How Digital Marketplace suppliers have been evaluated
- Government Digital Service
- Part of:
- Digital Marketplace buyers and suppliers information and Central government efficiency
- First published:
- 18 April 2016
How suppliers apply to get on the Digital Marketplace.
The Digital Marketplace team and the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) don’t evaluate suppliers or their individual services.
When you buy a service through the Digital Marketplace, you must check that both the supplier and the service can meet your needs. This means that you must write clear requirements and evaluate suppliers against them.
The application process
There are 2 parts to the supplier application process on the Digital Marketplace. Suppliers have to:
- Confirm information about their company history and the way they work through a series of questions. This is called the ‘supplier declaration’.
- Add information about the services that they want to offer.
The supplier declaration
Suppliers are legally required to meet a set of minimum standards. Only those suppliers who state that they meet these minimum standards in the supplier declaration are considered for a place on a framework (agreement between government and suppliers).
All G-Cloud and Digital Outcomes and Specialists suppliers on the Digital Marketplace have to confirm that they:
- agree to the G-Cloud or Digital Outcomes and Specialists framework terms and conditions
- will take full responsibility for the work they do
- haven’t broken any laws in the last 5 years
Digital Outcomes and Specialists suppliers also have to confirm that they’ll work according to:
- Civil Service values
- the government’s digital-by-default service standard
- the government technology code of practice
As well as completing the supplier declaration, all suppliers have to provide information on their services. The details suppliers are asked to give depends on the category they apply to.
Digital Outcomes and Specialists service details
Digital Outcomes and Specialists services have to fit into 1 of 4 categories, or ‘lots’:
- digital outcomes, eg a team to provide a booking system beta or an accessibility audit
- digital specialists, eg an individual developer or user researcher to work on a specific project
- user research studios
- user research participants
Digital Outcomes and Specialists suppliers must include information like:
- where they can work
- how much their services cost
- details of their experience
G-Cloud service details
For G-Cloud, each service has to fit into 1 of 4 different categories:
- Software as a Service, eg accounting tools or email software
- Platform as a Service, eg platforms that provide a basis for building other services and applications
- Infrastructure as a Service, eg content delivery networks or hosting platforms
- Specialist cloud services, eg data migrations or IT health checks
G-Cloud suppliers must include information like:
- how secure their services are
- how much their services cost
- where they store their data
- whether their services are based on open standards
After suppliers have been accepted on to a framework, CCS:
- monitors supplier credit scores, eg Experian credit scores and Dun & Bradstreet financial stress scores
- investigates specific queries raised about suppliers
- performs random spot checks on services to ensure they match the information provided in supplier applications
It’s your responsibility to check whether the supplier can offer a service that meets your needs.
Published: 18 April 2016