Open Data: A Powerful Tool for Governments Looking to Transform Procurement

When:  Jun 6, 2023 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (ET)
*This course will be primarily facilitated in English.

Posting procurement data publicly is a powerful tool for governments looking to transform their procurement processes. In this workshop we will explore how the principles of the open data movement—which aims to make government data available to the public, free of charge, with no restrictions on use, and easy to access—apply to procurement data, including questions such as:
  • How opening your procurement data goes beyond simply posting upcoming contracting opportunities publicly on a vendor portal, and why you should consider making procurement forecasts, award details, contract information, and implementation plans public as well;
  • How to take the next step in your journey towards opening your procurement data, whether you’re just getting started or have already made some information public;
  • How to tackle internal resistance to sharing procurement information.
Opening your procurement data can have a real impact on efforts to make procurement more efficient, effective, equitable, transparent, and innovative. This workshop will help you get started.

This event is especially designed for cities pursuing What Works Cities certification, and will provide support in meeting the RDC7 criterion: "Your local government embeds opening and sharing data throughout the entire procurement process lifecycle in order to increase bid competitiveness and strengthen procurement transparency and accountability."

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About What Works Cities

This learning opportunity and more are available to staff in cities that have completed our online self-Assessment for What Works Cities Certification. The What Works Cities Certification program, launched in 2017 by Bloomberg Philanthropies and led by Results for America, is the first-of-its-kind standard of excellence for data-driven, well-managed local government. Open to cities in North and South America with a population of at least 30,000, What Works Cities Certification welcomes cities at all points in their data journey. Take the Assessment, join our Community and lead with data!