Just as there are countless government agencies, there are numerous government consultancy services whose primary purpose is to support those agencies. Often, these agencies find themselves needing these firm’s government consultancy services to improve internal efficiencies or how the agency can better serve the public. Indeed, government agencies want to be certain they will get enough value out of these services before hiring any consultants. The following tips and strategies can set up a successful and valuable professional relationship between the agencies and the firms providing them government consultancy services.
Source the Appropriate Talent
As mentioned, there are countless consultancy firms offering very specific support services and expertise as it relates to different government agencies and organizations. In order to get the most value out of these services, agencies need to source the appropriately talented staff from the right consulting company. The agency or organization should identify the type of work or improvements needed then vet the consultancy firms until their services and areas of expertise line up. For example, a very public-focused project could benefit from receiving the input of consultants with an extensive background in user experience design. Similarly, organizations looking to improve internal systems may need an IT consultant with special knowledge of security IT.
Set Clear Guidelines and Expectations
Consultants are there to work for the government agency, so treat them as employees with expert knowledge in their field. Make the most of their contracted time with the agency by establishing regular deadlines and expectations for deliverables. Essentially, make clear exactly what it is the consultants must accomplish as it relates to the overall goal or project. There should also be specifications on how much the agency has a say in altering these guidelines and other expectations from the government consultancy services they are paying for.
Create the Handover Plan Early
The end of the contract period can be a tricky thing, so it’s best to plan for the handover of everything early. At the conclusion of the completed project or contract term, in-house staff from the government organization must be ready to take over the new systems, workflows, technology, etc. This provides both parties ample time to work out the details of the transition for a smooth exit and allocate time to administer necessary training and benchmarking. Even if contracts renew, there should be protocols in place for when it’s time to turn everything over to the agency fully.
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