As new tech and processes enable governments to offer services very differently to citizens, 'innovation' has become more and more important. And 'innovative procurement' (how governments get innovation from their vendors) is therefore becoming very important. But, what exactly that phrase means can easily be 'in the eye of the beholder.'
I'd like to start this week's discussions on this topic with a short article outlining four possible definitions - and I agree with the one suggested as the most important and meaningful definition.
However, we might argue that an even more important issue is encouraging innovation from every and any supplier (and contract). This is the principle that, in every procurement exercise and contract across the government sector, we should seek out and encourage innovative ideas and plans around the supply of goods or services.