INVITATION TO TENDER: Independent evaluation of the FAMILY MATTERS project

February 18, 2022
Published by Dudley CVS

Read and download the full details and Invitation to Tender here: Independent evaluation of the FAMILY MATTERS project 


Building Better Opportunities

Building Better Opportunities (BBO) is a programme aimed at tackling poverty and social inclusion, by assisting the most disadvantaged people throughout England, and is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF) and the European Social Fund (ESF) with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) acting as the Managing Authority.


Family Matters is a project to help people across the Black Country build the skills and confidence to get into work. Family Matters is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF), which is delivered through community organisations across the Black Country.

Family Matters works with people one-to-one to understand their goals and their challenges, and then offer all the support that’s needed to help them achieve their goals. Family Matters also works with young people aged 15 or over who are not in education, employment or training.

Family Matters provides:

  • Family support
  • Confidence building
  • One-to-one mentoring and support
  • Information, advice and guidance
  • Help with CVs and application forms
  • Job search support
  • Training
  • Volunteering opportunities

Purpose of the evaluation

The evaluation will be used to assess the progress and impact in meeting the projects objectives alongside measuring the overall effectiveness of both the project and the partnership with close attention given to highlighting the changes, if any, made to its participants.

The evaluation will need to report upon

  • The extent to which the project has achieved its objectives
  • The impact upon the participants accessing the support of the project
  • Whether the project has had a differential impact upon specific groups of participants (women/BAME/over 50 etc)
  • Determine if the project demonstrates equal opportunity access
  • Strengths and weakness of the approach taken by this project
  • The extent, and how, the project has built successful partnerships
  • The most, and, least effective elements of the project
  • The challenges faced by the project and the partnerships
  • What could have been done differently
  • Any unintended benefits of the project to both participants and partners
  • Lessons learnt and good practice
  • Assessing the potential for replication of the project’s approach in other areas.
  • Recommendations based on the evidence including comparison to other national BBO projects.
  • The partnership experience.

This list may not be exhaustive

Research methodology

Potential suppliers should specify the techniques they intend to supply however as a minimum we would anticipate that it will include the following

  • Analysis of the projects management information system
  • Tracking participants to establish the impact of the project
  • One to one interviews with participants and staff
  • Focus groups
  • Surveys
  • Incorporate appropriate information from additional reports and publications
  • Demographic research to establish baselines and impact in the wider context

Timeframe and budget

The evaluation will take place between April 2022 and September 2022 and will include a full evaluation of the project which commenced in September 2016

The budget is a maximum of £20,000 inclusive of any VAT or expenses. This includes the costs of all research, interviews, focus groups (including travel and expenses), analysis, report writing and meetings with the project team and Black Country Together CIC.

Read and download the full details and Invitation to Tender here: Independent evaluation of the FAMILY MATTERS project 

Any queries or questions regarding this tender should be directed to Hannah Clarke at stating FAMILY MATTERS Evaluation Tender Query in the subject line, by no later than 10am 28th February 2022.

Closing date for tenders 10am 4th March 2022.

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