improving-futuresWolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council (WVSC) are pleased to invite tenders from appropriate individuals, partnerships or organisations with suitable experience of evaluating similar programmes or activities. We are looking for evaluators who are able to work sensitively with beneficiaries and other stakeholders in order to evaluate the Wolverhampton Improving Futures programmes.


Wolverhampton Improving Futures is a Big Lottery funded 5 year programme which ends in its current form in June 2017.

Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council is the lead and accountable organisation for the programme. Improving Futures is a national Big Lottery Strategic Programme designed to test the effectiveness of early intervention services for families with primary school aged children. It was launched in 2011 with Wolverhampton being one of 26 successful areas.

There are a range of activities undertaken to meet the Programme Outcomes, however at its core is a 12 month mentoring relationship between a volunteer mentor and a child aged between 5 – 11 years. Referrals are made via schools, local authority, voluntary sector organisations and self-referrals.

Big Lottery Fund has commissioned a partnership led by Ecorys with the University of Nottingham, Parenting UK and IPSOS Mori to undertake an independent evaluation of the national Improving Futures programme across the 26 areas over five years from 2011 to 2016.

Wolverhampton Improving Futures wants to conduct a local evaluation of their programme in order to demonstrate outcomes with a view to securing funding post Big Lottery Fund support, to explore options for sustaining the programme and of equal importance to Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council is gaining further insight into the essence of what has made the programme successful and elicit strengths and weaknesses to date, finally, what resource would be needed to ensure the aims and outcomes are achieved in future delivery.



A maximum of £5000 has been allocated for this evaluation including expenses and VAT. Costs and administration of the dissemination and celebration event will be met by Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council.



Interested parties are invited to submit tenders setting out the methodology to be used in the different elements outlined above. It is expected that a range of methods will be used to capture the experiences and views of the range of stakeholders leading to the use of both quantitative and qualitative data. Include your total cost with a budget break-down, key elements and milestones.

Please specify who will be involved in the work, their experience of evaluations of this nature and what element of the evaluation they will be undertaking. Please also include CVs and examples of work, two names of referees for each person involved and indicate whether they have current DBS documentation. Please provide information on public liability and professional indemnity insurance. WVSC will request sight of documentation at interview and follow-up all references before final engagement.



Proposals to be received by 4pm on the 31st October 2016.

Shortlist decision will be made by 4th November.

Interviews will take place on 15th November.

The final report to be completed by 20th February 2017.

Dissemination and celebration event to be held in March 2017.



Payments will be staged following successful completion of key milestones. No more than 50% of the total tender value will be paid before the managing group approve the final report and a final payment will be made following the dissemination and celebration event in March 2017.

For further information, please download the guidance document below.


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