About Us

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
  • ACPO

Local Government

  • 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

Private Sector

  • Kier plc
  • Anglian Water
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Raytheon
  • Orange/EE
  • BAe
  • O2

Other Clients

  • Scope
  • General Lighthouse Authority
  • Canals & River Trust
  • Girlguiding

The Proving Project/Programme Appraisal process is endorsed by CIPFA and accredited to Gold Standard by APMG.