A scoping study is a key element in the development of a CoST programme. It gathers the information needed to adapt the CoST programme to the local situation and provides a baseline measure of ‘transparency’ in publicly funded construction.
To fulfil the first function, the scoping study profiles the local construction sector encompassing
(i) the laws and regulations affecting the procurement and delivery of construction projects
(ii) the relevant institutions and initiatives relating to the governance of the process and
(iii) the stakeholders involved.
If well carried out this provides valuable early messages that can feed into the design of the CoST programme, the disclosure and assurance processes and the setting up of a Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG).
To provide a baseline measure of transparency, the study assesses various aspects of current levels of disclosure of information on publicly funded construction projects. This can provide a point of reference against which to assess changes over time in relevant transparency indicators.
This Guidance Note sets out the suggested objectives, scope of work, outputs and reporting requirements for a scoping study. MSGs are encouraged to use the Guidance Note as a basis for developing specific terms of reference for a study to suit the local context. It is the fifth in a series of seven Guidance Notes.