Evaluation of the Getting Ahead Programme

Evaluation of the Getting Ahead Programme

This procurement seeks to identify a suitably qualified contractor to evaluate the Getting Ahead programme in order to inform the Fund and the Welsh Government on its impact and effectiveness.

United Kingdom-London: Social research services

2013/S 161-281341

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Big Lottery Fund
1 Plough Place
For the attention of: David Rowlands
EC4A 1DE London
Telephone: +44 2920678235
E-mail: david.rowlands@biglotteryfund.org.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/index/about-uk/procurement_portal.htm

Electronic access to information: http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/index/about-uk/procurement_portal.htm

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: http://procurement@biglotteryfund.org.uk

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

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/index/about-uk/procurement_portal.htm
1 Plough Place
EC4A 1DE London

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: procurement@biglotteryfund.org.uk
1 Plough Place
For the attention of: Marilyn Dent
EC4A 1DE London
E-mail: procurement@biglotteryfund.org.uk

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Other: Grant awarding body
I.3)Main activity

Other: Grant making body
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:

BIG001-0453-Evaluation of the Getting Ahead Programme.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 27: Other 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)

This procurement seeks to identify a suitably qualified contractor to evaluate the Getting Ahead programme in order to inform the Fund and the Welsh Government on its impact and effectiveness. It will contribute to the evidence base on approaches to tackling youth unemployment, particularly those individuals with the most challenging personal circumstances.The objectives are to:
— assess the extent to which the Getting Ahead aims and outcomes have been achieved;
— assess the impact and effectiveness of Getting Ahead at tackling youth unemployment in Wales considering appropriate experimental or quasi-experimental techniques;
— assess the impact of the programme on beneficiaries confidence, motivation and well-being
— assess the effectiveness of the one to one assistance provided to project beneficiaries to support them before, during and after their work placement highlighting effective practice;
— investigate the differences and similarities in the challenges faced by the two beneficiary groups in accessing training and sustainable employment during the programme and identify ways to overcome these challenges;
— assess the extent to which the project aligns and integrates with other employment initiatives such as Jobs Growth Wales, DWP Work Programme, EU-funded employment projects, Young Recruits, Pathways to Apprenticeship etc.
— investigate the destination of beneficiaries following their involvement with the programme particularly in terms of sustainable employment and subsequent training opportunities;
— review the overall management and implementation of the funded project highlighting good practice and areas for further development;
— investigate the perception of levels of satisfaction of the project amongst beneficiaries and participating employers and those delivering the project;
— assess the value for money of the project;
— consider the findings of the evaluation within the context of the wider evidence base;
— identify the key strengths of the project, and any issues & constraints that may have impeded its effectiveness; and
— provide recommendations and gather lessons learned to feed into future policies to support young people into employment.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79315000, 73110000, 79419000

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:

The Contract is for a term of 2 years and 2 months, although there may be some flexibility to ensure the final evaluation and dissemination events are completed. The estimated value of the contract is 150,000 GBP including VAT and expenses. Bids in excess of this figure will be excluded as unaffordable.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 150 000 EUR
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 50 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

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

Parent Company Guarantees and other security may be required in respect of some or all of the service provider’s obligations.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Payments will be made in accordance with the conditions of contract.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

Joint and several liability. The Contracting Authority will require the lead partner to be responsible for completing the contract on behalf of the consortium and enter into a contract with the Contracting Authority. Should the successful tenderer be a consortium of organisations, the Contracting Authority reserves the right to require a successful consortium to form a single entity or require the lead bidder to enter into back to back subcontracts with consortium members.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: As stated in the tender documents which can be downloaded at: http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/index/aboutuk/procurement_portal.htm

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: Bidders must confirm that the circumstances set out in Article 45(1) and 45(2) of Directive 2004/18/EC or or Regulation 23(1) or 23(4) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended) do not apply. Bidders that do not confirm this will be excluded from the competition.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: (1) Bidders are required to have adequate financial standing to perform the services without putting the Authority at risk. The financial ability of bidders will be assessed before their tender is evaluated as follows: In order for us to carry out this assessment please provide copies of last two year’s audited accounts and annual reports to include:
— Balance Sheet Balance Sheet;
— Profit & Loss Account and Cost of Sales;
— Full notes to the accounts;
— Director’s report/auditor’s report.
If you are unable to submit the information requested above because your organisation is below the threshold for which audited accounts are required, please submit the following documents instead:
— Balance Sheet;
— Profit and Loss Statement.
Failure to achieve this minimum requirement and pass the financial assessment shall result in the bidder being excluded from further participation in the tender competition.
(2) Bids that exceed 150,000 GBP (including VAT and expenses) will be considered unaffordable and will be excluded from further consideration in the the tender process.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
A bidder’s failure to achieve any of the following minimum requirements will result in the bidder being excluded from further consideration in the competition:
(1) As a minimum, the bidder must have 3 years relevant experience successfully delivering similar evaluation contracts of this type, value and complexity. Bidder’s will be required to submit evidence demonstrating this as part of their tender submissions.
(2) As a minimum the bidder must submit a complete tender in accordance with every instruction and requirement set out in the ITT.
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

Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

27.9.2013 – 12:00
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

IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

in days: 90 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of 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
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

The High Court, The Royal Courts of Justice
WC4A 2LL London
Telephone: +44 207946000

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: The Contracting Authority will incorporate a standstill period of 10 calendar days at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. That notification will provide full information on the award decision. Further information is set out in the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No 5) as amended.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:16.8.2013