On behalf of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Useful Projects is undertaking a research project into social value within the infrastructure sector.
A 2015 review of the Public Services (Social Value) Act concluded that ‘despite its growing awareness amongst public bodies, the incorporation of social value in actual procurements appears to be relatively low when considered against the number and value of procurements across the whole public sector.’ The ICE is keen to understand how the infrastructure sector performs in this context.
The research will highlight best practice, but also identify barriers to the creation of social value within the delivery of infrastructure projects. By evidencing the implementation gap, we can identify a programme of awareness raising, education, tools and processes to drive progress.
The research approach includes a desk study, interviews, an industry questionnaire and roundtable event. The output of this research is due to be published in Spring 2020.