Evaluation of a mentoring programme supporting ex-Service personnel with mental health issues

Evaluation of a mentoring programme supporting ex-Service personnel with mental health issues

In addition to our internal monitoring and evaluation we are keen to seek a complementary independent external evaluation of the impact of this project and invite you to tender to carry out this evaluation. 
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1 Authority Details

1.1

Authority Name and Address

 


TimeBank

Royal London House, 22-25 Finsbury Square,

London

EC2A1DX

UK

Andy Forster

+44 1212362531

andyf@timebank.org.uk
timebank.org.uk
http://www.publictendersscotland.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/

1.2

Address from which documentation may be obtained


TimeBank

Royal London House, 22-25 Finsbury Square,

London

EC2A1DX

UK

Andy Forster

+44 1212362531
timebank.org.uk

1.3

Completed documents must be returned to:


TimeBank

Royal London House, 22-25 Finsbury Square,

London

EC2A1DX

UK

Andy Forster

+44 1212362531

andyf@timebank.org.uk
timebank.org.uk

2 Contract Details

2.1

Title

Evaluation of a mentoring programme supporting ex-Service personnel with mental health issues.

2.2

Description of the goods or services required

TimeBank has recently started delivering an exciting new mentoring project called Shoulder to Shoulder Erskine, supporting ex-Service personnel who are in recovery from mental health issues – and their families living in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

In addition to our internal monitoring and evaluation we are keen to seek a complementary independent external evaluation of the impact of this project and invite you to tender to carry out this evaluation. Funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (and the Henry Smith Charity), the Trust places a significant emphasis on undertaking a range of research activities to improve the understanding of transition and the welfare support provided to members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.

In partnership with the local Scottish charity, Erskine, TimeBank will run a mentoring programme for 80 ex-Service personnel recovering from mental health issues, with a secondary audience of 20 of their immediate family members. Trained volunteer mentors will provide one-to-one support to help veterans and their families adjust to civilian life. Volunteer mentors will support mentees once or twice per month, over a period of three to nine months.

Mentors will support mentees in improving their overall mental wellbeing, finding opportunities to return to employment or training, increasing their access to social and health care services, and leading an independent life. The 100 mentors will also benefit from their role. Through training and supporting a mentee, they will gain a greater understanding of mental health and wellbeing issues; and improved communication skills and confidence. For more information see http://timebank.org.uk/shoulder-to-shoulder-scotland

Objectives of this evaluation

– Analysis of the programme’s performance against sought outputs and outcomes to help inform best practice, cost effectiveness and continuous improvement in the programme model. The long term aim of Shoulder to Shoulder Erskine is to develop a scalable model for Scotland.

– Providing a robust evidence base when building a case for commissioners of services for ex-Service personnel.

– The evaluation will be used to influence policy and advocate for improved services and improved representation of ex-Service personnel in local decision making.

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=319991.

2.3

Notice Coding and Classification

   
  151500   Healthcare Consultancy
  151510   Healthcare Consultancy – Public Health
  151511   Healthcare Consultancy -Social Policy
  151512   Healthcare Consultancy – Service Provision
  159999   other Consultancy
  311100   Counselling
  311600   Services – Medical
  321000   Adults and Older Peoples Services
  329999   other Social Community Care Supplies and Services

   
  150   Glasgow & Strathclyde
  160   Edinburgh & Lothians

2.4

Total quantity or scope of tender

Project time frame and reporting:

 

The evaluation will assess year one and year two of the project with an interim report to be produced after 12 months and a final report at year two. We will also require the successful tender to deliver a launch presentation.

 

 

Evaluation milestones and proposed payment schedule:

 

The evaluation will be undertaken over the life of the project. We propose the key milestones and payment schedule below, but this is negotiable. A fee of up to a maximum of £12,000 will be paid in instalments, subject to satisfactory updates and reports.

 

3 Conditions for Participation

3.1

Minimum standards and qualification required

Consultant skills and knowledge

 

The candidate should have:

 

– A sound track record of leading evaluations, with experience of conducting an evaluation for a not-for-profit organisation in the area of social inclusion (experience of mentoring would also be desirable).

 

– An understanding of the barriers that may be encountered by veterans and their families.

 

– Experience/understanding of working in Scotland.

 

– Experience of working with, or evaluating mental health projects.

 

– Experience in the collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data.

 

– The ability to manage and deliver all aspects of this monitoring and evaluation project on time, to quality and on budget.

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

N/a

4.3

Time Limits

 

a) Time-limit for obtaining documentation 17-10-2014

b) Time-limit for receipt of completed tenders
    17-10-2014  Time  17:00

c) Estimated award date 31-10-2014

4.5

Language or languages in which tenders or requests to participate can be drawn up

EN 

4.6

Tender Submission Postbox

5 Other Information

5.1

Additional Information

 

(SC Ref:319991)

5.2

Additional Documentation

 

  Invitation to tender – S2SE Final

5.3

Publication date of this notice

 16-09-2014