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How to monitor emergency procurement with open data: lessons from 12 countries - Camila Salazar, Open Contracting Partnership

This was presented at mySociety's TICTeC Show & Tell event, which was held virtually on 23rd March 2020. More details on the event can be found here: https://tictec.mysociety.org/showandtells/2021

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How to monitor emergency procurement with open data: lessons from 12 countries - Camila Salazar, Open Contracting Partnership

  1. 1. How to monitor emergency procurement with open data Camila Salazar Lead Data Analyst @milamila07 @open-contracting csalazar@open-contracting.org
  2. 2. ● Massive supply & demand shock ● Widespread use & abuse of emergency procedures PROCUREMENT DURING COVID-19 How can we improve efficiency, effectiveness, fairness, integrity, and equity of public contracting during the emergency?
  3. 3. 1,350,000+ contracts analyzed by research teams in 12 countries
  4. 4. WHAT WE LEARNED
  5. 5. NOT ENOUGH DATA AVAILABLE ➔ In seven countries emergency contracts were not being disclosed in open data formats or information was published only partially. ➔ Only 2 countries had a tag to identify accurately the contracts related to the COVID-19 emergency ➔ Delays in the publication of contracts Tag contracts, make publication mandatory, improve data quality, train public officials
  6. 6. COUNTRIES FACED SIMILAR RISKS ➔ Higher and uncertain prices for key items ➔ High use of multipurpose suppliers ➔ Companies with no previous experience in the public procurement market ➔ Inefficiencies in the process Publish item unit prices, Publication of reference prices Collect & publish information about suppliers: previous experience, business purpose, background checks
  7. 7. DATA DRIVEN SOLUTIONS ➔ Indexing system in the Philippines to match suppliers with local governments ➔ Interactive platform in Paraguay to explore emergency contracts, compare historical prices and analyze information about the awarded suppliers ➔ The team from Uruguay implemented an experiment to measure the effect of direct civic monitoring in public procurement ➔ Colombia developed a methodology to calculate a Multipurpose Supplier Index, which can be used to identify higher risk suppliers, based on their historical data
  8. 8. ADVOCACY IS KEY ➔ Teams presented findings and recommendations to key stakeholders ➔ Capacity building sessions with public officials ➔ Local media picked up on research findings ➔ Follow up research
  9. 9. Camila Salazar Lead Data Analyst csalazar@open-contracting.org Follow us on: Twitter: @opencontracting Facebook: opencontracting www.open-contracting.org Subscribe to our newsletter DATA QUESTIONS? data@open-contracting.org

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