THE VALUE OF CONSULTING IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR
This report has been compiled for all buyers and users of consulting within public services.
This report has been compiled by the Management Consultancies Association for all buyers and users of consulting within public services.
It serves as a guide for the types of value Government should be expecting from consulting. Government is one of the biggest clients for the Consulting industry and we at the MCA recognise that all consultancies want to ensure they are achieving the very best of outcomes and value for money for every Government client.
This report will:
- Show how consultants can bring value to the public sector
- Provide real examples of best practice of delivering with consultants
- Give you an overview of the MCA and the ways in which it is driving up Consulting Excellence standards
“While government has considerable resources at its disposal, it cannot do everything by itself. It needs the dynamism and innovation that only a healthy, diverse marketplace of suppliers can provide. I see it as the duty of both government and industry alike to restore, repair and rebuild that trust between us. It is … through lively, innovative and dynamic markets that high-quality, effective services are created.”
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Consultants play a vital role in the public sector and according to a recent independent survey by Circle Research, are valued by public sector leaders for the transformational impact, innovation and increased efficiency they bring.
Consultants deliver additional benefits and value for public sector clients enabling the organisation to deliver public services uninterrupted and consultants help central government and local authorities get better results with less money.
Consultants bring up to date and innovative thinking and experience from a wide variety of sectors and markets to deliver the best solution for public sector clients.
Consultants are outcome focused and deliver real return on investment for the work delivered.
Consultants provide technical, sector and market insights to deliver better solutions and outcomes, improving efficiency and doing more with less.
Consultants bring tools, platforms and accelerators which improve not only the value of services achieved but increase the speed to value and bring genuine pace to the government’s delivery of services.
Senior ministers confirm the importance to government of engaging external suppliers in the transformation of public sector organisations and the delivery of public services.
WE ARE EXTERNAL AND INDEPENDENT
Organisations may need an independent view for consensus building and decision making.
Organisations cannot afford to employ, cultivate and retain the wide range of skills and expertise they might need for specific projects.
Organisations may lack the in-house capacity, or have difficulty recruiting the right skills to deliver key projects.
Organisations can achieve results within defined fixed term and cost parameters.