CSPG Be Connected

CSPG Be Connected

CSPG Be Connected – A national Open Data Research Project.

A research project to understand how the UK Public Sector uses to data to identify savings. To understand the quality of the data they are using and to see if ‘better data’ would help in identifying £millions of savings. Can we get more money bang for our buck?!

We have found that the spend data currently available to our public sector procurers and buyers is there, in some way shape or form, and it is definitely shared. There are certain verticals (central, local, education, healthcare or blue lights) that use data and share data better than others do but we found that overall and as a whole entity, the public sector spend data is disparate, non-complete, missing and inconsistent. With limited data and data that is not easy to compare… MASSIVE opportunities to save are being missed (and huge frustrations caused to the people tasked with using this data).

We want to help overcome this data problem, once and for all. No longer will data be limited, inconsistent or restricted to an individual vertical.
Here is where the problem lies – Currently the responsibility for uploading data to a contract register is on the individual. Everybody has different motivations for uploading data, everybody has different ways of listing and categorising their data and not everybody will use the same contract register as you – if they use one at all. Hence, disparate, inconsistent and missing data.

We have turned this on its head. We profile EVERY organisation for their data. We collect it ourselves and maintain it ensuring consistency. Now everybody can focus on using the data rather than keeping it clean- this gives everybody full access to everybody else’s contract and spend data, creating the most robust price comparison and benchmarking tool available and creates a platform to identify every opportunity to collaborate and aggregate on spend. Never before has this been achieved.

We started to collect data with the aim of creating ‘full visibility’ of spend. We profile EVERY* organisation for their contract data** across a number of categories. This ensures that the data is ALWAYS present, consistent, clean and easy to use.

To build an online, centralised place for this data to be stored, accessed, and searched.

To conduct further research with people who need access to this data to understand what extra tools and functionalities were needed to gain as much advantage as possible out of the existing data we had collected. We spoke with 100’s of people. Including but not limited to Heads and Directors of Procurement, Category Managers, Data Analysts, CIO’s, Heads of ICT

To implement suggestions, ideas and feedback in to our centralised database. CSPG Be Connected was then born. Not only is the data searchable and easy to gain advantage from, we have also implemented additional tools and functionalities to add value to the portal. A contract management tool, a full profiled document library that is populated with ICT strategies and procurement documents and a framework tool that will show you EVERY available framework to ensure you maximise every opportunity to save both time and money. New ideas and development are being work on constantly.

To conduct tests on the system and make it ready for a beta launch.

Beta Group. We now have a team that is leading innovation within public sector procurement and buying. We have representation from the entire UK Public Sector. The only team of public sector workers coming together from all verticals and regions to discuss collaboration and to help shape the future landscape of public sector procurement.

The beta group is open to individuals and organisations who want to get involved in the biggest project of its kind.
To be part of the beta group and to get access to our data, join now.
Never before has ‘full visibility’*** been achieved!

Andrew Smith
Project Director
T: 0161 791 1421
E: anj@thepublicpurse.org.uk