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In December 2017, the IPA set out an ambitious plan for transforming infrastructure and the construction sector over the long term through its Transforming Infrastructure Performance (TIP) programme. As part of
TIP, the IPA established a dedicated unit to support benchmarking initiatives with the aim of embedding a consistent approach to benchmarking across major infrastructure projects and programmes.
This document introduces the IPA’s recommended methodology for benchmarking and includes a step-by-step guide to undertaking, or commissioning, a benchmarking exercise. It sets out why sponsors and delivery bodies, such as Government Departments and Arm’s-Length Bodies (ALBs), and consultants and suppliers, could benefit from using benchmarking to improve project performance.
Following this guidance, the IPA published a benchmarking capability tool which supports organisations to measure and improve their benchmarking capability against industry best practice.