Capacity building for procuring innovation in Turin, Italy
The City of Turin has an overall target to reduce CO2 emissions by over 40% by 2020 and is committed to the procurement of innovative products and services by the administration. One priority of the Torino Smart City Initiative, launched in 2011, is to promote innovation in the region, particularly smart and clean technologies, and includes a focus on “administrative innovation”.
From November 2011 to March 2012 a training programme was established by the city on how to foster innovation at each stage of the procurement procedure, with a focus on the construction sector.
The course was designed following a preliminary analysis of gaps and needs. It consisted of 28 training hours, spread over 7 half day sessions, and covered three main skills areas:
- Strategy setting (2 half day sessions)
- Legal and administrative issues - including procurement procedures and contractual models (2 sessions)
- Techniques and technological skills - including techniques for understanding and engaging with the market (early market engagement techniques), and the presentation of innovative products, techniques and services in the field of sustainable construction and ICT (3 sessions)
The multidisciplinary course was targeted at departmental heads in the works and services sector. however it was also open to experts from other public authorities, with staff also attending from the Region of piedmont, the province of Turin, the Turin Chamber of Commerce, local public utilities (transport, water, energy, ICT), the University of Turin, and the polytechnic of Turin.
75 people regularly participated in the training course, with 80% coming from the municipal administration itself. The course focused strongly on the promotion of interdepartmental co-operation, and establishing the clear link with the Torino Smart City initiative and other relevant activities.
The course has also led to the identification of a showcase project for the development of model procedures and procurement documents. The PROLITE project, running from 2012 – 2015, will carry out PPI activities in the field of public lighting. A multidisciplinary project team will be established and interested colleagues will be able to follow the preparation activities and documentation through the collaboration platform being established. Further training is also planned for 2012-2013.
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