Education Research Wales

Education Research Wales

Independent programme of research to evaluate the Welsh-medium education strategy.

UK-Caerphilly: research services

2012/S 121-200983

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Welsh in Education Unit, Department for Education and Skills
Welsh in Education Unit, Ty’r Afon, Bedwas Road
For the attention of: Awen Penri
CF83 8WT Caerphilly

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity

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.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Independent programme of research to evaluate the Welsh-medium education strategy.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 8: Research and development services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Wales.

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

The purpose of this contract is to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of the Welsh-medium education strategy and some specific programmes implemented in support of the strategy. The objectives of the evaluation of the Welsh-medium education strategy are wide ranging. They encompass an evaluation of the strategy’s implementation programme and evaluations of specific programmes which seek to realise the strategy’s ambitions. Specific objectives for this over-arching evaluation include amongst others:
— Whether the assumptions/hypotheses underlying the Welsh-medium education strategy are well founded,
— Whether, in the light of experience, the strategic aims and objectives are appropriate and achievable,
— How effectively different elements of the Strategy knit together and how well they fit with other Welsh Government policies,
— The degree to which the Strategy has provided the Welsh in education unit a platform for promoting a growth in Welsh-medium education,
— The extent to which the Strategy is bringing about the changes sought within the education and training system,
— The effectiveness of the support mechanisms (including funding arrangements) needed to initiate change,
— Factors which are hindering or helping the realisation of the Strategy’s aims and objectives,
— Whether initiatives undertaken represent value for money,
— The effectiveness of particular initiatives undertaken in the name of the strategy, and,
— How the Strategy, or its component elements, need to change in order to meet the Welsh Government’s aspirations i.e. the evaluation should help to inform the Welsh Government’s decision making.
Alongside this over-arching evaluation, evaluations of specific programmes included in the Strategy are required in order to measure their impact and effectiveness.
The Welsh Assembly Government, on behalf of the Welsh Ministers, will be conducting this procurement exercise through the etenderwales portal Tender documents and other information must be downloaded from and returned through this portal. If you require any further assistance the BravoSolution helpdesk is available on:

E-mail: Phone: +44 8003684850 / fax: +44 2070600480.

Full information in accessing the portal is found in Section VI.3.
Community benefits do not apply to this contract.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73110000, 80000000, 80100000, 80110000, 80200000, 80300000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes

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
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Starting 24.9.2012. Completion 31.5.2015

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

The awarding authority reserves the right to request parent company and/or other guarantees of performance and financial liability.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Payment terms will be indicated in the contract documents. Tenders to be priced in Sterling. Payment to be made in Sterling only.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

No special legal form required but joint and several liability to be assumed by all group bidders before acceptance.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
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: Details to be provided will be listed in the invitation to tender documents.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Details to be provided will be listed in the invitation to tender documents.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Details to be provided will be listed in the invitation to tender documents.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Details to be provided will be listed in the invitation to tender documents.
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

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
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: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

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

1.8.2012 – 14:00
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

Other: Welsh.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
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 2011, the Welsh Government commissioned an Evaluation Framework for the Welsh-medium Education Strategy [].

E-Tender information:

— The first person from your Organisation to use the Platform will be required to register on behalf of the Organisation,
— Registration involves accepting a User Agreement, and providing basic information about your Organisation and about the User performing the Registration,
— The User who performs the Registration becomes the Super User for the Organisation,
— On registering on the Platform the Super User will select a Username and will receive a password,
— The Password will be sent by e-mail to the e-mail address that was specified in the User Details section of the Registration page,
— In order to log-in to the platform please enter your Username and Password,
— Note: If you forget your Password then visit the homepage and click “Forgot your password?”,
— Registration should only be performed once for each Organisation,
— If you think that someone in your Organisation may have already registered on this Platform then you must not register again,
— Please contact the person who Registered (i.e. the super user) in order to arrange access to the Platform,
— Contact the Helpdesk immediately if you are unable to contact the Super user (for example if they have left your Organisation),
— Note: If your Organisation is already registered on the platform then you must not make any additional registration. Please contact the Helpdesk to gain access to the Platform,
— Tenders must be uploaded to the BravoSolution portal by 2pm.
How to find the ITT:
— Once logged in you must click on “ITT”s Open to all Suppliers’,
— The etender references for this contract are: Project_22952 and ITT_36123,
— Click on the title to access summary details of the contract. If you are still interested in submitting a tender, click the “Express an Interest button”. This will move the ITT from the “Open to all Suppliers” area to the “My ITT’s” on the home page,
— You will then see the full details of the ITT in the qualification and technical envelopes along with any relevant documents in the “Attachments” area,
— Should you have any questions on the ITT, please use the “Messages” area to contact the buyer directly – Please do not contact the named person at the top of this notice.
Buy4Wales Reference Number: 30687.

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:21.6.2012