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Outcomes Based Specification Writing - Public Sector

Get the most up to date techniques in specification and pricing design.

Barony College


£144 inc VAT
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6 hours · Self-paced
No formal qualification
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This course take participants through the process of writing outcome based service contract specifications.

It is designed for managers and staff involved in producing service specifications.

The drive for improved public sector commercialisation is taking many forms. None more important than improving contracting skills and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of government spending.

No matter what part of the public sector you are in, scarce resources have to be used effectively and this is being translated into improved standards of service specifications.

For a re-tender, just dusting down a service specification written 10 years ago is often no longer appropriate for today’s market.

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How sure are you that you are using the most up to date techniques in specification and pricing design?

Barony’s research:

Our research has shown that issues of pricing outcomes have not progressed as expected. Failures to change pricing models accordingly is leading to unsustainable service offerings.

After this course, participants will:
* Understand the need for outcome based specifications;
* Consider the impact of Social Value in specification development;
* Understand how to produce a professional specification;
* Understand the benefits of sourcing quality suppliers to ensure value for money;
* Have an overview of pricing models; and
* Use practical examples to draft specifications.

Who is this course for?

It is aimed at officers involved in the commissioning, award or management of contracts so they understand the key issues involved in specification writing, tendering and award of contract.


The course is open to anyone in the Public Sector with an interest in preparing specifications and pricing proposals.

Career path

Procurement and tender management.

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Barony Certificate in Outcomes-Based Specification Writing and Pricing

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