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Invitation To Tender - Evaluation of Prevent research

Job type
Seeking a partner to assist us in evaluating our Prevent research.
Location
Remote
Closing date
Friday 28 June 2024 at 23:59
Interview date
8th July
Contact email
recruitment@amnesty.org.uk

ABOUT US

Amnesty International UK (AIUK) is part of a global human rights movement with over 7 million supporters worldwide. Racial Justice is one of AI UK’s priority areas in this strategic period, research is a key focus for this and other areas.

PROJECT BACKGROUND & CONTEXT

As part of this, AI UK published a report in November 2023 entitled ‘This is the thought police: Prevent and its chilling effect on human rights’ which was the outcome of 18 months of research. As research is a key focus for this strategic period, we want to learn from how we did the research. This evaluation is focused on everything up to and including the launch of the campaign but does not have it in its scope the ongoing campaigning work on Prevent led by AI UK.

OBJECTIVES

1. Project Scope, Design, and Ethics

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the research process for the Prevent project, encompassing all stages from proposal development to report launch, and assess the effectiveness of the chosen research methodology and design.
  • Examine adherence to ethical principles, including informed consent, data storage, anonymisation, and protection of vulnerable participants.
  • Scrutinize measures taken to identify and mitigate potential researcher biases.
  • Assess methods of data collection; potential limitations and how they were addressed.

2. Stakeholder Engagement and Sample Representation

  • Evaluate the inclusivity of stakeholder engagement, including how target populations were defined to ensure a diverse sample capturing a range of experiences relevant to Prevent, the incorporation of diverse viewpoints, and the effectiveness of partnership building. 
  • Evaluate our collaboration with the civil society organisation with whom we partnered, including the initial approach, the development of the Memorandum of Understanding with them, and the effectiveness of the partnership.

3. Project Management, Collaboration, and Resources

  • Evaluate AI UK's articulation of research goals, the extent to which they aligned with Amnesty International Secretariat’s (IS) standards and addressed the specifics of the Prevent focussed research
  • Assess adequacy of staff skills, time commitments, and the effectiveness of meetings (within AI UK and with IS).
  • Examine IS feedback mechanisms, their impact on the timeline, and resulting pressures for the research team.
  • Assess the adherence to the timeline

4. Building AI UK's Research Capacity

  • Provide an overall assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the existing processes, tools, and resources that supported the Prevent research.
  • Provide actionable recommendations to strengthen AI UK's research capabilities in areas such as:
    • Staff skills and capacity gaps
    • Developing research methodologies, and peer review systems
    • Ethical safeguards and best practices
    • Effective stakeholder engagement strategies
    • Data management
  • Prioritise recommendations that will create a sustainable and supportive research environment within AI UK.

METHODOLOGY

The consultant(s) will be responsible for developing a methodology to evaluate the Prevent research project. This methodology should align with rigorous ethical standards and strive to capture diverse perspectives on the research process.

The following data collection methods are recommended for consideration and incorporation as appropriate:

  • Document Review: An analysis of internal project documents, research guidelines, and any correspondence.
  • Interviews and Focus Groups: Interviews with AIUK researchers, other staff involved in the research, key Prevent project stakeholders, and potential report audiences. Focus groups could further facilitate discussions and insights from researchers and stakeholders.
  • Researcher Self-Assessment: Critical reflection by AIUK researchers on the design, data collection, and challenges encountered during the process.
  • Data Storage Assessment: Evaluation of document storage practices against the Amnesty Evidence Management Policies.

DELIVERABLES

This evaluation should produce the following deliverables to support learning and improvement within AI UK's research processes:

  • Inception Meeting: An inception meeting to outline the proposed evaluation framework, methodology, and project plan.
  • Final Evaluation Report that incorporates Executive Summary: A comprehensive document presenting the evaluation framework, detailed methodology, findings, analysis, and actionable recommendations for strengthening AI UK's research processes.
  • Process Mapping: Visual representation of the Prevent project research process, highlighting areas for improvement and successes.
  • Presentation to Stakeholders: A presentation to stakeholders providing a high-level overview of the evaluation approach, key findings, and recommendations.

TIMELINE

The evaluation should be conducted efficiently and with clear communication throughout. Below is the anticipated timeline but this is subject to discussion with the successful applicant:

June

  • 21st June: Deadline for requests for additional information and clarification.
  • 28th June: Deadline for submission of tenders.

July

  • WC/ 8th July: Interviews with shortlisted candidates.
  • WC/ 15th or 22nd July: Inception meeting with the successful candidate.

Summer: Conduct the evaluation project with weekly updates from the evaluator(s).

Early Autumn: Deliver findings and recommendations.

BUDGET

Available budget would be £8000 including any expenses.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSION

A tender should be submitted no more than 4 pages which should include:

  • Contact details of tendering evaluator
  • Short summary (1-2 pages) outlining: proposal, team, method, strengths and added value
  • Understanding of the brief
  • Proposed methodology, reporting and dissemination
  • Details of relevant previous experience (including any experience in evaluating or delivering research)
  • Timetable for delivering the evaluation
  • Budget outline to demonstrate value for money

Additional documentation that will not be included within the word limit could include:

  • CVs of evaluation team
  • Contact details for referees
  • Examples of previous work (if you have permission to share it)

Requests for additional information or clarification should be made to ilyas.nagdee@amnesty.org.uk

Submissions should be made to recruitment@amnesty.org.uk

SELECTION CRITERIA

After reading proposals, the panel will have conversations with selected applicants to discuss their proposals.

The criteria for selection will include:

  • Experience of evaluating research methodology and process
  • Clear plan for evaluation which fulfils the brief within budget
  • Quality and appropriateness of the proposal.

CONTRACTS

The contract will be subject to the regular terms and conditions for Amnesty UK Consultancy Contracts including clauses on Data Protection, Privacy and Security, Confidentiality and Copyright.

Downloads
Prevent Evaluation Terms of Reference