Summary The Open Contracting Partnership (OCP) is a silo-busting global non-profit linking governments, businesses, civil society and technologists. We help to open up government contracting and deal-making through disclosure, data and engagement so that the huge sums of money involved are spent honestly, fairly and effectively. Based in Washington DC, we work to transform public procurement around the world to make it smarter and fairer.
One of the most frequent requests we get from implementers at all stages of the open contracting journey is who is publishing what kinds of information, and to what level. We are aware of some fourteen datasets currently in OCDS, and want to summarize and report on the data contained in these datasets. This consultant will compare data availability across the current OCDS publishers and report on two dimensions: the data coverage (ie- fields published) and scope (ie- by range of dimensions such as agency and sector). Summarizing this information in an internal research product for OCP to learn about the progress in the field will enable us to give better support and advice to our partners across the globe.
Background One of the most frequent questions we are asked during meetings with field partners is, “Who else is publishing open contracting data?” Actors from across all sectors are keen to know who is tracking what types of information, how they are publishing those data, and what the coverage and scope of those data are. In spite of the widespread interest in a analyses of the state of existing OCDs data, we have yet to consolidate this information in one place.
Analyzing which OCDS publishers are publishing what has concrete benefits, including:
Consistency of information: Maintaining a common narrative about publishing milestones and preventing miscommunications
Internal awareness: Increased internal understanding of the work of our field partners
Improved support to potential implementers: Improved ability to answer concrete questions about OCDS publication and provide examples of OCDS in action
Field building maximization: Increased ability to link up actors who are working on the same types of projects and can share resources and knowledge
External transparency: Stronger narrative about open contracting and how OCP conducts its work
Through this consultancy, we want to be able to answer questions including:
Which implementers are publishing OCDS data? Which are publishing data that validate?
Which implementers are using extensions? Which extensions are they using?
Which phases of the procurement cycle does each implementer report?
Which fields does each implementer report?
What is the level of publication of Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced fields by each implementer? To what star level is each implementer publishing?
What is the scope of data coverage of each implementer? Possible dimensions include agency, sector, time, procurement methods, and thresholds.
Are there OCDS fields that are not reported by any implementer?
Where are there data gaps, both at the implementer and global level?
Objectives The key objective for this consultancy is the development of a the technical code needed for the assessment methodology and a summary report of the results. The priority for the report is to develop an internal understanding the current state of OCDS data and sharing these learnings in a way that is useful for the end user. The consultant will have flexibility in formatting and designing the final product.
Documenting who is publishing what will require two principal workstreams: 1. Assessing the individual data coverage (ie- fields published) of the currently available OCDS datasets; and 2. Assessing the scope (ie- by range of dimensions such as agency and sector) of the currently available OCDS datasets.
We expect the consultant to undertake the following tasks to meet these two challenges.
1) Analyzing each of the available OCDS datasets Assessing the current state of OCDS data worldwide begins with conducting an analysis of the information being published in each of our current publishers. OCP will engage with the consultant will develop a methodology that includes how to run the coverage analysis through developing a set of queries to run against a database of known OCDS datasets. This OCDS database will be developed in advance and falls outside of this scope of this ToR.
2) Comparing data availability across the available OCDS datasets Having analyzed the available datasets, the consultant can then compare OCDS data availability globally. The consultant will not rank the datasets, but rather summarize information about data availability and completeness across at least two dimensions:
Data coverage: What specific OCDS fields publishers report
Data scope: Availability across the aforementioned range of dimensions such as agency, sector, and states of the procurement cycle
The consultant will have flexibility in what format the final report will take. At a minimum, the final deliverables for this internal knowledge product must include:
The methodology developed, which must be replicable. This includes:
The queries ran on the database for the coverage analysis
The mapping developed for the context and scope analysis
The results of the analysis
At least 5 years’ experience in data analysis and database querying
Experience in stakeholder outreach and engagement
Great communicator with a snappy, engaging writing style
Technical precision and fluency in one or more programming languages
Experience working with data standards
Significant knowledge of public procurement generally
Experience with SQL
Fluent in English
Intellectual curiosity, coupled with an innovative and entrepreneurial drive
Grace and flexibility, with a skeptical mind; A critical friend
Impeccable integrity and a real understanding of our mission
Exceptional candidates will also have the following:
Fluency in (or translation support included for) Spanish highly valued
Skill in comfort translating technical ideas to nontechnical audiences
Evaluation Proposals will be evaluated against four criteria:
Work-plan proposal and vision: 40%
Languages and communication skill: 10%
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