Data Service Review for UKSBS

Data Service Review for UKSBS

UK Data Service Mid-term Review


Contract summary


Construction and Real Estate, Printing and Publishing, Research and Development

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract (£)

£10,000 – £15,000

Published date

12 April 2016

Closing date

27 April 2016

Contract start date

16 May 2016

Contract end date

31 December 2016


The UKDS aims to provide users with seamless and flexible access to a wide range of data resources to facilitate high quality social and economic research and education. The ESRC has funded the UKDS in various guises since 1967. The UKDS forms a critical part of the UK data infrastructure, collecting, ingesting, preserving and providing access and user support to a wide variety of key national data resources which facilitate UK social and economic research. The Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS, the forerunner to UKDS) was evaluated during 2010. The overall assessment was that the ESDS provided a highly valued service and had a high international reputation in terms of the number and range of data collections held, service provided and some of the innovative policies and licensing arrangements that it has pursued. On this basis the ESRC Methods and Infrastructure Committee agreed to re-commission the Service and to incorporate other elements of the ESRC data portfolio under one brand (elements of the Census Programme, Secure Data Service and Survey Question Bank). A specification was developed and an open competition held. One bid was received, and the UKDS was subsequently funded. Additionally, an Economic Impact Evaluation of ESDS was undertaken and reported in 2012. The study found that the ESDS offered excellent returns on investment and offered an extensive set of benefits to a range of users. The main review outcome will be a report that seeks to address the key areas set out in section 4 above. The report should include an options analysis which will be used to inform the funding specification for the next period of UKDS. Review recommendations will include advice on the key aims and objectives for UKDS for the next funding period. The UKDS will be given the opportunity to formally respond to the review report. The review report will be shared with key stakeholders and discussed with relevant ESRC Committees. PLEASE NOTE THIS TENDER CLOSES ON 27TH APRIL 2016 As part of the strategic alliance between UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS) and Crown Commercial Service (CCS), UK SBS can use the CCS eSourcing Suite for future procurements. If you have not yet registered on the eSourcing Suite, this can be done online at by following the link ‘Register for CCS eSourcing’. Please note that, to register, you must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering, who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so. Once you have registered on the eSourcing Suite, a registered user can express an interest for a specific procurement. This is done by emailing Your email must clearly state: the name and reference for the procurement you wish to register for; the name of the registered Bidder; and the name and contact details for the registered individual sending the email.

About the buyer

Contact name

Rebecca Fish


UK SBS, North Star House

North Star Avenue





Other information

How to apply

Please apply directly to the buyer using the contact details provided.


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