Reducing Reoffending Change Fund Evaluation

Reducing Reoffending Change Fund Evaluation

The Reducing Reoffending Change Fund has two key aims: 1. to provide offenders with substantial one-to-one support through evidence-based mentoring schemes.

UK-Edinburgh: Social research services

2013/S 084-142591

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Scottish Government Social Research
Floor 2WR, St. Andrews House, Regent Road
Contact point(s): Justice Analytical Services
For the attention of: Carole Edwards
EH1 3DG Edinburgh
Telephone: +44 1312288250

Internet address(es):

Address of the buyer profile:

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

General public services
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:

Reducing Reoffending Change Fund Evaluation
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 8: Research and development services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Scotland

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)

Evaluation of the Reducing Reoffending Change Fund
Justice Analytical Services are seeking to commission an evaluation of the implementation and early outcomes of the Reducing Reoffending Change Fund projects.
The Reducing Reoffending Change Fund is one of three change funds created by the Scottish Government to help drive a decisive shift towards preventative spending. Investing in prevention is crucial to increase the effectiveness and sustainability of public services and to improve outcomes for both service users and their communities. In the case of reoffending, prevention means addressing the risk factors associated with recidivism, and we can do this to greatest effect by working collaboratively.
The Reducing Reoffending Change Fund has two key aims:
1. to provide offenders with substantial one-to-one support through evidence-based mentoring schemes; and
2. to promote strong, equal partnership working between third and public sector organisations.
Year 2-3 funding was allocated in March 2013, and at least 6.5million GBP will be distributed between April 2013 and March 2015.
The purpose of this evaluation is to examine how effective the Reducing Reoffending Change Fund Public Social Partnerships have been at delivering mentoring services to offenders and achieving early outcomes, and why.
The evaluators will conduct fieldwork and analysis across the six projects to evaluate the reducing reoffending change fund as a whole, with an emphasis on lessons for effective mentoring and throughcare, and on the effectiveness of the Public Social Partnership model. They will also be expected to support the PSP projects to collect appropriate and where possible consistent data and also support them to conduct robust project level self-evaluation.
Two reports will be published for this evaluation – one before the end of the Change Fund period, and a second examining the subsequent mainstreaming of Change Fund projects.
Those invited to tender for this work will be expected to propose appropriate methods to generate the data and analysis required.
The project will take place between July 2013 and September 2015.
NOTE: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site at

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

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.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79315000, 73110000, 73300000, 73210000, 73200000

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:

Those invited to tender for this work will be expected to propose appropriate methods to generate the data and analysis required. it is envisaged that this will be a mixed method evaluation, comprising of QA and analysis of monitoring data, and fieldwork with a range of relevant stakeholders across all six Reducing Reoffending Change Fund projects.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 150 000 and 180 000 GBP
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: 26 (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:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

See specification document
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
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: See standard conditions of contract –

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
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

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

Envisaged minimum number 5
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Expressions of Interest are now sought for this project. The form will be assessed and contractors short-listed on the basis of the following:
– Evidence of experience and skills in managing and conducting process and early outcome or realist evaluations
– Specific evidence of experience, knowledge and skills in qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis
– Evidence of conducting research with offenders and/or partnerships between the public and third sectors
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
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

28.5.2013 – 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
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

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

Documents attached are the Form for submitting an Expression of Interest, the guidance which was made available to applicants for the Change Fund, and high level information about the 6 projects awarded funding.
(SC Ref:262732)
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:26.4.2013