Changes with Digital Outcomes 6
The new Digital Outcomes framework arrived in 2023 for suppliers and buyers to use. A reduced version of the original DOS framework from this iteration. It only has 3 Lots: Digital Outcomes, User Research Studios, and User Research Participants.
There is overlap with Digital Outcomes & Specialists 5 though. With business closing in April 2023 through that framework. You can still use this through the Digital Marketplace.
Digital Outcomes 6 will be usable through the Public Procurement Gateway, the frameworks new home.
Where it came from
Digital Outcomes has been created from what was Digital Outcomes and Specialists (DOS). If you’re familiar with the original framework, you may notice the new Digital Outcomes framework is essentially just Lot 1 of DOS encapsulated in its own handy framework.
What’s in scope?
Digital Outcomes will be open to all suppliers for 2 years, plus a further 1-year optional extension.
Forming Outcomes as a framework in itself will allow further competition yet more niche.
Supply services using Agile development methodology as preference
Comply with Technology Code of Practice
Working according to the Gov Service Design Manual
Support Buyers through
Service Standard Assessments
Comply with any standards that are compulsory with Gov
Develop services based on Open Standards & accessible data protocols
How does it all work?
The application process hasn’t changed very much at all compared to DOS. All it will require is suppliers ensuring they can meet the requirements to be listed and bid on the opportunities via the framework. As always, getting listed on Digital Outcomes 6 will be a straightforward process as long as suppliers can provide Digital Outcomes as required by the public sector. The big change, however, is that it is expected that suppliers will have to provide pricing on application! Any changes are all made by CCS in an attempt to make the process better for both suppliers and buyers. The public sector need an easier way to procure solutions to their outcomes, and after feedback from both parties have settled on this. We’re excited to see how it progresses!
Suppliers awarded a place will be able to respond and bid to the tender opportunities posted by buyers via the Public Procurement Gateway.
Buyers will place an opportunity open to see by all, and then suppliers will have to compose 100-word responses to each requirement. These answers are evaluated using the MEAT criteria, and successful bidders will be invited to Stage 2.
Stage 2 works a little differently and involves suppliers creating a proposal. How this is delivered is entirely up to the buyers requirements, but so far we’ve seen written proposals, presentations, and more used through DOS.
The New Digital Programmes and Specialists Framework
With Lot 2 being removed from the Digital Marketplace for DOS6 in 2022 – which will be known as Digital Outcomes 6 – Digital Specialists & Programmes RM6263 (DSP) is a new framework on the scene.
Although now held separately to Digital Outcomes, the provision of Specialists to the public sector is an important part of the government’s digital transformation. The first iteration of which will run until 2024.
There are two main Lots for Digital Specialists & Programmes: Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) specialist resources, and Digital transformation programmes.
What is in scope?
There are two main categories with the DSP framework. Unlike when Digital Specialists were listed on Digital Outcomes & Specialists, this framework can be more specific in what it asks for.
Essentially, suppliers on the framework must be able to provide ALL of; research, test, design, build, release, iteration, support and retirement of digital services, outcomes and deliverables.
Of course, this only applies to digital and technology solutions – everything else is out of scope.
How does it all work?
For applications, it’s a much bigger submission than typical for Digital Outcomes & Specialists. For the first iteration, suppliers were (expectedly) asked to provide details of their social value commitments and to show how their provisions can benefit public sector services.
When the Digital Specialists & Programmes framework goes Live in 2022, it will be held separately from the Digital Marketplace. Although still hand-in-hand with Digital Outcomes, the DSP framework will sit on the new government portal called Contract a Thing.
There isn’t much we know about this new portal just yet, but we expect it to be a useful tool that buyers in the public sector can use to find the solutions they want, easily and effectively. Putting many services and providers in one place.
The framework operates using Further Competition, like many other CCS routes to market. However, the ability for Direct Award is there within Lot 1. Meaning that if a buyer finds the best provider for their DDat specialist requirements, they can award the contract to them (if done compliantly).
If you’re still wondering whether the DOS framework is for you, get in touch and we can help you decide!