ITT: Independent evaluation of IMPACT: IMProving Adult Care Together (UK Centre for Evidence Implementation in Adult Social Care)

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  • We are seeking an evaluation partner to undertake an independent evaluation of the IMProving Adult Care Together (IMPACT) Centre, a new centre for implementing evidence in adult social care, funded by the Health Foundation and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), part of UK Research and Innovation. 

  • Our aim in commissioning this evaluation is to assess the overall impact of the Centre and to assess the programme against its underlying Theory of Change and its four primary aims. 

  • We anticipate bids of up to £300,000 (inclusive of VAT and expenses). 

  • The deadline for responses is 12:00 (midday) on Friday 11 June 2021. 

The Health Foundation and the ESRC are co-funding a £15m UK centre to lead the way for better implementation of high-quality evidence on innovation and improvement in adult social care. The IMPACT Centre, which will be led by Professor Jon Glasby at the University of Birmingham, aims to transform how social care evidence is turned into practice, including supporting adults and young people moving into adult social care, and how social care interacts with partner agencies and other sectors. 

The Centre will seek to increase the use of high-quality evidence research by adult social care staff; build capability among the workforce to identify and evaluate innovations in adult social care; improve connectivity across social care providers and staff, commissioners, innovators, people with lived experience of social care, academics and policy makers; and improve understanding of the behaviours and mechanisms that lead to, or prevent, the uptake and implementation of evidence across social care.   

The Centre will be developed and implemented in three phases over seven years, between April 2021 and December 2027.  

Evaluation of the IMPACT Centre

As part of the overall monitoring and evaluation framework for the IMPACT Centre, the Health Foundation and the ESRC are looking to commission an independent evaluation of the Centre. Based on rigorous research and analysis, the evaluation will develop and share learning with the funders, the Centre and wider system stakeholders about how evidence is implemented in practice within adult social care settings, and how investments of this size and scale can support better links between evidence, policy and practice.  

The evaluation will also develop learning about the funders’ commissioning processes and help inform future funding strategies by the funders and other UK-wide funders. As one of the largest investments of its type in the UK in adult social care, there is a significant amount of knowledge to be gained on what works and how to implement evidence into practice through the development and delivery of the Centre. 

A single contract will be awarded to an independent evaluator (or consortium) to undertake three elements of the evaluation, which span the three phases of the Centre’s co-development, establishment and delivery: evaluation of the commissioning and co-development and establishment phases; scoping and design of the summative evaluation framework; and implementation and delivery of the summative evaluation. 

The successful provider will be responsible for delivering all aspects of the evaluation and is likely to require a team with demonstrable experience in conducting robust qualitative and quantitative research, working with a wide range of stakeholders. 

The successful evaluation partner will be required to start working with us from August 2021 and the final evaluation report will be due at the end of 2027.  

How to apply

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please follow the steps below to complete your application. 

  1. Please read the Invitation to Tender for full details of the tender response requirements and selection criteria.
  2. Please submit your tender response form on our online portal, AIMS. Please read the AIMS user guide before starting to complete the form. 
  3. We will hold an information call at 10:00 on 28 May 2021. The call will last for 45 minutes. If you would like to attend, please register your interest by emailing with the subject ‘IMPACT information call’. Joining instructions will be sent to you in advance of the call. Any questions you would like answered on the information call should be emailed to with the subject ‘IMPACT information call’ by 12:00 (midday) on 19 May 2021. 
  4. The deadline for online applications is 12:00 (midday) on Friday 11 June 2021. We will not accept proposals submitted after this time. 
  5. A response to your application will be made on Tuesday 15 June 2021.  
  6. We intend to interview shortlisted bidders on 7 July and 8 July to explore proposals in more depth. Please ensure you are available to be interviewed on these days. 
  7. The final decision will be communicated in the week beginning 19 July 2021. 

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