Published date: 24 August 2021

Last edited date: 24 August 2021

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Opportunity (published 5 October 2021, last edited 5 October 2021)

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Contract summary


  • Research and development services and related consultancy services - 73000000

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Procurement reference

Redundancy and Retraining in the West Midlands- pilot evaluation

Published date

24 August 2021

Closing date

15 September 2021

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We're seeking Expressions of Interest for the evaluation of a new pilot intervention, designed to support people recently made redundant to find sustained employment.

We are currently developing this pilot through a co-design and prototyping process - so we do not know precisely what form the pilot intervention will take. We are seeking an evaluator to come on board at the end of the prototyping phase, to shape the evaluation framework, and generate useful and impactful learning from the pilot.

We are looking for an evaluation partner to evaluate the pilot - Phase 3 of the project. This is essentially a 'proof of concept'.

We will not, at the time of commissioning the evaluation, know precisely what the pilot intervention will consist of. We know that it will broadly take the shape of one of the opportunities identified during our initial research phase (see Appendix A in EOI document).

We want to bring evaluators in at the end of the prototyping phase (early January 2022) to observe the final decision-making element of the pilot, to deepen their understanding of the project.

They will then have three months to work with the Ageing Better team to scope the evaluation and develop an evaluation framework. We expect the pilot itself will run from April to October 2022 and that the evaluation will continue approximately 12 months after the pilot completes, to assess whether any outcomes are sustained. We plan to invite formal tenders from early October 2021.

There is a linked EOI on our website and completed questionnaires should be sent to

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