Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS)

As Co-operative Councils, our members are at the cutting edge of policy innovation – and it can be a tough place to be. Councils often need to move quickly and flexibly to be on the front foot when it comes to ‘doing things differently’.

Sometimes it is necessary to bring in extra capacity and specific expertise to be able to do this, and there can also be a need to seek independent challenge to test assumptions and policy design. The CCIN recognises this and wants its members to be as enabled as possible to develop practical policy solutions as quickly and informed as possible – and this is where the DPS comes in.




In 2019 the Co-operative Councils’ Innovation Network (CCIN) undertook a tender process to find organisations that could:

  • inspire and design innovative co-operative policy over several policy areas and themes, with a focus on delivering differently and redesign of public services in line with cooperative values and principles
  • demonstrate the ability to build capacity and leave a legacy that continues to deliver outcomes even after the funding and supporting resources have moved out
  • bring credibility and profile to the work of the CCIN reaching across a wide range of sectors and agencies.

A Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) is a completely electronic system to purchase goods, works or services. Unlike a traditional framework, suppliers can apply to join at any time. It is an ‘open market’ solution designed to provide buyers with access to a pool of pre-qualified suppliers.

Our multi-supplier DPS allows all CCIN Members and Associate Members (and the CCIN itself) to select from a specialist, prescribed pool of organisations to help in developing policy, implementing prototypes and building capacity, both in communities and inside the organisation. The DPS has been split into 2 lots;

  • Lot 1 – Policy Development & Testing
  • Lot 2 – Capacity Building

The DPS period runs from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2025.  Because it’s dynamic, organisations can apply to join the DPS at any time during that period.  If you are interested please follow this link: https://bit.ly/2N7ArvM

Click the image below to download a PowerPoint presentation on how to access the DPS.  This was shared with Procurement Leads on 27 May 2020.




Follow the links below to find out more about each of the organisations on the DPS.


4OC Change and Transformation | Covid-19 Support | Digital and Technology| Customer Experience| People Development website



Branding.coop Co-operative identity | Communications | Events | Marketing | Membership | Global cooperative connections website



Coop College Logo

Co-operative College Learning and development for co-operatives | Development of new co-operatives | Co-operative research | Education website


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Co-operative Futures Creating co-operative solutions, Specialist co-operative advice, Community economic development, Community shares practitioners website



Co-operatives UK Expert co-operative consultancy services and practical advice for co-ops of all kinds website




Centrifuge Project and programme design, appraisal, monitoring and evaluation; social and economic impact website



CLES is the national organisation for local economies – developing progressive economics for people/planet/place website




 Climate Positive Community shares, co-operative legal structures, business planning, financial projections, climate action website.



    Collaborate CIC Leadership development | Collaboration | Systems thinking | Place-based change | Strategy design | Public service reform website



Crellin Consulting We support organisations in policy/programme design, collaboration and impact management/ evaluation website




Ideas Alliance We provide collaborative, strengths-based, co-production and community-driven approaches website





Made Open Building better communities using design and technology website




Mutual Ventures Supporting sustainable services through innovative delivery models which empower staff and communities website




 Peopletoo Supporting Local Government through design and implementation of affordable, outcome-focused services website




RedQuadrant Commissioning | Customer-focus | Leadership | Alternative delivery models | Transformation & change | People/Organisation Development  | Digital website



Ruby Star Associates Innovation projects to change thinking about real-world challenges and drive action website




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The Behaviouralist Behavioural Science Research & Consultancy | Council Tax & Business Rates Arrears Reduction | Productivity & Well-being  website



Trueman Change Project Management | Change Management | Business Transformation | Evaluations | Business Analysis | Coaching | Service Re-design website




    Unlimited Potential  We produce social innovation with local people, solving problems of large organisations website