Writing an Output Specification

In PFI procurements the public sector is seeking total solutions for us operational needs. Expect in financially free-standing projects, which involve no public money, a public sector client will be using taxpayers' money to purchase public services from the private sector. The public sector pays for the delivery of the services, rather than buying assets which may be used to help provide that services.

Scope of Guidance

This guidance is not exhaustive but should assist those responsible for the success of PFI projects to recognise and understand the benefits and key elements of a well thought out specification based on outputs. The questions and lists in this guidance will need to be expanded and tailored to your needs. Use them to trigger your own thoughts and questions. Guidance Note no. 30 published by the Treasury's Central Unit on Procurement provides fuller advice on how to develop specifications generally.