Published date: 15 September 2021

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 7 October 2021, 4pm

Contract summary


  • Research services - 73110000

  • Research and development consultancy services - 73200000

  • Research consultancy services - 73210000

    • Evaluation consultancy services - 79419000

    • Education and training services - 80000000

Location of contract

North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, North West, East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England, South East, South West, London

Value of contract

£45,900 to £51,000

Procurement reference


Published date

15 September 2021

Closing date

7 October 2021

Closing time


Contract start date

25 October 2021

Contract end date

31 March 2022

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (below threshold)

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

This procedure can be used for procurements below the relevant contract value threshold.

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The purpose of this tender is to secure the services of a tenderer to deliver an independent process evaluation for Department for Education (DfE) grant-funded further education (FE) workforce development in the mentoring programme area. The evaluation will consider participants' perceptions of how the programme affects their professional practice, provider performance and learner outcomes. It will compare the effectiveness of different programme strands in meeting the programme objectives, recommend improvements to strengthen programme quality and impact, and inform future programme investment and design decisions.
The partner is sought to evaluate the mentoring programme area delivered in England by the ETF with DfE grant funding during 2021-22. The process evaluation will follow HM Treasury evaluation guidance and consider the following: sufficiency of programme resources; programme design and whether it was delivered as intended; unintended issues in programme delivery; whether the programme reached its intended beneficiaries; the quality of programme outputs and participant satisfaction; what worked well and what could be improved; external factors influencing programme delivery and intended beneficiaries. Evidence will include the following: programme management information; surveys and interviews collecting participants' perceptions of their experience; interviews collecting delivery partners' perceptions of their contributions; interviews collecting programme managers' perceptions of programme design and delivery. The evaluation will use ETF programme management information and surveys co-designed with and administered by the ETF, in addition to collecting other primary data and analysing secondary data.

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Commissioning and Procurement Partner


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157 - 197 Buckingham Palace Road


+44 2037408280