The World Economic Forum’s Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, in partnership with Deloitte, the UK government’s Office for Artificial Intelligence (AI), and other contributors, has developed guidelines for the public sector’s procurement of AI solutions, helping governments build leading procurement practices that can set new standards for efficient and ethical procurement and use of AI, and accelerate AI adoption in the public sector.
Artificial intelligence holds great potential for public-sector institutions around the world to improve government operations as well as service to citizens. But governments don’t necessarily have experience in acquiring modern AI solutions and can tend to be cautious about harnessing new technology.
By helping to guide the process of procuring AI, we aim to address major AI adoption pain points early in the process and make it easier for governments to implement this advanced technology. Our goal is to help public-sector institutions to:
Overall, the guidelines aim to assist all parties involved in the procurement life cycle – policy officials, procurement officials and government commercial teams, data practitioners, and AI-solutions providers – in safeguarding public benefit and well-being.
The guidelines contain 10 high-level recommendations, which are discussed in detail in the full report . Briefly, we recommend that public sector procurement and commercial teams: