The intern will play a key role in helping us to further expand our evidence base by testing the survey findings on some public contracts data from the Public Contracts Scotland website. The dataset contains a mixture of quantitative and qualitative data and we wish to better-understand whether the complexities and difficulties that suppliers described in the survey are reflected in actual procurement practice across the public sector, looking at indicators such as contract value, length of time for bidding, the number of bids received and so on. The internship will help us to explore the range of potential insights that full analysis of this data can generate.
Time permitting, this may involve analysing data from more than one financial year, to gain an understanding of any changes in practice over time. In addition to the analysis itself, another important strand to the project will involve uncovering any potential weaknesses or gaps within the dataset and helping to identify solutions to improve the quality of the data gathered through Public Contracts Scotland.
The intern will be based in the Procurement Policy team within the Scottish Procurement and Property Directorate. The intern will be managed by a social researcher and will also have contact with policy professionals across the wider procurement team. The intern will be co-located with the Local Government Analytical Unit, where they will be part of a team of social researchers and have links to other analytical professions.
The team is normally based in Victoria Quay in Edinburgh but are all working from home at the moment. Although details are yet to be confirmed, it is expected that the internship will involve a combination of both office-working and home-working.