The guide 1. Plan

Explore and define your needs before deciding on the best approach to deliver them.


The planning stage of any procurement should involve learning about:

  • who you are buying a product or service for
  • why you are procuring it
  • who to consult from your organisation
  • what technology is appropriate in the market
  • how to ensure value for money

Exploring all of these areas may involve time and effort but it will ensure that you deliver appropriate solutions, both for your organisation and for end users.

We’ve also produced additional guidance to help you plan for buying effectively during an emergency.