1. The evidencing and measuring of social value remains the least developed part of the process.
2. Developing systems for comparing the ‘worth’ of different kinds of social value arguably presents an even greater challenge.
3. Many commissioners still want to see specific examples of social value outcomes that can legitimately be included in contracts. While it is difficult to formulate specific examples for all types of spend and for all contract values, Oldham Council’s Social Value procurement framework (June 2013) illustrates that it is possible to include a broad range of examples across most spend categories.
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