Evaluation of the Libraries Development Initiative

Evaluation of the Libraries Development Initiative

[Value: £38000.0 – £50000.0 | Location: England | Deadline Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT | Description: We require a supplier to provide to develop an evaluation framework for, and undertake an overarching evaluation of, the Libraries development Initiative.

Reference number: ACE-2011-028

Deadline date: 13/02/2012

This deadline is for… Receipt of Tender proposals

Contract value: £38,000 – £50,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: England

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? No

Name of the buying organisation: Arts Council England


Description of the contract

We require a supplier to provide to develop an evaluation framework for, and undertake an overarching evaluation of, the Libraries development Initiative. The initiative will run between March 2012 and March 2013. We expect to support a maximum of 8-10 projects. Amounts of funding allocated to each project will differ according to the scope and scale of work. Each project will be awarded a maximum of £20,000. The grants are designed to allow for experimentation and development of projects that will be self-sustaining and provide a platform to engage with other funding sources in the future. Successful applicants will be required to sign up to a one-year funding agreement with Arts Council England. Projects could include only one library service or a consortium of library services and other organisations. We are assessing applications that propose to work with up to 50 consortium partners including library services and other delivery bodies. Overarching aims and objectives of the evaluation: An evaluation of the LDI is required to assess whether it has achieved its objectives in relation to goal 3 of our strategy document, Culture, knowledge and understanding: great museums and libraries for everyone – this goal states that “museums and libraries are sustainable, resilient and innovative”. More specifically, the evaluation should focus on whether the projects supported and funded have increased the sustainability of the participating library service(s) through their activity and whether these projects have the potential to improve the sustainability of public libraries sector more generally. The specific ways in which the library services (and the sector) will have been made more sustainable will depend on the approach that the project has taken to meeting the requirements set out in the guidance document for applicants and to the part of the funding that they have set out to meet. Specific objectives of the evaluation: To develop an evaluation framework and undertake an overarching evaluation of, the Libraries development Initiative. This evaluation framework should include: • The development of a methodology for measuring the sustainability of the LDI projects. • The LDI has been designed to support certain specific types of activity that should create sustainability within the sector, including: o partnerships developed outside of the cultural sector (e.g. commercial partnerships, partnerships with health services etc) o partnerships developed within the cultural sector (e.g. with local arts organisations) o increased engagement with service users through funded activities o contribution to wider agendas and how well placed the service is to benefit from strategic commissioning o Diversification of funding streams and long-term potential and stability of new funding streams • The evaluation should look at how activities in these areas have affected levels of sustainability in participating library services and identify areas of strength and weakness in their approaches. The methodology could include but should not be limited to customer satisfaction, service usage, staff confidence and satisfaction. • A review of the structure and timeframe of the LDI in the context of its overarching aim to improve the resilience and sustainability of library services • Identification of the successes of the funding initiative as a whole against the LDI objectives – how these projects have the potential to contribute to the resilience of the library sector as a whole as well as in participating library projects • Development of an evaluation toolkit that pilot projects can use for their own self-evaluation, The toolkit should draw upon the Arts Council’s self evaluation framework where appropriate but we welcome suggestions from agencies as to how it could be tailored to ensure that it aligns with the overarching evaluation. The Arts Council’s self evaluation framework can be found here: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/selfevaluation/ • Detailed recommendations for a wider roll-out of successful aspects of the LDI • An evaluation report in a Word Document that provides information to the library sector and other associated organisations about the potential for this funding initiative to provide future direction for achieving sustainability and resilience in a clear, usable format, suitable for publication and that is sufficiently robust to stand up to external scrutiny.


Classification of the contract

79419000 Evaluation consultancy services

73210000 Research consultancy services


Additional information

Contract type: Services – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? No

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 16 Months


Who to contact

Contact name Katie Pekacar

Address 14 Great Peter Street, London, SW1P 3NQ

Telephone 02079735310

Extension number:


Email Katie.pekacar@artscouncil.org.uk

Web address www.artscouncil.org.uk


How to apply

Please download the ITT documents and tender supplier appraisal form attached to this notice and respond in accordance with the instructions provided. Please note the deadline for tender responses, including completed supplier appraisal forms, is 12:00hrs Monday 13th February 2012. Any proposal delivered after the closing time and date for any reason may be discounted.