LSIS research and development framework

LSIS research and development framework

LSIS commissions research and development projects in a range of areas related to learning and skills, quality improvement, qualifications and professional development in the UK further education and skills sector.

UK-Coventry: social research services

2012/S 49-080508

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Learning and Skills Improvement Service
Friars House, Manor House Drive
For the attention of: Ashley South
CV1 2TE Coventry
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2476627900
E-mail: research.framework@lsis.org.uk

Internet address(es):

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

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.mytenders.org/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA19421

Further information can be obtained from: Learning and Skills Improvement Service
Friars House, Manor House Drive
For the attention of: Ashley South
CV1 2TE Coventry
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2476627900
E-mail: research.framework@lsis.org.uk
Internet address: http://www.lsis.org.uk/WorkingWithLSIS/Opportunities/Tenders/

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: Learning and Skills Improvement Service
Friars House, Manor House Drive
For the attention of: Ashley South
CV1 2TE Coventry
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2476627900
E-mail: research.framework@lsis.org.uk
Internet address: http://www.lsis.org.uk/WorkingWithLSIS/Opportunities/Tenders/

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: Learning and Skills Improvement Service
Friars House, Manor House Drive
For the attention of: Ashley South
CV1 2TE Coventry
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2476627900
E-mail: research.framework@lsis.org.uk
Internet address: http://www.lsis.org.uk/WorkingWithLSIS/Opportunities/Tenders/

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity

Education
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:

LSIS research and development framework.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 8: Research and development services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: England.
NUTS code UK

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

Framework agreement with several operators
maximum number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 50
Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 3
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 5 000 and 500 000 GBP

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

LSIS commissions research and development projects in a range of areas related to learning and skills, quality improvement, qualifications and professional development in the UK further education and skills sector.
LSIS is therefore seeking applications from research specialists wishing to be considered for inclusion on a new register, to be operational from June 2012, and who have a thorough experience and understanding of:
— The further education and skills sector within the United Kingdom.
And/or.
— Parallel market sectors (either within education, within England or beyond) where the knowledge and skills gained could be considered to be both relevant and transferable.
The required R&D services fall into eleven areas as follows:
I. Identifying and documenting effective practices – from both research and practice;
II. Support for practitioner led research;
III. Conducting knowledge reviews;
IV. Market analysis, new product development (for LSIS products and services); stakeholder, customer, learner surveys;
V. Public policy commentary and “thought leadership”; knowledge transformation and brokerage; editorial support;
VI. Equality and diversity;
VII. Modelling, forecasting and scenario building; data / statistical analysis;
VIII. Programme evaluation; strategic evaluation;
IX. Programme design and development;
X. Research and development of national occupational standards (NOS), qualifications and apprenticeship frameworks for the sector workforce;
XI. Workforce data support for the sector workforce.
Note: to register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the myTenders web site at http://www.myTenders.org/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=86652.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79315000, 79300000, 79310000, 79311400, 80000000

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

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: yes
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

Estimated value range between 5 000 and 500 000.
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: We envisage that the framework agreements will be awarded for 3 years initially with options to extend for a further 24 months.
II.2.3)Information about renewals

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

Starting 29.6.2012. Completion 29.5.2015

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

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

Not required.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
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: (1) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they are not bankrupt or the subject of an administration order, are not being wound-up, have not granted a trust deed, are not the subject of a petition presented for sequestration of their estate, have not had a receiver, manager or administrator appointed and are not otherwise apparently insolvent;
(2) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have not been convicted of a criminal offence relating to the conduct of their business or profession;
(3) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have not committed an act of grave misconduct in the course of their business or profession;
(4) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions under the law of any part of the United Kingdom or of the relevant State in which the candidate is established;
(5) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of taxes under the law of any part of the United Kingdom or of the relevant State in which the economic operator is established.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: (1) All candidates will be required to provide evidence of relevant professional risk indemnity insurance.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
(1) A statement of the candidate’s average annual number of staff and managerial staff over the previous 3 years;
(2) Details of the educational and professional qualifications of their managerial staff; and those of the person(s) who would be responsible for providing the services or carrying out the work or works under the contract;
Details required of:
Track record of successfully undertaking work for clients in the UK further education and skills sector and any other work considered to be relevant.
Key staff who would be available to work on projects commissioned by LSIS.
Internal project management and risk management processes.
Internal quality control and assurance processes and systems.
Data protection policies and processes.
Equality and diversity policies and processes.
Conformance with relevant industry standards and codes of practice.
Professional bodies for which membership held at individual and/or organisational level.
Relevant awards, accreditation &/or inspection results.
Any use of sub-contractors and how these are managed and quality controlled.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
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: yes

Section IV: Procedure

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

Open
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

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 2.5.2012
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

2.5.2012 – 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

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

until: 28.9.2012
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders

Date: 3.5.2012 – 10:00
Place:

Hillman Meeting Room, LSIS, Friars House, Manor House Drive, Coventry CV1 2TE, England.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
VI.3)Additional information

(MT Ref:86652).
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

8.3.2012