Usability and HCI Research Services for BBC

Usability and HCI Research Services for BBC

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) (including its subsidiaries and affiliates i.e. BBC Worldwide Limited) has a requirement to appoint a roster of suppliers to help it perform usability testing and evaluation services with a wide range of audience types.

UK-London: Research services

2012/S 247-407674

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Broadcasting House, Portland Place
For the attention of: Angela Swanson
W1A 1AA London
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2080082621
E-mail: angela.swanson@bbc.co.uk
Fax: +44 2080082656

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.bbc.co.uk/supplying/

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: British Broadcasting Corporation
Internet address: www.bbc.bravosolution.co.uk

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity
Other: Broadcasting
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Provision of Usability and HCI Research Services
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Services
Service category No 8: Research and development services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: BBC sites across the United Kingdom including Northern Ireland. Main requesters will be BBC Future Media (FM) – a division of the BBC, embedded user experience teams across the BBC, and BBC subsidiaries and affiliates (such as BBC Worldwide Ltd and Media AT).
NUTS code UK
II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
Framework agreement with several operators
maximum number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 10
Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 2
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT: 3 000 GBP

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) (including its subsidiaries and affiliates i.e. BBC Worldwide Limited) has a requirement to appoint a roster of suppliers to help it perform usability testing and evaluation services with a wide range of audience types. It is anticipated that these services will cover products on web (PC), interactive TV, IPTV and mobile/tablet services as well as any further services in development.
This roster will replace a similar, existing roster of usability suppliers which expires at the end of May 2013.
Suppliers will be expected to supply a variety of services including but not limited to: usability testing at fixed laboratories and mobile laboratories within the UK; providing the BBC with the use of test laboratories, observation and meeting room facilities; filming and producing highlights tapes of users; usability testing of prototypes or finished products for websites, all UK iTV and IPTV platforms and mobile/tablet devices; recruitment of users for usability tests; heuristic or expert evaluation of the above products; user-centred design consultancy and workshops; competitive analysis of rival products; field research and ethnographic studies of potential users of the BBC’s products; reports, presentations and consultancy outlining the above; and training of BBC staff in a variety of skills related to the above.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73110000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.1.8)Lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
II.2.2)Information about options
Options: yes
Description of these options: The framework(s) may be extended at the BBC’s discretion on up to two occasions by up to 12 months on each occasion.
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
Guarantees may be required.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
Where there is more than one economic operator, the BBC reserves the right to require a grouping of economic operators to take a particular legal form or to require a single economic operator to take primary liability or to require that each party undertakes joint and several liability.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Suppliers Instructions – How to Express Interest in this Tender:
1. You should first go to the BravoSolution eTendering portal at the following link: https://www.bbc.bravosolution.co.uk

2. Once in the BravoSolution portal you have 2 possible options:
a) WITHOUT HAVING TO REGISTER you can select ‘View tender opportunities’ and click on ‘Current Opportunities’ to view a summary of this project. If you would then like to formally express an interest and view the documentation you should follow the instructions in b) below.
b) Register your company (if not already registered) by clicking on the ‘Register’ button (this is only required once). Next, you should accept the terms and conditions and click continue – Enter your correct business and user details – Note the username you chose and click Save when complete – You will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure). You can now formally express an interest in this tender.
3. Express an Interest in the tender – Login to the portal with the
username/password – Click the PQQs / ITTs Open To All Suppliers link. (These are Pre- Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier) – Click on the relevant PQQ/ ITT to access the content. – Click the Express Interest button in the Actions box on the left-hand side of the page. – This will move the PQQ /ITT into your My PQQs/ My ITTs page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only) -You can now access any attachments by clicking the Settings and Buyer Attachments in the Actions box. 4. Responding to the tender – You can now choose to Reply or Decline to Respond (please give a reason if rejecting) – You can now use the Messages function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification – Note the deadline for completion, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT – There may be a mixture of online and offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available) You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button in the Actions box on the left-hand
side of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the
online help, or contact the eTendering help desk(contact details can be found at https://bbc.bravosolution.co.uk).

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: The BBC will evaluate technical ability/financial standing of the bidders in accordance with Articles 45 to 52 of Directive 2004/18/EC and Regulations 23 to 25 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, and a detailed explanation of the evaluation methodology and minimum criteria to be satisfied are set out in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Bidders must have a turnover of at least £300,000 per annum.
Please see Section C4 of the Pre Qualification Questionnaire.
III.2.3)Technical capacity
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
The BBC will evaluate technical ability/financial standing of the bidders in accordance with Articles 45 to 52 of Directive 2004/18/EC and Regulations 23 to 25 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, and a detailed explanation of the evaluation methodology and minimum criteria to be satisfied are set out in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
Bidders must be able to demonstrate previous experience of providing the services outlined in this Contract Notice and the accompanying PQQ documentation. Please see Section C4 of the Pre Qualification Questionnaire.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Restricted
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
Envisaged minimum number 10: and maximum number 20
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: The BBC will evaluate technical ability/financial standing of the bidders in accordance with Articles 45 to 52 of Directive 2004/18/EC and Regulations 23 to 25 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, and a detailed explanation of the evaluation methodology and minimum criteria to be satisfied are set out in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire.
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction will be used: yes
Additional information about electronic auction: The BBC may carry out a Reverese Electronic Auction if appropriate.
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
PROC 2012 37 AES
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
25.1.2013 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: yes
Estimated timing for further notices to be published: December 2016
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information

In the case of technology requirements, the BBC may involve its technology partner (Atos IT Solutions and Services Limited) to assist in the scoping and drafting of invitations to tender and/or the evaluation of tenders.However, the final decision as to which is the most economically advantageous (by reference to the award criteria) will be made by the BBC. The awarding authority reserves the right not to award a contract and to annul the procurement process at any stage. Tenders and all supporting documents must be priced in sterling and all payments will be made in sterling. The contract shall be subject to English law. The awarding authority does not bind itself to accept the lowest, or any tender and reserves the right to accept part of a tender unless the tenderer expressly stipulates otherwise in the tender document. To prevent BBC eTendering portal email alerts from being quarantined by your organisation’s fire wall or spam filter, you are advised to instruct your IT team to accept all emails with a .BravoSolution.co.uk extension (our portal provider) or from help@bravosolution.co.uk. If Section II.1.9 shows ‘Yes’, variants will be accepted provided they meet the core requirements of the project.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:18.12.2012

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