Enterprising Communities Project Evaluation
The evaluation will continuously analyse the progress of the project, the impact on the individuals and organisations involved and the effect on other projects within the wider context of community economic development.
Enterprising Communities is a project funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and European Structural Funds (European Regional Development Fund).
It operates under Priority 5 Theme 2 of the Convergence Community Economic Development programme. The aim of this priority is to support integrated approaches to long-term regeneration which will benefit the region’s most deprived communities and support the development of vibrant local economies. The aim of this theme is to build sustainable and vibrant communities by supporting activities which are part of an integrated regeneration strategy to overcome barriers to development of and participation in local economies.
The project aims to provide practical support to third sector organisations to help them move towards becoming more financially sustainable. The project “strap line” sums up its purpose in “growing local social enterprise”. It aims to equip organisations to operate in a more businesslike manner and generate more income themselves, including through bidding for and providing public services. This support will cover issues around organisational development and governance as well as volunteer development and support.
WCVA is the lead sponsor of the project on behalf of the Infrastructure partnership. The project enables each CVC to work with local organisations to support and improve their contribution to the local economy, and also the CVC’s will work with local support agencies and referrals will be made to specialist organisations as appropriate.
Purpose of the evaluation
The evaluation will continuously analyse the progress of the project, the impact on the individuals and organisations involved and the effect on other projects within the wider context of community economic development and the regeneration of vibrant local economies in the most deprived communities of Wales. The evaluation will consist of a formative evaluation that will seek to improve the delivery of the project through evaluating its effectiveness and efficiency. A summative evaluation will report on the overall quality and impact.
It is also intended that the evaluation will inform improvements to project practices and bids to secure future projects.
The evaluation will involve examination of the following key aspects, to seek to improve the delivery of the project.
• Is the project achieving its formal targets and outputs? How could their efficiency be improved? How do the measures compare with other similar projects?
• Are the needs of the beneficiary organisations being met? Could more be done?
• What is the impact of the project on the activities and outlook of third sector organisations towards financial sustainability?
• Has the project linked effectively with complementary schemes run at a national (i.e. convergence-wide) and regional levels?
• How successful has the project been in addressing the cross cutting themes of Equal Opportunities and Environmental Sustainability?
The evaluation will also assist with the project sponsors and CVC Enterprising Communities officers in developing the following areas.
• Identification of potential growth areas for social enterprise in the sector that can be utilised and developed in any future projects
• Identification of broader trends and where CVC’s need to place themselves to respond to identified trends
• Potential for case studies to be identified that can be used by CVC’s in ongoing marketing work
• Identification of evidence of need and fact that there is a place in the market for social enterprise support to be provided via CVC’s
• Is collaboration between projects under ERDF P5T2 working, and can this assist future collaborative funding bids
• What effect has the recession had on the potential legacy of social enterprises assisted through this project and how can support provided by CVC’s be tailored to best deal with this economic situation
Classification of contract (CPV codes)
73300000 – Design and execution of research and development.
79400000 – Business and management consultancy and related services.
SECTION IV: Administrative Information
A full tendering process in line with WCVA tendering procedures will be in operation for this project. Details of the suppliers being invited to tender and for what, will be recorded by WCVA.
Returned tenders will be opened in the presence of a member of the WCVA Board and a member of the finance department, who will record details of the tender in the tender register. A shortlist of organisations will then be drawn together that will present their proposal and attend an interview with a panel comprised of members of the steering group.
The appropriate budget holder and Chief Executive of WCVA will make the final decision of awarding the contract. Copies of returned tenders will be kept on file by WCVA.
Submission of tenders
Tenders should include comprehensive details of the evaluation proposal and a detailed outline of the methodology to be used. A full budget for the project should also be included with a detailed budget breakdown.
Also included in the tender should be a portfolio of past work and a minimum of two references with current contact details of referees. The submission should detail the process to be undertaken throughout the research and include the CVs of all personnel involved.
Any costs up to and including the awarding of the tenders will be borne by the applicant organisation and will not be reimbursed.
Three copies of the tender submission (of which at least one should be unbound and appropriate for photocopying) should arrive no later than 12.00 on Friday 11th May 2012.
European Structural Funds (European Regional Development Fund).
It operates under Priority 5 Theme 2 of the Convergence Community Economic Development programme.