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Notice Details

Title: Scottish Employability Support Services - Evaluation of Transitional Employability Services 2017
Published by: Scottish Government
Publication Date: 26/07/2017
Deadline Date: 11/08/2017
Deadline Time: 12:00
Notice Type: 02 Contract Notice
Has Documents: No
Abstract: Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland wish to commission an evaluation of transitional employability services in
Scotland - Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland
CPV: 79315000, 79315000.

Contract notice

Directive 2014/24/EU - Public Sector Directive

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1) Name and addresses

Scottish Government



G2 8LU


Telephone: +44 3002446718



Internet address(es)

Main address:

Address of the buyer profile:

I.2) Joint procurement

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body

I.3) Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge at:

Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent electronically to:

I.4) Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5) Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1) Scope of the procurement

II.1.1) Title

Scottish Employability Support Services - Evaluation of Transitional Employability Services 2017

Reference number: SP-17-18

II.1.2) Main CPV code



II.1.3) Type of contract


II.1.4) Short description

Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland wish to commission an evaluation of transitional employability services in

Scotland - Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland

II.1.5) Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 120 000.00 GBP

II.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

II.2) Description

II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)


II.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS code:


Main site or place of performance:

Atlantic Quay

II.2.4) Description of the procurement

SG and SDS wish to commission an evaluation of transitional employability services in Scotland - Work First Scotland and Work Able


The evaluation will cover both the service delivery process (including performance management activity by SG and SDS) and customer

outcomes. This will require a mixed methods approach involving, as a minimum:

o A full process evaluation of the service delivery model across 4 regional areas and 7 different lead service providers. This would include

as a minimum, 1 focus group with frontline provider staff from each lead provider, feedback from supply chain providers, as well as

stakeholder interviews/workshops with SG, SDS and other partners.

o a 2 phase customer telephone survey (achieving a minimum of 650-700 responses in total across both programmes in each phase). Phase

1 in field Oct/Nov 2017 and phase 2 Oct/Nov 2018 as a follow-up

o flexibility to provide fully accessible face to face interviews where required to meet individual customers’ accessibility needs for

participation in the survey

o in-depth longitudinal qualitative case studies to follow individual customer journeys

o feedback from a sample of employers

given the complex nature of the mixed-methods approach and the scale of the survey responses required, we would encourage and


collaborative bids from a consortium of suppliers to ensure that all elements of the requirement can be adequately met

we anticipate awarding bids early Sept (at latest) and the contract would run until March 2019 – with the majority of the

fieldwork delivered in the first 9 months of the contract.

Expected outputs would be in the form of 2 reports: an interim report in Feb/March 2018 covering the process review and Phase 1 survey

and a

final report in early 2019 covering the customer journey work, phase 2 survey, employer feedback and a final overview of findings.

The outputs will be used to inform the mobilisation and evaluation activity for Fair Start Scotland, for which a separate evaluation will be

commissioned later in 2018.

II.2.5) Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6) Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 120 000.00 GBP

II.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Start: 01/09/2017

End: 31/03/2019

This contract is subject to renewal: No

II.2.9) Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

II.2.10) Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: No

II.2.11) Information about options

Options: No

II.2.13) Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1) Conditions for participation

III.1.2) Economic and financial standing

List and brief description of selection criteria:

Bidders will be required to have a minimum “general” yearly turnover of 60,000 GBP for the last 3 years

III.1.3) Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.2) Conditions related to the contract

III.2.1) Information about a particular profession

III.2.3) Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1) Description

IV.1.1) Type of procedure

Open procedure

IV.1.8) Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes

IV.2) Administrative information

IV.2.1) Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number in the OJ S:

2017/S 108-217265

IV.2.2) Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 11/08/2017

Local time: 12:00

IV.2.4) Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted


IV.2.6) Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 3 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7) Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 11/08/2017

Local time: 12:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1) Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: No

VI.3) Additional information

The Authority may require visibility of the winning tenderers certified company accounts for the last 3 years

The buyer is using PCS-Tender to conduct this ITT exercise. The Project code is 19350. For more information see:

Community benefits are included in this requirement. For more information see:

A summary of the expected community benefits has been provided as follows:

Please provide details of any quantifiable wider community benefit(s) you will deliver as part of this Contract, particularly in respect of the proposed research methodology and any opportunities for participant co-production of future services. The response should reflect the principles and values of the new devolved Scottish employability service, as described in “Creating a fairer Scotland: a new future for employability support in Scotland”.

(SC Ref:505155)

VI.4) Procedures for review

VI.4.1) Review body

Scottish Government

Victoria Quay, Leith




Telephone: +44 1312447556

Internet address(es)


VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice


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Delivery Locations
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