5 examples of social value in the public sector
We've covered what social value is, but what are some examples of it being applied to public services?
Here at Advice Gov we pride ourselves on helping suppliers demonstrate their social value to the UK government. Providing them with support and advice on how to demonstrate what good they can bring to public services via frameworks, bids and marketing. However, sometimes it’s hard to get to grips with just what social value is. We often get asked for some examples of social value, though. So we thought we’d take a closer look, using the Social Value Portal‘s guidance as a launching pad.
5 examples of social value that providers can deliver within the public sector…
By providing a solution, product or service to the public sector. Suppliers should be able to demonstrate how they can help benefit jobs (largely in the locality of the contract), and even increase them. Public sector buyers procuring from companies who can provide careers and jobs will be much happier. It’s also an easier metric to measure and see if it’s being met than many other examples of social value.
Not just by increasing job opportunities but by providing better public services that help citizens. Local Government especially have a keen focus on bettering the provisions to communities and people who live in their areas. For example, companies should be willing to (or have in the past) supporting communities in being safer, helping with homelessness and helping communities grow.
Quite a big one. A big example of social value in public sector procurement is tackling climate change and working towards Net Zero. The public sector have targets to hit when it comes to this, so suppliers they choose have to be on board.
Innovation and new ways of working
It’s no good being stuck in the past, that’s for sure. Social Value in the public sector means helping services move forward. Utilising new technologies to help citizens and build communities. Do your services or products rehash what’s been before, or do they bring something new and forward-thinking to the table?
Helping business to grow
It’s not just citizens local to the contract that are important – it’s other business too. Are you helping your supply chains grow? Are you helping local businesses to get involved and encouraging them to expand in the public sector space? SMEs are important and the UK government has a big problem working with the same big companies. If you can prove you work with local businesses and SMEs, you’re on to a winner.