Enterprise Project Interim Evaluation for Jobs and Business Glasgow

Enterprise Project Interim Evaluation for Jobs and Business Glasgow

The main aim is to robustly evaluate the delivery, impact and legacy of three projects. The requirement is divided into two Lots.

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1 Authority Details

1.1

Authority Name and Address


Jobs and Business Glasgow

JBG Procurement Team, Exchange House, 231 George Street,

Glasgow

G1 1RX

UK

JBG Procurement Team

+44 1412743333

+44 1412762599
http://www.jbg.org.uk/
www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk
www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk

1.2

Address from which documentation may be obtained

As in 1.1

1.3

Completed documents must be returned to:

As in 1.1

2 Contract Details

2.1

Title

Enterprise Project Interim Evaluation

2.2

Description of the goods or services required

The main aim is to robustly evaluate the delivery, impact and legacy of three projects. The requirement is divided into two Lots.

The interim evaluations for Lot 1 are expected to take place from May 2014 to July 2014.

The draft interim evaluation for Lot 2 is expected to be completed by the end of May 2014, with the final report due by mid-June 2014.

Lot 1 – European Regional Development Fund (ERDF):

The two funded projects to be evaluated are:

1. Enterprise Creation in Disadvantaged Communities (01/04/11 – 30/09/14); and

2. Social Enterprise (01/04/11 – 31/03/15).

Areas the Interim Evaluation should concentrate on are to:

– assess how the Projects’ strategic aims, objectives and outcomes are being delivered;

– evaluate the processes of the Projects (e.g. consultancy, audit, paperwork, delivery, management aspects, etc.);

– evaluate the usefulness and effectiveness of individual aspects of the Projects, including the advisors, marketing & communications, capacity building etc.;

– evaluate the legacy of the Projects (on organisations, individuals and partners);

– report on lessons learned and good practice, this will inform the on-going development and delivery of the Project;

– form conclusions and make recommendations for future delivery of Projects; and

– reach conclusions about the Economic Impact of the Projects.

The main targeted outcomes of the project period are as follows:

Enterprise Creation in Disadvantaged Communities

– 5,100 individuals/enterprises receiving advice/consultancy;

– 7.5 million pund increase in turnover in supported enterprises;

– 1,050 new business starts; and

– 1,230 gross jobs created.

Social Enterprise

– 425 individuals/enterprises receiving advice/consultancy;

– 16 million pound increase in turnover in supported enterprises; and

– 388 gross jobs created.

It is anticipated that consultation will be required with the following key stakeholder organisations. Please note that this list is indicative rather than prescriptive.

– JBG.

– Project Beneficiaries.

– Key Partner organisations, e.g. Glasgow City Council, Business Gateway, Princes Trust, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, Glasgow Economic Leadership, Glasgow Social Enterprise Network, and Social Enterprise Scotland.

JBG does not wish to prescribe any particular methodology, however it is expected that this interim evaluation will be both qualitative and quantitative in nature. Suggested methods may include (but need not be limited to) desk research, performance review, case studies, focus groups, and face-to-face and/or telephone interviews of clients and stakeholders.

A presentation of the draft report should be made to the project team.

Evaluations must address, but need not be limited to, the following questions:

– How well have the vision and aims of JBG been adopted by these 2 projects?

– Do the projects have processes and mechanisms in place to capture the impact of their activities?

– What are the experiences and views to date of the key stakeholders involved i.e. participants, advisers, project management, key stakeholders etc.?

– What good practice and successful case studies have been exhibited by the projects?

– What support services are not currently being delivered that client organisations would like to see delivered, and why?

– What is the legacy for the individual participants involved?

– What has been the economic impact of the projects in terms of business starts and survival, sustainable jobs created, and value added?

– Has the economic climate impacted on project outcomes?

– What recommendations and development options are there for future service delivery, particularly in the light of future funding opportunities?

Lot 2 – New Enterprise Allowance (NEA):

To carry out an evaluation of the project, which has been operational across Glasgow, Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire, since July 2011 to date, with nearly 2,000 participants coming off benefits and entering self-employment.

Areas the Interim Evaluation should concentrate on are to:

– assess the support provided by the delivery partners to benefit claimants as they progress from Jobcentre Plus referral through business planning to trading and 26 week survival;

– determine the impact of the New Enterprise Allowance in terms of businesses started, jobs created, and sustainability at 26 and 52 weeks;

– assess the management and operation of the New Enterprise Allowance project, including partnership links with Jobcentre Plus and other stakeholders;

– identify good practice and successful client case studies;

– report on development opportunities particularly in the light of future funding opportunities; and

– form conclusions and make recommendations for future delivery.

The main targeted outcomes of the project period are to:

– work with 1,440 individuals on benefit; and

– support 480 of these individuals into self-employment.

It is anticipated that consultation will be required with the following key stakeholder organisations. Please note that this list is indicative rather than prescriptive.

– JBG.

– Project Beneficiaries.

– Key Partner organisations, e.g. Glasgow City Council, North Lanarkshire Council, South Lanarkshire Council, East Dunbartonshire Council, and Business Gateway providers in these local authority areas.

The partners do not wish to prescribe any particular methodology, however it is expected that this evaluation will be both qualitative and quantitative in nature. Suggested methods may include (but need not be limited to) case studies, focus groups with clients and stakeholders, face-to-face and/or telephone interviews.

A presentation of the draft evaluation report should be made to the NEA project partners.

Evaluations must address, but need not be limited to, the following questions:

– Do the projects have processes and mechanisms in place to capture the impact of their activities?

– What are the experiences and views to date of the key stakeholders involved i.e. participants, advisers, project management, key stakeholders etc.?

– What good practice and successful case studies have been exhibited by the projects?

– What has been the economic impact of the projects in terms of business starts and survival, sustainable jobs created, and value added?

– What recommendations and development options are there for future service delivery, particularly in the light of future funding opportunities?

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=301582.

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

151000 Business Consultancy
152000 Management Consultancy
159999 other Consultancy

150 Glasgow & Strathclyde

2.4

Total quantity or scope of tender

The maximum budgets (inclusive of VAT) for the evaluations are approximately:

7,000 pounds – Enterprise Creation in Disadvantaged Communities (Lot 1);

7,000 pounds – Social Enterprise (Lot 1); and

5,000 pounds – New Enterprise Allowance (Lot 2).

3 Conditions for Participation

3.1

Minimum standards and qualification required

The Funder’s rules for the projects state that the daily rate for consultancy work cannot exceed £500 (inclusive of VAT). Tenders that do not comply with this limit cannot be considered.

The successful tenderer must possess and demonstrate:

– experience of conducting fieldwork with a range of people and enterprises;

– strong primary research skills (both quantitative and qualitative);

– extensive experience of secondary research;

– analytical and interpretation skills;

– effective project management skills;

– significant experience of writing to a publishable standard;

– extensive experience of conducting programme interim evaluations;

– experience of conducting complex interim evaluations employing a number of approaches; and

– skill in gathering and presenting findings.

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

JBG 14003

4.3

Time Limits

a) Time-limit for obtaining documentation 28-04-2014

b) Time-limit for receipt of completed tenders
28-04-2014  Time  17:00

c) Estimated award date 06-05-2014

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

More detailed information can be found in the Invitation to Quote document.

NB – The anticipated award date for Lot 1 is 19/05/14. The anticipated award date for Lot 2 is 06/05/14.

(SC Ref:301582)

5.2

Additional Documentation

Invitation to Quote – Interim Evaluations (JBG 14003)
Supplier Details Form

5.3

Publication date of this notice

14-04-2014