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Elevate public services.

You want to radically improve public services.
You want smarter, better public contracts that deliver results for residents.
You also know change is hard.

Open Contracting Lift can help you go further, faster.

Open Contracting Lift is an exciting new program that will help teams of bold procurement reformers propel their ambitious plans towards systemic change.

Over 14 months, you’ll receive extensive, tailored support from leading experts and peers to help you surmount common barriers to impact. Learn how to effectively build buy-in, use open data, and establish new ways of working with public contracts. Then apply your new skills to develop an agile game plan and put it into action.

Win over skeptics, break free from legacy systems, attract reliable vendors, and more! Applications open soon—sign up now to stay informed.

Applications will be open for six weeks, starting in July. Sign up now and stay up-to-date.

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Why Apply?

Level up.

Open to any teams using public contracting to improve people’s lives, this competitive program will help you build a foundation for sustainable contracting reform, going from open data standards to open data solutions that are user- and performance-driven.

Get unstuck and create impact.

With 100 days of technical support, including one-on-one guidance and applied problem-solving, this program will supercharge your team’s current efforts to improve public goods, works, or services.

Learn globally, change locally.

Your team will be connected to experienced peers who have faced similar challenges in their own contracting contexts, giving you the expert hacks you need to achieve your goals.

How it Works

Practitioner teams will be selected through a competitive process. We are looking for teams of all types who have big ideas for using open contracting to improve the governance and quality of public goods, works, or services. Your goal might relate to service implementation: building safe roads, making trains run on time, stocking hospitals with the best medicines, or hiring qualified school teachers. Or your focus could be more specific to public procurement: making your city’s procurement efficient, digital, and business-friendly, or boosting opportunities for women’s businesses to supply to government. It’s up to you.

The program has two parts:

Part 1: Building Foundations

(Oct 2019 to Jan 2020, 3 months)

Five teams learn how to identify strategic entry points, engage stakeholders, apply practices to become more effective, and build robust strategies for implementation and monitoring impact.

Part 2: Guiding Implementation

(Feb to Dec 2020, 11 months)

Three teams are chosen to receive hands-on, custom support as they build, test, and embed best practices in their initiatives.