Maximising Social Value in Public Sector Contracts to Deliver on Strategic Priorities

February 29 2024

Northern Ireland’s public services invest approximately £3billion annually on supplies, services and construction.  This expenditure offers significant potential to contribute to economic, environmental and social outcomes for our society.

Realising that potential means that tenders for public contracts are assessed on the basis of social value, as well as cost and quality.  Procurement Policy Note  (PPN) 01/21 Scoring Social Value [pdf version 06 Oct 2022].PDF (, mandates that since 1 June 2022 relevant tenders must allocatee a minimum of 10% of the total award criteria to score social value.

This approach has represented a step change for both government and tending organisations.  Guidance to support the implementation of the policy has been developed by the Social Value Unit at the Strategic Investment Board and is available on

At this event, we will hear from a range of organisations about how this new approach is enabling delivery against broader strategies and policies based on  the four themes set out in PPN 01/21.  We will also hear recommendations on how social value opportunities can be maximized to ensure meaningful social value is delivered.

Introduction & Context: Sharon Smyth, Chief Executive, Construction & Procurement Delivery CPD & Lisa Beers Head of Social Value Unit, SIB

Employment & Skills: Julie O’Sullivan Head of Procurement, Education Authority

Ethical & Resilient Supply Chains: Maeve Monaghan, Chief Executive, NOW Group

Net Zero: Eilis Kelly, Head of Commercial, NI Water

Promoting Wellbeing: Lisa McElherron, Group Director of Insight, Engagement and Innovation, Inspire Wellbeing


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