Innovation Fund Round 2

UK-Sheffield: education and training services

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) officially announced the Innovation Fund on the 12.5.2011 which is part of a package of support aimed at tackling some of the long term structural barriers that stop some vulnerable young people from getting a job and starting their career

2012/S 2-003094

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Department for Work and Pensions
Mayfield Court, West Street
For the attention of: Liz Williams
S1 4EP Sheffield
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1142601645
E-mail: innovation.fundprocurement@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.dwp.gov.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: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions
I.3)Main activity

Social protection
Other: Employment Related Training
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)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Innovation Fund Round 2.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
NUTS code
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)

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) officially announced the Innovation Fund on the 12.5.2011 which is part of a package of support aimed at tackling some of the long term structural barriers that stop some vulnerable young people from getting a job and starting their career. Vulnerable young people are a very diverse group with a variety of different needs. A range of factors are associated with a greater risk of becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training) including low attainment, truancy, exclusion, teenage parenthood and having a learning difficulty and/or disability. It is expected that the Innovation Fund bids will focus on the most disadvantaged young people rather than those who spend a short time NEET whilst in transition between other activities. The purpose of the Innovation Fund is to improve employment prospects for young people by supporting disadvantaged 14–15 year olds to participate and succeed in education or training in order to ultimately achieve better employment outcomes. The Innovation Fund procurement exercise has been split into two procurement rounds to allow for the development of Social Investment Partnerships. DWP has awarded six contracts in the first round and expects to award a further three to seven contracts, dependant on the match with the remaining funding available, though the DWP will not be limited to this indicative range. The final number of contracts to be awarded will also be dependant on the financial liability of the outcome payments (financial liability will be based the value of the total number of outcomes proposed) and the quality of bids. DWP are seeking proposals for Round 2 of the Innovation Fund from Social Investment Partnerships, comprising one or more “investors” and one or more “Delivery Bodies”. In some cases, such as Social Impact Bond (SIB) models, an intermediary may also be involved to bring together bond investors and manage the payment of returns to the bond holders. DWP will pay the contractor (Investor / Intermediary) for outcomes achieved. The Delivery Bodies will receive funding from the Investors to cover their delivery costs in full, so they do not have to take the risks of outcome payments. The Investors supporting the Delivery Body could include:
— a number of individuals or organisations investing via a Social Impact Bond (SIB) model or similar via an intermediary body,
— single organisations or individuals,
Further details about the Innovation Fund procurement and DWP’s requirements will be available in the Specification and Initial Application Form, available to download from 11.1.2012, via Bravo Solutions (DWP’s e tendering platform) see the link below; https://dwp.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml These are Part B services and the DWP will not be bound by the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended) except as such Regulations are applicable to Part B services. This contract(s) for Part B services is being advertised in OJEU voluntarily.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80000000, 80400000, 80200000, 80300000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.1.8)Lots

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:

DWP expect to award between 3 and 7 contracts in Round 2 of the Innovation Fund. Geographical restrictions will apply to bids to avoid overlap with the successful Round 1 bids details will be outlined in the Specification.
DWP will not consider bids with a contract value (based on the value of the total number of outcomes proposed) in excess of £3 million per year as we want to award a number of contracts in order to test Social Investment concepts. There are no minimum levels but contracts must be of sufficient size* to enable them to be properly evaluated by an independent research organisation against the agreed outcome measures and wider Innovation Fund success measures. Each contract will run for up to three years.
* See the Specification for further information.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 000,00 and 13 500 000,00 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 36 (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 or equivalent, performance bonds or deposits may be required in appropriate circumstances.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Requirements will be set out in the invitation to tender documents.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

No special legal form is required but if a contract is awarded to a consortium, DWP may require the consortium to form a legal entity before entering into, or as a term of, the contract. DWP’s specific requirements are to be determined but DWP may require that any contract(s) awarded be entered into by a single legal entity on the part of the successful bidder(s).
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
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: Suppliers Instructions How to Express Interest in this Tender:
1. Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once):
— browse to the eSourcing Portal: https://dwp.bravosolution.co.uk and click the link to register,

— accept the terms and conditions and click ‘continue’,
— enter your correct business and user details,
— note the username you chose and click ‘Save’ when complete,
— you will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure).
2. Express an Interest in the tender:
— login to the portal with the username/password,
— click the ‘PQQs / ITTs Open To All Suppliers’ link. (These are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier),
— click on the relevant PQQ/ ITT to access the content,
— click the ‘Express Interest’ button at the top of the page,
— this will move the PQQ /ITT into your ‘My PQQs/ My ITTs’ page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only),
— you can now access any attachments by clicking ‘Buyer Attachments’ in the ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’ box.
3. Responding to the tender:
— click ‘My Response’ under ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’, you can choose to ‘Create Response’ or to ‘Decline to Respond’ (please give a reason if declining),
— you can now use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification,
— note the deadline for completion, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT,
— there may be a mixture of online & offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available).
You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button at the top of the page. NB for innovation fund purposes the initial application form (IAF) is being used instead of a standard PQQ. But will be available from the PQQ/ItT pages within Bravo. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help, or contact the eTendering help desk on +44 8003684850.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: DWP’s requirements will be set out in the Initial Application Form, copies of which are available on Bravo Solutions (DWP’S e tendering platform) from 11.1.2012. Completed Initial Application Forms must be returned to DWP no later than 10am 22.2.2012, in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders document.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: DWP’s requirements will be set out in the Initial Application Form, copies of which are available on Bravo Solutions (DWP’S e tendering platform) from 11.1.2012. Completed Initial Application Forms must be returned to DWP no later than 10am 22.2.2012, in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders document.
III.2.3)Technical capacity
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

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Restricted
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged number of operators: 40
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: An assessment of the response given in the Initial Application Form will be undertaken to ensure innovation, that proposals do not duplicate existing Department for Work and Pension and / or Department for Education provision or other proposals and that there is a suitable mix of delivery concepts. The Department wants to run a number of different delivery concepts and therefore will not consider projects with a financial liability (based on all outcomes being achieved) in excess of £3 million per year. Further details on the evaluation criteria will be provided in the Instructions to Bidders document which will accompany the Initial Application Form. The Initial Application Form and supporting documents will be available via Bravo Solutions (DWP’s e tendering platform) from 11.1.2012 and can be accessed via https://dwp.bravosolution.co.uk.

IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
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:

UI_DWP_100041
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Notice number in the OJEU: 2011/S 117-193587 of 17.6.2011

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 22.2.2012 – 10:00
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

22.2.2012 – 10:00
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

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

Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders

Date: 22.2.2012 – 10:00
Place:

Uploaded to Bravo Solutions as per Instructions to Bidders.

Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
VI.3)Additional information

The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise.
DWP expressly reserves the rights: (i) to cancel this procurement at any stage. (ii) to not award any contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice; and (iii)to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the tendering competition; and in no circumstances will DWP be liable for any costs incurred by bidders. This is a procurement for Part B services and DWP will not be bound by Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended) except as such Regulations are applicable to Part.
B services. This contract(s) for Part B services is being advertised in OJEU voluntarily. The Innovation Fund will be procured using a two stage tendering approach. For the first stage of the process bidders will complete an Initial Application Form. Bidders successful at this stage will then be invited to submit a tender for the second stage. Interested organisations wishing to tender are invited to register on Bravo Solutions (DWP’s e tendering platform) from 11.1.2012 via the link below to view the specification and submit their Initial Application Form no later than 10:00am (GMT) on 22.2.2012.
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Department for Work and Pensions
CD Sourcing, Level 4, Mayfield Court, 56 West Street
S1 4EP Sheffield
UNITED KINGDOM

Body responsible for mediation procedures

Department for Work and Pensions
CD Sourcing, Level 4, Mayfield Court, 56 West Street
S1 4EP Sheffield
UNITED KINGDOM

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: DWP will incorporate a minimum of 10 calendar day standstill period at the point of information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. The Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No 5) (as amended) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). You may also care to note the information provided via the following web links: The DWP commercial complaints process – http://www.dwp.gov.uk/supplying-dwp/purchasing-in-dwp/dwp-commercial-complaints/.

VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

Department for Work and Pensions
CD Sourcing, Level 4, Mayfield Court, 56 West Street
S1 4EP Sheffield
UNITED KINGDOM
Internet address: www.dwp.gov.uk

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:3.1.2012