Understanding Society: UK Household Longitudinal Survey

Understanding Society: UK Household Longitudinal Survey

Understanding Society is a major research study designed to provide valuable new evidence about the people of the UK, their lives, experiences, behaviours and beliefs. Understanding Society every year track the fortunes, attitudes and circumstances of people living in Britain. The survey follows teenagers as they grow up; see how families respond to unemployment or serious illness and see how people feel about the communities where they live.

UK-Colchester: survey conduction services

2012/S 227-373949

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Contact point(s): Central Procurement Unit
For the attention of: Adrian Woodmore
CO4 3SQ Colchester
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1206872068
E-mail: acwood@essex.ac.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.essex.ac.uk

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.essex.ac.uk/purchasing/

Electronic access to information: https://www.delta-esourcing.com/delta/index.html

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: https://www.delta-esourcing.com/delta/index.html

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

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:

Understanding Society: UK Household Longitudinal Survey: (Waves 6-8).
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 10: Market research and public opinion polling services
NUTS code UK

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)

Survey conduction services. Telephone survey services. Survey analysis services. Market research services. Survey services. Social research services. Understanding Society is a major research study designed to provide valuable new evidence about the people of the UK, their lives, experiences, behaviours and beliefs. Understanding Society every year track the fortunes, attitudes and circumstances of people living in Britain. The survey follows teenagers as they grow up; see how families respond to unemployment or serious illness and see how people feel about the communities where they live. This includes following 40,000 households year by year and asking them questions about a wide spectrum of areas relating to their working and personal lives. http://www.understandingsociety.org.uk/overview/whatis/default.aspx Further details are within the Pre Qualification Questionnaire.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79311200, 79311210, 79311300, 79310000, 79311000, 79315000

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: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 12 000 000 and 15 000 000 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

Starting 22.4.2013. Completion 30.9.2018

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

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

The University reserves the right to request deposits, guarantees, bonds, insurance, warranties or other forms of securities as it feels necessary.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

In accordance with the Universitys payment terms and conditions.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

Joint and several liability.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: The pre-qualification questionnaire must be passed and the bidder must be highly experienced in contracts of this nature and size.
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: The Authority will apply all the offences listed in Article 45(1) of Directive 2004/18/EC (implemented as Regulation 23(1) of the Public Contract Regulations (PCR) 2006 in the UK) and all of the professional misconducts listed at Article 45(2) of Directive 2004/18/EC (see also Regulation 23(2) in the PCR 2006) to the decision of whether a Candidate is eligible to be invited to tender.
A full list of the Regulation 23(1) and 23(2) criteria are at http://www.delta-esourcing.com/delta/project/reasonsForExclusion.html – pcr.

Candidates will be required to answer these questions as part of the qualification process. For candidates who are registered overseas, you will need to declare if you have any offences/misconduct under your own countries laws, where these laws are equivalent to the Regulation 23 lists.
Candidates who have been convicted of any of the offences under Article 45(1) are ineligible and will not be selected to bid, unless there are overriding requirements in the general interest for doing so.
Candidates who are guilty of any of the offences, circumstances or misconduct under Article 45(2) may be excluded from being selected to bid at the discretion of the authority.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: (a) Appropriate statements from banks or, where appropriate, evidence of relevant professional risk indemnity insurance
The University will obtain a report from a Credit Reference agency in order to ascertain the risk of each bidder.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: The bidder must not present a high risk on the report and must have a Contract Limit which would closely relate to the value of this contract or the potential bid. At the discretion of the Tender Panel the bidder must prove beyond doubt that they have and will be able to undertake a contract of this nature and size to a high quality.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
As detailed in the Pre Qualification Questionnaire.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
The bidder must score at least 50 % in the core areas of the PQQ and ITT stages to be eligible to pass at any stage in accordance with the criteria tables in each document. The Tender Panel reserves the right to exclude bidders that do not pass core areas that are essential to the bid. Only Health and Safety, the Environment and Quality Certification may be considered as non core under certain circumstances but the remainder of the PQQ and the ITT will all be core requirements.
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 minimum number 4: and maximum number 6
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: The University will shortlist bidders to the ITT Award Stage by the scores at the PQQ Stage. We reserve the right to alter the number shortlisted dependent on circumstances at the time, particularly in relation to the number of qualifying organisations or the final scoring at PQQ stage that is achieved from the bidders.
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:

T438
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no
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

21.12.2012 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

11.1.2013
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
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

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

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information

GO Reference: GO-20121121-PRO-4402113.
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: This authority will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. This period allows unsuccessful tenderers to seek further debriefing from the contracting body before the contract is entered into. Applicants have two working days from notification of the award decision to request additional debriefing and that information has to be provided a minimum of three working days before expiry of the standstill period. Such additional information should be requested from the address in section I.1.
If an appeal regarding the award of a contract has not been successfully resolved, the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No5) 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). Any such action must be brought promptly (generally within 3 months). Where a contract has not been entered into, the court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the contract has been entered into, the court may only award damages.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:21.11.2012