PCIP Overview

The Procurement & Commercial Improvement Programme (PCIP) replaced the previous Procurement Capability Assessment (PCA) in 2015.

This PCIP focuses on the policies and procedures driving procurement performance and, more importantly, the results they deliver.

The PCIP assessment provides a means of measuring and reporting on the procurement and commercial capability of organisations through the provision of evidence, based around a series of set questions and other evaluation methods. 

  • The PCIP includes Full, Medium and Lite Assessments.  The assessment to be used will be dependent on several factors, as assessed by the appropriate Centre of Expertise.
  • There are defined question sets, scoring and performance bandings.
  • The provision of specific requested evidence is required at least six weeks before the PCIP assessment day, as well as on the assessment day itself.
  • Centres of Expertise can provide specific information to participating organisations and your contact here should be the first point of call.

Quickfire Guide

Quickfire Guide

PCIP Overview

Key Points to Note

  • Organisations are assessed every two - three years
  • There is a national question set used by all assessors
  • National scoring and performance bandings are used to support consistency and reporting
  • There are three assessment types designed to support the varied organisations participating - Full, Medium and Lite
  • The Full Assessment has an extra scoring level to drive further improvement - 4 (High Performing)
  • The assessment methodology provides for significant information being submitted and assessed in advance of the assessment day
  •  All participating organisations are encouraged to provide feedback and input to the assessment as part of the programme

Assessment Process

The diagram below details the various stages of the PCIP process:

The full contents of PCIP including all guidance, Dashboard, Advance Information Requirements, Full, Medium & Lite assessments alongside the Information Bank can be found in the following pages.