Building on their experience from organising market events as part of the Make ICT Fair project, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and Electronics Watch developed a guide, aiming to help public procurers go through a succesful market dialogue event. The guide identifies six steps that procurers should keep in mind.
Market dialogues are especially relevent in the context of innovation procurement, as these kinds of procurements often aim to connect to social and environmental values. A market dialogue serves to coordinate these social and environmental goals with the market. Moreover, market dialogue events can be used to collaborate with other public buyers to develop platforms of innovation.
The six steps are all explained in detail in the guide. There you can also find an overview of some of the lessons public procurers all over Europe have learned from market dialogues. In addition, the guide provides an overview of how market dialogues fit in the 2014 EU Directives on Public Procurement. The guide can be downloaded: