Monthly Archive for: ‘September, 2014’

  • National Citizen Service (NCS) 2013 – Evaluation – Main Report – Part 1 of 2

    In a civilsociety.co.uk blog post on 14th August 2014 I read about an evaluation of the NCS 2013, which concluded the service had provided good value for money. It was the comment about good value for money that caught my attention. It’s abstract, meaningless and …

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  • National Citizen Service (NCS) 2013 – Evaluation – Main Report – Part 2 of 2

    In a civilsociety.co.uk blog post on 14th August 2014 I read about an evaluation of the NCS 2013, which concluded the service had provided good value for money. It was the comment about good value for money that caught my attention. It’s abstract, meaningless and …

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  • The truth about value for money

    Every contract achieves some value for money. So I can’t accuse anyone of lying if they say their contract is value for money. However, almost every time they utter value for money the person doing the uttering means something completely different from this literal meaning. …

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  • The best value fallacy

    Best value is the best; it’s better than anything else that is possible and available. This appears, at least superficially, to be sensible, rational and believable. Unfortunately it isn’t possible because best value is abstract nonsense; it’s a fallacy.   Why use misuse best value …

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  • Leading tender questions

    A leading question gives explicit clues to potential suppliers as to what a purchaser expects to see in their answers. Here’s an example from Defra’s “Balanced scorecard for public food procurement”. Supply Chain (applicable to caterers and to the direct supply of products)
Please describe the …

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