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The results are in: group purchasing scheme survey 2020

The digital archival collections group purchasing scheme has saved Jisc members in higher education over £600,000 since the scheme piloted in 2017. To continue to meet the needs and requirements of our members, we recently ran a survey to measure satisfaction with the scheme and any suggestions for improvement.

Across those who have purchased content, and those who have not yet done so, results show an almost 100% satisfaction with the key foundations of the group purchasing scheme:

  • The inclusion of platform/hosting fees within the one-off price
  • Automatic 20% discount off the Jisc-banded list price of products on offer

Overall almost 90% of those who’d purchased materials through group purchasing were satisfied with the scheme in general.

There was good awareness of the scheme among survey participants, however lack of budget has prevented some members participating in the scheme to date. The cost of digital archival collections was also noted as a barrier to participation for some.

There was a high level of interest in the scheme being open to more publishers and more products, indicating the scheme fulfils the needs of members when they are purchasing digital archival collections.

We’ll use the survey report to review the group purchasing scheme so that it continues to meet the requirements of our members in higher education.

By Karen Colbron

I focus on access and use of digital content in learning, teaching and research, offering guidance and support through the ‘Making your digital collections easier to discover’ online guide and training aimed at Jisc’s higher education members.
Additionally, I run the digital archival collections group purchasing scheme – an innovative purchasing model based on a very simple principle – the more products collectively purchased by our members, the lower the price for everyone involved.

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