Tenders are being welcomed from researchers for the independent evaluation of Project Stride
POSTED: 29th January 2018 11:41am
EACH Counselling and Support is the commissioning organisation. We are a small-medium sized charity working across West London providing a range of services, namely counselling, structured day programmes, psycho-educational groups, key working, advice, information and advocacy, to people experiencing or affected by drugs and alcohol, mental health and domestic violence and abuse.
We operate at two centres in Brent and Ealing, with a mental health users’ drop in facility in Hounslow, from satellites in various locations and through outreach. Further details about EACH and our work is available on our website.
The evaluation will be of Project Stride, a health and employment initiative, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund through its Reaching Communities programme. It is in its third, and final, year. This brief sets out the nature of the evaluation, the anticipated outputs and the intended outcomes. It should form the basis of your Expression of Interest (EOI) in bidding for the contract. This should set out the methodology of how you will evaluate the success of the project in assessing its impact and achieving outcomes for a) clients; b) other beneficiaries identified within the project and c) stakeholders where applicable, i.e. organisations and professionals that the project has worked with.
Your EOI should include the methodology to be employed and the tools needed to gather qualitative and quantitative data such as questionnaires, focus groups, etc in order to demonstrate what has changed in the lives of those users who took part in the project.
The project aims to enable service users recovering from substance misuse, domestic violence and mental health to develop the skills and confidence to take up and sustain employment, training and education. Key project activities are:
Whilst the above activities were part of the Year One plan, over the course of the project there have been variations built into its implementation.
This evaluation will be used to assess progress and impact in meeting the project outcomes. It will be used to highlight the changes, or otherwise, that the project has made to its beneficiaries and other organisations and professionals way of working or understanding. The evaluation will need to draw out the learning from the work, including on the model of delivery and identify best practice for dissemination.
The report will be used both internally and to promote the effectiveness of the project externally to various stakeholders, including the Big Lottery, funders, local partnerships. It will also be used to identify future areas of work for development.
We have annual and interim monitoring reports produced for the Big Lottery, since the commencement of the project. Information and data on project users’ is available, including referral sources, demographics and individual outcomes. Client satisfaction surveys are available and we will also be able to facilitate access to project users. We also have the original research which informed the application to the Big Lottery. The successful evaluator will need to contact organisations and professionals that have worked with the project – we will provide contact details and will have informed them of this evaluation.
The project has specific outcomes (difference to be made) and indicators to gauge the level of impact agreed with its funder. These are related to the Big Lottery priority (at time of funding), and are set out below, as well as the requirements from the evaluation.
Big Lottery Funding Priority
People have better chances in life, with better access to training and development to improve their life skills.
|Project Outcome||Project Indicators|
|People recovering from substance misuse, domestic violence and mental health have increased confidence, motivation and better health to access ETE or volunteering||
|Basic employability skills (literacy and numeracy) of people accessing the project will be improved, including English for people from BME groups||
|People recovering from substance misuse, domestic violence and mental health demonstrate improved employment skills||
|People using the service gain or sustain employment, including with on-going support||
|Evaluation needs to address and include||
There maybe issues with contacting some of the project users and getting their views due to concerns around stigma and confidentiality. Potential evaluators need to be mindful of the client group (culture, gender, language etc) supported by the project.
We will expect a brief interim report plus a draft followed by the final report.
Potential bidders will need to provide the following:
The proposed timescale for this work is as follows:
There is a budget of £5,000 set aside to pay for this evaluation.
To register your interest, submit EOIs or to clarify any aspect of this tender, please contact via email only:
Projects & Communications Officer
EACH Counselling and Support