Ex ante evaluation of the Rural Development Programme

Ex ante evaluation of the Rural Development Programme

The overall aim of the ex ante evaluation is to help inform the development of the Scottish Government’s SRDP and the Scottish chapter of the Partnership Agreement.

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1 Authority Details

1.1

Authority Name and Address


The Scottish Ministers acting through the Scottish Government

Saughton House, Broomhouse Drive,

Edinburgh

EH11 3XD

UK

Mrs Bridget McGee

+44 1312449824

bridget.mcgee@scotland.gsi.gov.uk
http://www.scotland.gov.uk

1.2

Address from which documentation may be obtained


The Scottish Ministers acting through the Scottish Government

Envirnonment and Forestry Directorate, Saughton House, Broomhouse Drive,

Edinburgh

EH11 3XD

UK

Mrs Bridget McGee

+44 1312449824

bridget.mcgee@scotland.gsi.gov.uk
http://www.scotland.gov.uk

1.3

Completed documents must be returned to:


The Scottish Ministers acting through the Scottish Government

Envirnonment and Forestry Directorate, Saughton House, Broomhouse Drive,

Edinburgh

EH11 3XD

UK

Mrs Bridget McGee

+44 1312449824

bridget.mcgee@scotland.gsi.gov.uk
http://www.scotland.gov.uk

2 Contract Details

2.1

Title

Ex ante evaluation of the Rural Development Programme

2.2

Description of the goods or services required

The overall aim of the ex ante evaluation is to help inform the development of the Scottish Government’s SRDP and the Scottish chapter of the Partnership Agreement.

Part of the ex ante evaluation will be the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). Indeed it is a legal requirement from the EC that an environmental assessment is undertaken for the SRDP . Full compliance with the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005 will be required. The objective of the SEA is to describe, identify and assess the likely significant effects on the environment of implementing the SRDP. This will be incorporated into the preparation of the SRDP so as to help provide information to assess the environmental challenges and considerations for the SRDP.

Given the nature of the SRDP it is important that the SEA is proportionate for a high level plan. A balance will need to be struck between conducting a robust SEA which fully complies with the 2005 Act (and therefore Directive 2001/42/EC), and providing a ‘light touch’ approach which focuses on the significant environmental effects of the SRDP and uses only relevant environmental information. There will be a need to deal effectively with considerable uncertainty about environmental effects at this stage, using appropriate methods and drawing on experience in SEA of national level plans and strategies. We expect that there will be scope to undertake the SEA in a focused way, which builds on, rather than duplicates, the extensive information gathered to inform the previous version of the SRDP. Concise reporting will be required to maximise the transparency and impact of the SEA process.

There are a number of different stages in the process of preparing the submission of the SRDP to the European Commission. During each stage, the Scottish Government will be looking for the ex ante evaluator to engage in order to support the design of the programme.

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=238128.

The awarding authority has indicated that it will accept electronic responses to this notice via a ‘Tender Submission Postbox’ facility. Further details of this facility are available at http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/PostBox/Postbox_Explain.aspx?ID=238128.

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. The postbox closes precisely at the time stated.

2.3

Notice Coding and Classification

151300 Environmental
159999 other Consultancy
181500 Monitoring

100 All Scotland

2.4

Total quantity or scope of tender

3 Conditions for Participation

3.1

Minimum standards and qualification required

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

RESAS/005/12

4.3

Time Limits

a) Time-limit for obtaining documentation

b) Time-limit for receipt of completed tenders
02-10-2012  Time  12:00

c) Estimated award date  31-10-2012

4.5

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

EN 

4.6

Tender Submission Postbox

The awarding authority has indicated that it will accept electronic responses to this notice via the Tender Submission Postbox facility. Further details are available at http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/PostBox/Postbox_Explain.aspx?ID=238128

5 Other Information

5.1

Additional Information

(SC Ref:238128)

5.2

Additional Documentation

RESAS 005 12 ITT docs SGTC3
FAQ for tenders

5.3

Publication date of this notice

04-09-2012