This report presents the results of an independent evaluation undertaken by Allen and Clarke between January and July 2015 on the effectiveness of the NZ Transport Agency (the Transport Agency) procurement policy framework and its implementation by four road controlling authorities (RCAs) in physical works and professional services procurement.
A review of international and national literature identified key success factors for good practice in outsourced procurement and informed the development of an evaluation framework.
The Transport Agency’s policy governance and implementation by RCAs in Auckland, Ruapehu, Dunedin and Central Otago were assessed against the framework using stakeholder interviews and site document data.
Key evaluation recommendations were to: strengthen policy alignment with Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment regulations; revise and reformat the NZ Transport Agency’s
Procurement manual to enhance usability and impact; increase support for RCA strategy development; drive system innovation and VFM; enhance monitoring of national supplier markets in local roading and measurement and reporting processes; and further research to profile RCA procurement nationally.
The report will inform ongoing review by the Transport Agency of its policy framework and will support future improvement of the policy procedures and guidelines for the sector.
Keywords: Evaluation, physical works procurement, procurement policy, professional services procurement, purchaser organisations, roading outcomes