Title: Public private partnerships, reevaluating value for money

Authors: Robert Eadie; Phillip Millar; Luke Toner

Addresses: School of the Built Environment, University of Ulster, Jordanstown Campus, Shore Road, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, BT37 0QB, UK ' School of the Built Environment, University of Ulster, Jordanstown Campus, Shore Road, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, BT37 0QB, UK ' ODM Group Limited, 1A Mullavat Road, Newry, BT34 2QB, UK

Abstract: Recession imposes significant pressures on resources, efficiency and effectiveness requiring inevitably, a detailed consideration of what constitutes the current understanding of value for money (VFM). Although a frequently quoted term, the literature indicates the historical development and understanding of VFM within the public private partnering (PPP) context is ambiguous, offering competing understandings. Against this background the study presents, analyses and evaluates quantitative and qualitative data obtained from 50 companies that participated in a web-based survey. Its purpose determined if contractors considered the PPP process constituted VFM. Practitioners' responses resolved ambiguities around VFM and established which literature confirms the best current understanding. Factors essential to achieving and measuring VFM are considered in detail and clarified including a series of key performance indicators (KPI) listed by Kagioglou et al. (2001). These are shown to perform differently for PPP projects. Conclusions confirm that in recession, practitioners still consider the PPP process constitutes VFM.

Keywords: value for money; VFM; public private partnerships; PPP; private finance initiative; key performance indicators; KPI; pricing accuracy.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPM.2013.052467

International Journal of Procurement Management, 2013 Vol.6 No.2, pp.152 - 169

Published online: 30 Jan 2014 *

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