Proving Services was formed by practitioners from Cranfield University School of Management in 2003.
Based on academic research, industry best practice and practical application, Proving has developed advanced applications and processes for the evaluation and prioritisation of organisational investment in front-line services, business operations and change project/programme portfolios. Organisations that subject a service to a Proving Value for Money review typically realise improvements in VFM of up to 30% over the subsequent twelve month period.
Proving also runs a number of industry leading research clubs covering the Highways & Transport, Waste & Recycling and Heritage, Culture & Tourism sectors. These research clubs bring together thought leaders from across the relevant sector to develop, pilot and disseminate tools and methodologies to address the contemporary challenges of the day. Proving provides support to the sector throigh a number of formal partnerships including those with ADEPT, CIPFA, HTMA, Lincolnshire County Council and Orbis.
The Proving Processes & Toolkits have been successfully used and implemented extensively within both private and public sectors including:
Central Government Clients
- The Office for National Statistics,
- The BBC
- The Ministry of Justice
- The Home Office
- The Ministry of Defence
- The Youth Justice Board
- Transport for Greater Manchester
- Barnet Council
- Cambridge County Council, including City Deal
- Lincolnshire County Council
- Surrey County Council
- Norfolk County Council
- Cotswold District Council
- Milton Keynes Council
- Suffolk County Council
- Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
- West Sussex County Council
- Kier plc
- Anglian Water
- Balfour Beatty
- General Lighthouse Authority
- Canals & River Trust
The Proving Project/Programme Appraisal process is endorsed by CIPFA and accredited to Gold Standard by APMG.
We have worked with Proving Services for around three years, firstly when they undertook a Strategic Value for Money Assessment of our Highways Alliance, through the Future Highways Research Club and latterly on our Highways Future Operating Model. They brought a knowledgeable and insightful challenge to our work along with a wealth of relevant, class leading experience and support tools.
Lincolnshire County Council
The Proving VfM process and toolkit provided a comprehensive, accurate and valuable analysis of VfM performance for a portfolio of Milton Keynes Council-Provided Services. The conclusions supported the authority in making objective and informed decisions regarding future service delivery.
Service Director – Public Realm
Milton Keynes Council