TENDER: Programme Evaluation

Groundwork UK is seeking a partner to undertake a short qualitative evaluation with a strong emphasis on face-to-face engagement with projects and participants of Natural Neighbourhoods.

About Natural Neighbourhoods

Natural Neighbourhoods is a targeted programme which helps young people into employment. The programme creates jobs and develops a programme of environmental traineeships to support the improvement and protection of local parks and the greenspaces that matter to the surrounding communities.

The programme focuses on disadvantaged areas in the East, Midlands, and North, where people are experiencing the worst social and economic impacts of the pandemic. In these communities, Covid-19 has worsened health inequalities and led to a significant rise in youth unemployment.

Natural Neighbourhoods will encourage existing and new local volunteers to get involved with local projects. Working alongside landowners to enhance the quality of accessible green space in towns with high levels of deprivation; country parks in urban fringe areas; and pockets of public space in isolated rural communities.

Natural Neighbourhoods is delivered by Groundwork, funded by DEFRA through The Green Recovery Challenge Fund programme, via The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The opportunity

Groundwork UK’s key aim for the evaluation is to evidence the impact of the programme on young people (trainees), volunteers, community members. We are also interested in proposals which evidence the impact of the programme on heritage sites and their users, and the resilience of the organisations involved. Proposals may also wish to test and provide suggestions for improvement to the programme Theory of Change.

It is expected that the successful tenderer will:

  • Work flexibly and collaboratively with the Groundwork UK and Groundwork Trusts leading delivery from hub locations.
  • Engage positively and collaboratively with programme participants and volunteers, and where appropriate with the funders and their evaluation partner.
  • Attend key meetings and events throughout the programme to form relationships with partners and disseminate learning.

How to apply

Please provide a response to this tender specification in no more than 3,000 words in Word or PDF format.  Tenders must be submitted electronically.

Download the below documents to find out more about the opportunity and how to apply.

Invitation to Tender

Invitation to Tender: Appendices

Please send tender submissions to karen.field@groundwork.org.uk by midday on Monday 12 July 2021.

Any queries regarding this tender should be directed to sarah.duncan@groundwork.org.uk stating ‘Natural Neighbourhoods Tender Query’ in the subject line by no later than midday on Thursday 8 July 2021.

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