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Kick the Dust: Future Proof Parks - Evaluation Partner tender opportunity

Posted on 05 September 2018

Groundwork UK is seeking a partner to undertake a mixed-method programme evaluation with a strong emphasis on face-to-face engagement with projects and participants of Future Proof Parks, delivered by Groundwork with funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Kick the Dust programme.

Kick the Dust is a new, national strategic pilot programme that aims to transform how heritage organisations engage young people. As such, HLF are keen to learn more about what the project achieves, both individually and as a cohort.

Groundwork UK, with partners the National Youth Agency (NYA) and Fields in Trusts will deliver Future Proof Parks - one of a portfolio of projects supported through Kick the Dust. Historic parks and heritage landscapes are threatened by funding cuts and because the groups that care for them are getting older. Young people will suffer most from a decline in the quality and accessibility of green space.

Future Proof Parks will address this by harnessing the energies and talents of young people and, through advice and training, encouraging them to support local heritage groups. This will support their own personal development and help them become role models to engage their peers in volunteering. Future Proof Parks will support 180 young people to become regular volunteers, contributing to the work of 60 friends’ groups across five locations.

We’ll test new approaches to helping communities safeguard and enjoy their green heritage assets long into the future. We’ll disseminate what we learn to other friends’ groups and youth organisations to promote wider change.

Supporting Documents

Download the complete Future Proof Parks tender specification.

Download the Future Proof Parks theory of change.

How to apply

Please provide a response to this tender specification in no more than 6,000 words in Word or PDF format. 

 Please ensure you include:

  • Details of your organisation.
  • Your understanding of the brief (including Groundwork, the partnership and the programme objectives).
  • Details of your staff team who will be working directly on this evaluation.
  • A detailed methodology clearly linked to relevant research questions.
  • Any additional or alternative research questions or approaches you feel appropriate.
  • Evidence of recent (within the last two years) and relevant experience conducting similar evaluations.
  • A detailed budget - see appendix.
  • Details of 2 recent referees who are willing to be contacted regarding work you have completed on their behalf.

You may also attach examples of relevant CVs, reports or case studies to support your tender, which do not count towards the overall word count.

Deadline: Please send tender submissions to by 11:59pm, Sunday 30 September 2018.

Once the completed tenders will be assessed, and the highest scoring tenderers will be invited to interview at Groundwork UK (Central Birmingham) during week commencing Monday 15 October 2018.

Any queries regarding this tender should be directed to Heather Saranne at stating 'Kick the Dust Evaluation Tender Query' in the subject line, or 0121 236 8565 by no later than midday, Monday 24 September 2018.

You can find out more about Future Proof Parks on the Groundwork UK website