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Invitation to Tender
We are looking for an experienced evaluator with a passion for community-led, place-based initiatives to carry out a developmental evaluation of the Old Kent Road Family Zone.
If you have experience of supporting grassroots community-led approaches to learn, adapt, and do what they do best, please read on and apply. We would love to hear from you.
Submission deadline: 5pm Friday 27th October 2023
Impact on Urban Health is part of Guy’s & St Thomas’ Foundation, a charitable foundation based in South London. We address health inequalities by focusing on a few complex health issues that disproportionately impact people living in cities – children’s health and food, multiple long-term conditions, the health effects of air pollution, and children’s mental health.
Most of this work is specifically focused on the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark, but we share what we learn both nationally and internationally to influence urban health around the world.
All children should have the chance to feel happy and hopeful, no matter where they grow up. Our children’s mental health programme is learning from the experiences and expertise of those most impacted by poverty, racism, and other forms of oppression. We work alongside them and trusted, community-led partners to understand how we can reduce the inequalities that cause so much distress and trauma for children and families. Our aim is to ensure that every child has access to the things they need to thrive.
The Old Kent Road Family Zone (OKRFZ) is a community-led initiative which is currently hosted by Surrey Square Primary School. It aims to create the conditions for children and families living in the area to be physically and mentally healthy, happy, safe, and to achieve their potential, drawing on the community’s existing strengths and solutions, rather than ‘doing to’. The OKRFZ is designed and led by children and parents, working in partnership with local government, health services, schools, local businesses, the voluntary and community sector and the community. The long-term aims of the zone are to:
OKRFZ is underpinned by four strands of recovery: self-efficacy, gratitude, connectedness and hope. These principles inform the zone’s approach alongside the priorities of building, strengthening, or deepening relationships with individuals and organisations across the community, as a precondition for any meaningful work going forward.
The OKRFZ is governed by a Community Board with responsibility that ranges from strategy development to listening, understanding root causes and co-developing solutions with the wider community. The members that make up the Community Board include parents and representatives from local partner organisations including Burgess Sports, Pembroke House, London South Bank University, SSQ Parents, Southwark Law Centre, PACT, Citizens UK, Edible Rotherhithe, Big Education, Alvey Street TRA, and the Old Kent Road Mosque.
The Community Board meets every half term and has Terms of Reference in place which are regularly reviewed.
In 2022/23, Impact on Urban Health provided seed funding to Surrey Square Primary School to lead the early development of the OKRFZ, which involved: extensive community listening and engagement; setting up a Community Board; and implementing some early action projects, such as a Saturday Marketplace hosted at the school once a month as well as a new Friday youth club, open to both primary and secondary school students.
In this time, the team benefitted from the support of UCL students who developed three key deliverables: research into Family Zones as an approach, a toolkit for organising the Marketplace, and an implementation plan for continuing to develop the Marketplace’s impact. These documents will be made available to the developmental evaluation partner to build on as required.
We are now providing core funding for the next five years of the zone to support the following, interdependent OKRFZ-led activities:
We want to commission an evaluation partner with expertise in community-led place-based approaches to carry out a developmental evaluation of the OKRFZ. We would like the developmental evaluation to actively support the ongoing development of the OKRFZ, and to generate learning that will inform our children’s mental health programme.
More specifically, we would like the developmental evaluation to address the following broad questions:
For the OKRFZ team and wider community:
For Impact on Urban Health:
Using these broad learning questions as a starting point, we expect the evaluation partner to work with the OKRFZ team and us to develop a more detailed set of questions and an evaluation plan to guide the approach.
We would like the OKRFZ evaluation partner to develop an approach that embeds the core principles of developmental evaluation, as originally described by Michael Quinn Patton (2011). The primary purpose of this role will be to support the OKRFZ team by asking evaluative questions and helping them to make sense of real-time information, data, feedback and
experiences to inform ongoing decision-making and continually adapt their approach in response to changes in context.
The evaluation partner should offer challenge and facilitate critical thinking as well as support the initiative’s learning and evolution. To do this they will need to appreciate the complexities of community-led work, understand how the Community Board works and develop a good relationship with the OKRFZ team, whilst also providing some structure to the learning process and acting as a sounding board to help the initiative develop.
The evaluation partner will also need to have the experience required to skilfully navigate the power dynamics involved in delivering a role whose primary purpose is to support the OKRFZ to learn and develop, whilst also generating learning that can be used to inform IOUH’s work and future decision making.
The approach will need to be critically reflective at its core, combining theory and practice to enable community empowerment and critical awareness, and will need to involve:
We anticipate that audiences for this learning will include:
We expect the evaluation to generate formative and actionable learning. Formal outputs should
In addition to the deliverables listed above, we expect the evaluation partner to support the OKRFZ team to produce updates and briefings to communicate insights from the evaluation to the audiences listed above as and when required.
We would like to work with an evaluation partner who:
The evaluation partner will need experience of:
We would like to work with an evaluation partner who has the following skills:
There is a budget of up to £120,000 including VAT available to fund the evaluation partner role from December 2023 for 24 months.
For administrative reasons, your contract will be with Impact on Urban Health. However, it is essential that you develop a close working relationship with the key people involved in the OKRFZ, and that the developmental evaluation primarily serves their needs and interests.
Please send your proposal to Jen Durrant (Evaluation and Learning Manager) at email@example.com by 5pm on Friday 27th October. We will then invite shortlisted applicants for a 45-minute interview w/c 20th November to explore their proposals in more depth.
If you have any questions, please do ask. Questions can be sent to Alice Thornton at firstname.lastname@example.org before 16th October, and to Jen Durrant at email@example.com between 16th and 26th October.
Send your proposal to Jen Durrant by 5pm on Friday 27th October.