Social Research Services Scotland

Social Research Services Scotland

Community Experiences of Serious Organised Crime in Scotland.

United Kingdom-Edinburgh: Social research services

2016/S 031-050214

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Scottish Government
3A South, Victoria Quay
Contact point(s): SPCD
For the attention of: Tony Cruickshank
EH6 6QQ Edinburgh
Telephone: +44 1312447167

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

Electronic access to information:

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate:

Further information can be obtained from: Scottish Government
3A South, Victoria Quay
Contact point(s): SPCD
For the attention of: Tony Cruickshank
EH6 6QQ Edinburgh
Telephone: +44 1312447167
Internet address:

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:

Community Experiences of Serious Organised Crime in Scotland.

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)

Scotland’s Organised Crime Strategy, emphasises the importance of having an evidence based understanding of serious organised crime (SOC) and its impact on communities. This reflects the Scottish Governments outcomes in the national performance framework to have strong, supportive communities and to live lives safe from crime.
Although there are accounts of organised crime based on administrative data from crime and criminal justice systems, there is a lack of research that considers the impact of organised crime from a community point of view. There is little information about how organised crime is perceived by communities, its range and extent, how it may be felt to impact on well-being, its integration into daily community life, and connections to other aspects of community well-being.
There is therefore a need for more in-depth qualitative research into the problem from the perspective of those within communities who may have observed SOC and been affected by it.
This will help to provide policy-makers within the Scottish Government Organised Crime Unit and Community Safety Unit, partner agencies within the Serious Organised Crime Taskforce and relevant stakeholders with a more accurate understanding of SOC, from the perspective of the people who experience it, and also inform them of how interventions might be used to decrease the negative impacts of SOC.
Contractor’s Responsibilities.
The contractor will design an innovative research methodology to provide a detailed account of local perspectives and experiences of SOC which addresses the ethical and practical difficulties that a study like this may involve. They will undertake the study with responsibility for the completion of all key research stages, provide interim reports and presentations for Scottish Government research and policy teams and final reports for publication.
Scope of Work.
The study will ideally carry out research in 4 — 5 community study sites in different areas of Scotland using in-depth qualitative research methods. It aims to collect data from a wide range of perspectives including people and communities that may be vulnerable and hard to reach.
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II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


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:

Community Experiences of Serious Organised Crime in Scotland study.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 152 000 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

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:
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: (1) All candidates will be required to provide statements of accounts or extracts from those accounts relating to their business.
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

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


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

Envisaged number of operators: 6
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Top ranked 6.
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 below

1. Capacity and capability. Weighting 30

2. Technical experience. Weighting 30

3. Technical skills. Weighting 40

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

22.3.2016 – 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

(SC Ref: 431650).
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: