Primary Research Contract – National Play Strategy Action Plan

Primary Research Contract – National Play Strategy Action Plan

This primary research will follow on from the Literature Review to deliver Action 9.6 – ‘Review inclusive play in Scotland, to identify current practices, barriers and aspirations’ in order to build a knowledge base which will inform the implementation of the strategy for all.

Researcher

CONTRACT NOTICE – NATIONAL
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1 Authority Details

1.1

Authority Name and Address


Capability Scotland

Head Office, 11 Ellersly Road,

Edinburgh

EH12 6HY

UK

Eric Mitchell

+44 1313471065

+44 1313376259
www.capability-scotland.org.uk
http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/
www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk

1.2

Address from which documentation may be obtained


Capability Scotland

Head Office, 11 Ellersly Road,

Edinburgh

EH12 6HY

UK

Eric Mitchell

+44 1313471077

eric.mitchell@capability-scotland.org.uk

+44 1313376259
www.capability-scotland.org.uk

1.3

Completed documents must be returned to:


Capability Scotland

Policy and Campaigns, Head Office, 11 Ellersly Road,

Edinburgh

EH12 6HY

UK

Eric Mitchell

+44 1313471077

eric.mitchell@capability-scotland.org.uk

+44 1313376259
www.capability-scotland.org.uk

2 Contract Details

2.1

Title

Researcher

2.2

Description of the goods or services required

Introduction

The National Play Strategy Action Plan was launched in 2013 with a clear vision that Scotland will be the best place to grow up and a nation that values play as a life enhancing daily experience for all children and young people of all ages, stages and abilities, particularly disabled children and young people and other marginalised groups. To achieve this we require a positive and supportive environment to enable quality play opportunities for all children in Scotland. This will include valuing children and young people and the organisations that provide and support play opportunities and that we are making best use of the skills and knowledge of the play workforce. This proposed primary research will investigate inclusive play in Scotland to identify context, current practices, barriers and aspirations.

Background

The Play Strategy Implementation Group has created a short-life working group to oversee this project as part of the implementation of the National Play Strategy. The working group consists of members from Capability Scotland, Scottish Out of School Care Network, Smart Play Network, International Play Association, The Yard and other local and national organisations providing input. A Literature Review is in progress focussing on the definition of inclusive play in each of the four Domains of strategy; ‘in the home’, ‘nursery and school’, ‘in the community’ and ‘positive support for play’ and is reviewing existing literature on the barriers to inclusive play and research into current practice to ensure play is inclusive in Scotland.

This primary research will follow on from the Literature Review to deliver Action 9.6 – ‘Review inclusive play in Scotland, to identify current practices, barriers and aspirations’ in order to build a knowledge base which will inform the implementation of the strategy for all.

Research Aims and Objectives

Through primary research in order to deliver on Action 9.6 across the four domains within the Play Strategy For Scotland and we aim to;

– Determine the existing barriers to inclusive play in Scotland

– Identify the aspirations of stakeholders towards inclusive play

– Extract what approaches, tools, practice and strategies work well in ensuring play is inclusive

This will be achieved through direct consultation and analysis by the contractor who will:

– Consult with children and young people

– Consult with play sector workforce involved in direct provision of play opportunities

– Consult with wider play sector stakeholders not involved with the direct provision of play opportunities.

– Produce a final report to include analysis of above data, identifying gap’s and recommendations for future consideration.

Suggested Approach.

The detailed method for achieving the objectives will be the responsibility for the contractor to propose and seek agreement with and support from the steering group. However, the following is required from the contractor:

Use the findings from the Literature Review, define and use a Topic Guide to set questions in order to design and carry out primary research with:

– Disabled children and young people those identified from the Literature Review as being in a marginalised group.

– Those directly involved in the provision of play within the sector e.g. those in local government, third sector, private sector and NHS

– Those not involved in the direct provision of play opportunities e.g. those involved in the delivery, planning and commissioning of play for children and young people.

Varying methods and approaches would be identified and used by the contractor in order to facilitate and gather views of those identified e.g. face to face consultations, focus groups, paper based questionnaires, online and telephone surveys.

The contractor would require to travel around Scotland and have access to a phone, internet and desk space (either home based or possibly within a local Capability Scotland office by negotiation) over a brief period not exceeding 40 working days concluding in September 2014.

We would expect to receive a completed written report and a verbal presentation to the steering group no later than Friday 12th September.

Expected Outputs:

– Attendance at briefing, interim and closing meetings

– Comprehensive written report and executive summary

– Presentation of findings to steering group

– Production of pre-prepared materials that are accessible, easily deliverable to and consumable by the target audience throughout the country. This will include presentations, case studies, position statements and material for use through social media as well as printed hardcopy.

Research Governance

A steering group will be formed to provide clarity, guidance and governance to the contractor. Operational support and management will be provided by Capability Scotland.

Potential contractors should submit a proposal which should:

– Outline the contractor’s understanding of the brief and its aims and objectives;

– Outline narrative of how the contractor would implement and deliver on the work identifying any particular barriers, solutions to these.

– Include a clear costing for the work (detailing staff costs and project overheads).

– Indicate relevant past experience of working with disabled children and young people, consultation with children and young people, conducting research and/or writing for different audiences.

Given the scope of the work and timescales involved, we are not expecting lengthy or detailed submissions (x6 sides of A4 maximum). Further details are available from the “Play Strategy for Scotland: Our Action Plan”.

NOTE: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site at http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=305317.

The buyer has indicated that it will accept electronic responses to this notice via the Postbox facility. A user guide is available at http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/sitehelp/help_guides.aspx.

Suppliers are advised to allow adequate time for uploading documents and to dispatch the electronic response well in advance of the closing time to avoid any last minute problems.

2.3

Notice Coding and Classification

151511 Healthcare Consultancy -Social Policy
152000 Management Consultancy
159999 other Consultancy
171011 Services – Children
179999 other Education
299999 other Leisure Services
321100 Childrens Services
329999 other Social Community Care Supplies and Services

100 All Scotland
120 Highlands and Islands
130 Aberdeen & North-East
140 Tayside, Central & Fife
150 Glasgow & Strathclyde
160 Edinburgh & Lothians
170 Scotland South

2.4

Total quantity or scope of tender

A total budget of £15,500 has been identified for this work which will include stationary, printing, telephone, travel expenses and shared findings promotion materials. 30% of budget will be paid on commissioning of this work and 70% on completion.

3 Conditions for Participation

3.1

Minimum standards and qualification required

4 Administrative Information

4.1

Type of Procedure

Single stage – Any candidate may submit a tender.

4.2

Reference number attributed to the notice by the contracting authority

N/a

4.3

Time Limits

a) Time-limit for obtaining documentation

b) Time-limit for receipt of completed tenders
    09-06-2014  Time  09:00

c) Estimated award date 19-09-2014

4.5

Language or languages in which tenders or requests to participate can be drawn up

EN 

4.6

Tender Submission Postbox

The buyer has indicated that it will accept electronic responses to this notice via the Postbox facility. A user guide is available at http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/sitehelp/help_guides.aspx

5 Other Information

5.1

Additional Information

(SC Ref:305317)

5.2

Additional Documentation

5.3

Publication date of this notice

 23-05-2014

 

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