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21/08/2015    S161

United Kingdom-London: Other community, social and personal services

2015/S 161-295006

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Official name: Big Lottery Fund
Postal address: 1 Plough Place
Town: London
Postal code: EC4A 1DE
Country: United Kingdom
For the attention of: Procurement team
Telephone: +44 2072113779

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Further information can be obtained from:
The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity
Other: Grant awarding body
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme — Evaluation services.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 27: Other services


II.3)Information on framework agreement
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: no
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for distributing 40 per cent of all funds raised for good causes by the National Lottery. This totals over GBP 650 000 000 each year.
The Big Lottery Fund is matching funds from the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 to provide joint investment in local projects tackling the root causes of poverty, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth (It is known as the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme).
BBO Programme:
The aim of the BBO programme is to provide support to communities and people most in need across England..
The funding will be delivered in 38 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas according to local priorities, which have been set by the LEPs. We expect to fund around 130-140 projects around improving employability for the most disadvantaged people, including projects that focus on a particular target group of people or a particular aspect of disadvantage such as lack of financial literacy (thereafter — BBO projects, BBO grant holder).
LEPs and LEP area European Structural Investment Fund (ESIF) Sub Committees have made decisions about how much of their ESF allocation to devote to BBO in their area, therefore, the amount of funding available varies widely across each LEP area.
You will find more information about BBO Programme here
The BBO programme will be a significant part of the lottery's England Portfolio, with between GBP 300 and GBP 500 000 000 of grant money available altogether.
The Fund has recently procured a BBO ESF Support contract, the aim of which is to deliver specialist support to applicants and grant holders on ESF monitoring and audit requirements of actual cost agreements. The contract will run until December 2017 and will complement the support and learning from the BBO evaluation work. You will find more information here
BBO projects are expected to meet agreed targets set by ESF on the number of participants (project beneficiaries) engaged and the number who progress into employment. A review of past ESF evaluations indicates there are difficulties in engaging with particular target groups.
Market testing
The Big Lottery Fund intends to procure an independent evaluation contract for the BBO programme, to assist BBO projects in delivering successfully, including meeting the ESF targets for monitoring and evaluation.
The aims of an independent programme evaluation are:
— To identify what is working well and why in getting people closer to the labour market. The findings and the shared learning from the formative evaluation will provide grant holders, with the help of the evaluators, with opportunities to put this learning into practice on a real-time basis throughout their project delivery.
— To improve the grant holders' knowledge and delivery models; so they can refine and sustain their delivery services as well as prepare for future funding opportunities. Findings from individual projects will be collected and fed-back to support the monitoring and evaluation activities of the grant holders. .
The Big Lottery Fund requires the BBO programme evaluation contract to focus on two strands of work:
1. Impact — exploring levels of engagement of a number of target groups and examining how organisations delivering BBO projects can better engage with these groups. This will be done through:
— Selecting potential target groups. Our research so far suggests that some or all of the following groups may be suitable: women, disabled people, older people and chronically excluded groups such as gypsies, travellers, homeless people and refugees. The final choice will be informed in consultation with the evaluators.
— Measuring soft outcomes of the programme such as quality and sustainability of jobs, levels of confidence and self-esteem of participants.
— Exploring and articulating the critical success factors (e.g. type of intervention adopted by grant holders, delivery models, target population) for replication in existing and future services for the target groups.
2. Access — the phase will focus on gathering learning from BBO grant holders in terms of their experiences of securing and delivering BBO funding. This will be done through:
— sharing learning from the most successful BBO grant holders from the BBO model. We see this being a very qualitative analysis, through interviews with a sample of grant-holders. The evaluator will capture what each grant-holder has learnt from being part of BBO, in order to share that learning with all BBO grant-holders, to increase their chances of success in applying for future European Funds or other funding.
— generating ideas on how to better support the VCSE to access future pots of European funding.
— examining how successful the BBO programme has been in widening access to organisations led by people with protected characteristics and identifying what needs to be taken into consideration in order to widen access even further.
The Big Lottery Fund expects that the evaluation contract will include sharing real-time learning on both Impact and Access strands with BBO grant holders during the BBO programme. This will benefit BBO grant holders by helping them to improve their knowledge and delivery models, refine and sustain their delivery services and prepare for any future funding opportunities.
The estimated term of the evaluation contract is Mid December 2015- December 2019. The estimated value of this contract for the whole term is GBP 600 000 inclusive of VAT and all other associated expenses.
The Fund will also encourage bids from all sectors (public, private and VCSE). Smaller organisations may wish to bid in partnership for the contracts. The Fund welcomes partnership bids.
We invite you to complete the short questionnaire that is available to download from
The deadline for returning completed questionnaires is 12 noon on 7.9.2015.
The Fund may use information received to inform its requirements for any service contracts it procures. Should the Fund decide to carry out procurement then interested parties will not be prejudiced by any response or failure to respond to the market testing and a transparent process will be carried out in accordance with the EU Procurement rules at that time, ensuring equal treatment for all.
The Fund is not liable for any costs, expenses or fees incurred by suppliers as a result of their participation in this market testing exercise.
This notice does not commit the Fund to procuring any services in the future. The prime objective of the PIN is to enable the Fund to engage with the market place in a fair and equitable way. If you have any questions regarding this PIN notice please contact
Estimated cost excluding VAT: 50 000 GBP


This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

98000000 Other community, social and personal services, 73200000 Research and development consultancy services, 79315000 Social research services

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.8)Additional information:

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes
Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): ESF.
VI.2)Additional information:
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: