Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Procurement and management of a trial of evidence-based home learning environment support programmes in the North of England
To launch a call for proposals and manage the delivery and evaluation of trials of evidence-based home learning environment support programmes in the North of England. The successful bidder will be responsible for:
— launching a call for proposals,
— assessing proposals and making recommendations to the Department for Education on which programmes to trial based on their analysis of the evidence base,
— identifying potential trial areas and making recommendations to the Department for Education; procuring and managing sub-contracts with home learning environment support programmes and independent evaluators – including scoping out the design and delivery of randomised control trials,
— brokering arrangements between providers of home learning environment support programmes, evaluators and trial areas; and,
— publishing and disseminating the results of trials.
North East, North West, Yorkshire and the Humber.
The successful bidder will be responsible for the following activities:
— launching a call for proposals for home learning environment support programmes, including working to generate proposals from well-evidenced and/or innovative interventions,
— assessing proposals and shortlisting home learning environment support programmes to trial,
— Identifying potential areas in the north of England that have the capacity to take part in the trial,
— Procuring the delivery of randomised control trials of the programmes selected through the call for proposals, including identifying independent evaluators, and procuring and managing suitable contract agreements with programme providers and evaluators,
— Overseeing the publication of trial results and ensuring that they are disseminated as widely as possible,
Arrangements for the design and evaluation of trials will be subject to further competition via the call for proposals and processes to procure independent evaluators outlined above.
The significant majority of the contract is to pay for the delivery and evaluation of trials, which will be subject to separate competitive processes, administered by the contract holder. We expect bidders to show how they will keep management costs as low as possible to maximise funding for the trials themselves, while also making effective recommendations to DfE on which trials to take forward.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
The Department expects bidders to be able to demonstrate they have capacity to operate a project of this size and deliver the activity in the funding period within the funding provided.
As outlined in draft contract.
Section IV: Procedure
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Official name: Margaret Leopold.
Section VI: Complementary information
The Contracting Authority will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar days standstill period at the point information on the award of the contracts is communicated to suppliers. Suppliers who are unsuccessful shall be informed by the Contracting Authority as soon as possible after the decision has been made as to the reasons why they were unsuccessful. If an appeal regarding the award of the contract has not been successfully resolved, The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (SI 2015 No 102) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by breach of the rules to take legal action. Any such action must be brought within the applicable limitation period. Where a contract has not been entered into, the Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the Contracting Authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the contract has been entered into the Court may, depending on the circumstances, award damages, make a declaration of ineffectiveness, order the Contracting Authority to pay a fine, and/or order that the duration of the contract be shortened. The purpose of the standstill period referred to above is to allow the parties to apply to the Courts to set aside the award decision before the contract is entered into.