Economic Research – Evaluating the Impact of ESRC Economics Centres

Economic Research – Evaluating the Impact of ESRC Economics Centres

Contract value:£50,000 – £70,000. The ESRC is seeking to commission an evaluation to assess the impact of three of its major economics research investments on policy makers, practitioners and other groups outside academia.

Evaluating the Impact of ESRC Economics Centres

Reference number: PS130080

Deadline date:24/06/2013

This deadline is for… Return of completed bid submissions

Contract value:£50,000 – £70,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: Swindon

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? No

Name of the buying organisation: UK Shared Business Services Ltd

 

Description of the contract

The ESRC is seeking to commission an evaluation to assess the impact of three of its major economics research investments on policy makers, practitioners and other groups outside academia. The investments include: the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE), the Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP), and the Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC). The overarching aim of the proposed evaluation will be to assess the impact of the work of these three Centres, and the effects of any relevant synergies between the investments. The evaluation will track forward from the work of the Centres, drawing on researcher and user perspectives and relevant documentation to assess the Centres’ contributions and identify examples of significant and well-documented impact on policy and practice. Where appropriate, the evaluation will then apply a ‘tracking back’ approach to a small number of these examples, to develop an in-depth understanding of the multiple influences on a particular policy, and the significance of the contribution from the ESRC investments in question. The Evaluation will: a) Identify the ways in which the research conducted at the Centres has been utilised and applied by policy makers and practitioners, and other research users. b) Assess and describe the degree to which the Centres’ research and related activities have contributed to, or influenced the development of policy or practice. c) Evaluate the processes through which impacts have been generated. d) Identify and analyse the determinants of the impacts identified (i.e. why and how impact has been generated). e) Identify good practice and lessons learned, to support the development of impact generation. f) Inform the development of methodology for future impact evaluation studies in this area. To find out more information about the evaluation and to receive a copy of the Evaluation Brief, please contact Anna Booth at UK Shared Business Services Ltd (email: anna.booth@ssc.rcuk.ac.uk or telephone: 01793 867316, Reference PS130080). The deadline for submission of bids is 11.00am on Monday 24 June 2013.

 

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Classification of the contract

73200000 Research and development consultancy services

 

Additional information

Contract type: Services – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? No

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 8 Months

 

Who to contact

Contact name UK Shared Business Services Ltd

Organisation name UK Shared Business Services Ltd.

Address North Star House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 1FF

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How to apply

If you would like to receive the Invitation to Bid document, please email anna.booth@ssc.rcuk.ac.uk