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Classification of RFQ (CPV codes)
80000000 – Education and training services.
98000000 – Other community, social and personal services.
In March 2009 Cyrenians Cymru were awarded funding under ESF Priority 2 (Increasing employment and tackling economic inactivity) – European Convergence Funding to Tackle Economic Inactivity – in the Swansea Bay area. The aim was and is to build on the achievements of Cyrenians service developments under the European Objective One programme by delivering training and sustainable employment opportunities for disadvantaged adults.
The Funding was let, from 11 December 2009 until 31 December 2011, as two contracts for:
• The provision of structured support to severely marginalised groups to enable them to get into work; and
• The provision of training support, to these same groups, that enables people to achieve knowledge, skills and confidence that lead to progression to further education, training and employment.
An interim evaluation was completed early in 2011.
CROSS CUTTING THEMES
The cross cutting themes that apply are Equal Opportunities and Environmental Sustainability.
The purpose of the evaluation is to provide a picture of the impact of the project and draw conclusions for the future. An important part of the evaluation will survey the satisfaction and attainments of present and past participants and to contextualise the project’s achievements.
The Evaluator will be required to:
• Address the detailed objectives of the evaluation;
• Provide a written report covering all the areas of the specification; and
• To make a presentation, to the Board of Cyrenians Cymru, covering the salient points of the report.
The written report must be submitted by Friday 17 February 2012.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS THOSE SUBMITTING QUOTES
Bidders will be required to demonstrate:
• An understanding of European Social Fund Projects and the 2007 – 2013 Convergence Programme – and its relationship to the Lisbon Agenda;
• Experience in evaluating provision for the socially and economically marginalised; and
• The capacity to undertake this evaluation to the required standards and timescales.
The budget for the Evaluation is up to £10,000. Bidders should note that the quotation they give may affect the award of the contract.
THE OBJECTIVES OF THE EVALUATION AND SCORING SCHEDULE
More information about the objectives of the evaluation is including in the attached Briefing Note, along with details of how quotations will be scored. In the event that the conditions in the Briefing Note are not met, a bid will not be considered.
DEADLINES AND QUOTING
Quotes must be received at the address below by 5.00pm on Monday 5 December 2011.
A quote properly constituted consists of three hard copies and an electronic version – sent to the address below; and
It is anticipated that a decision on the award of the Interim Evaluation will be made by Thursday 8 December 2011 and that it will be communicated to the bidders by Friday 9 December 2011.