalities of Skurup and Ystad, Rhetikfabriken

Public sector face major challenges in the future. Increased innovativeness is seen as a necessity for public organizations to meet the challenges. By public demand for innovation in the form of public procurement of innovation (PPI) and pre-commercial procurement (PCP), businesses are encouraged to develop new services that better meet the needs for innovation in the public sector. PPI & PCP are therefore considered to have great potential to modernize the public sector while stimulating innovation in both the public and the private sector.

Despite the great potential the share of PPI & PCP of the total number of procurements increase very slowly. A great obstacle is that PPI & PCP are perceived as cumbersome and resource-intensive, which prevents smaller municipalities with limited resources.

Project partners Skurup and Ystad are facing similar challenges in care, school, integration and sustainable urban development, which requires new innovative solutions to meet residents’ expectations. The municipalities therefore need to develop methods to stimulate innovation.

The overall objective of the project is that a number of small and medium-sized municipalities in southeastern Scania merge and develop a resource efficient and innovative model for working with PPI & PCP that is adjusted to local conditions, so that also mutual learning and synergies can be achieved through collaboration. The model will be tested in three to five PPI´s or PCP´s conducted by participating municipalities. If the test results are positive, there is a great potential both to integrate the model into a municipal innovation strategy and to spread it to other public procurers.