Over the last two years, MRS has successfully assisted government as it has developed its post-COI market research procurement arrangements, focusing on delivering research procurement which is affordable and sustainable.
In 2012 the Market Research Society (MRS) issued a comprehensive report of recommendations for market research procurement following the closure of COI. You can download the first report below.
Subsequent to this, MRS has just completed an in-depth operational review of the market research procurement framework process that has been led variously by the Government Procurement Service, UK Shared Business Services Ltd and Crown Commercial Services.
Also below is a copy of the new MRS report detailing the results of our review, the lessons that have been learnt together with recommendations for the future.
The management at UK SBS has been open in encouraging this report and should be congratulated on their willingness to listen to the more critical of the findings that it contains.
However, there is significant scope for improvement in a number of areas and we will continue to work on your behalf to have our recommendations fully implemented by UK SBS, across government and the public sector.
In order that we can assist government in adopting a continuous improvement approach we would welcome any subsequent feedback you have of your experience with the framework and government research procurement in general.
These recommendations will also be used as the basis for the creation of procurement best practice advice which MRS is currently developing.