Invitation to Tender for
Walsall Community Cohesion and Integration Review and Options Appraisal
As part of the Government’s Integrated Communities Strategy investment, in 2018 Walsall was selected by the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government as one of five pilot Integration Areas. This provided resource and support to help local partners tackle community cohesion and integration challenges. The Walsall for All programme vision is to create integrated, empowered and inclusive communities where people from all backgrounds come together to celebrate what they have in common. We have made a strong start in understanding and addressing key challenges but know it will require a long-term approach to secure this vision. We need to challenge and change attitudes within many communities and institutions, adapting systems which, in light of rapid demographic changes, may no longer support integrated and cohesive communities.
We wish to secure a future for this agenda beyond the current Integration Area pilot activity, and build on the cross-sector partnership we have developed so as to create a sustainable system-level change in the local approach to community integration. In recognition of the need for a partnership approach amongst a complex group of stakeholders and to consider a broad range of existing and potential future activity, we wish to commission an independent “Partnership Creator” to inform our thinking.
The successful bidder will work closely with the Chair of the Walsall for All Partnership Board, its members, resident community researchers, and wider local stakeholders to review the options to sustain and scale up successful local integration and community cohesion activity, and identify current gaps in both delivery and partnership working.
The tender comprises two parts and the provider will be required to produce a report for each at an agreed time during the delivery.
Part A – Review of current community integration activity
- A review and analysis of the existing monitoring and evaluation information from activity funded through the Walsall for All programme;
- A review and analysis of wider community integration activity delivered in Walsall and the surrounding areas that may be outside of the Walsall for All programme;
- A review and analysis of the findings of the community researches supported and trained through Walsall for All;
- An analysis of high impact delivery already taking place in Walsall and any gaps in current provision, and the evidence for this;
- An analysis of what partners can commit to delivering now (e.g. existing or developing activity) that might be aligned to our aims, regardless of any future financial investment;
- An analysis of the potential funding and commissioning opportunities to support or scale existing activity, or to meet any gaps in current provision, as part of a coherent borough-wide partnership programme.
Part B – Current and future partnership structures
- A review and analysis of the current partnership structures surrounding community cohesion and integration that currently operate in Walsall, and to which Walsall is connected through a wider regional or sub-regional infrastructure;
- Review and analyse high impact practice within the field of community cohesion and integration to inform the design principles which might be applied to the development and future delivery of a cross-sector integration partnership;
- Advise on how we ensure people are in the lead, and coproduction and lived experience drive our decisions, based on evidence of impact locally and elsewhere;
- Advise on how we might ensure a realistic model of engagement with partners that secures long-term “buy in” and commitment to delivery.
The successful provider must demonstrate:
- An detailed understanding of the community cohesion and integration agenda;
- Proven experience of coproduction and consultation with communities, community organisations, public sector bodies;
- Experience of developing, supporting and building cross-sector strategic partnerships;
- Experience of securing significant funding from various sources including public sector commissions, government funding, lottery distributors and charitable trusts.
- Experience of working in areas with similar socio-economic features to Walsall;
- Reliability, enthusiasm and self-motivation.
A final report will be required by September 2020, with preliminary findings produced at agreed milestones. Tenders should demonstrate evidence of capacity to deliver within this timeframe.
The budget allocated for this tender is £31,000 including VAT and expenses. This tender opportunity is being advertised by One Walsall on behalf of the Walsall for All Partnership Board and the contract management for delivery will be between One Walsall and the successful bidder.
If you meet all the above criteria and are interested in taking on this project, working with a group committed residents and partners to develop ideas, then please follow the steps below.
The following documents should be submitted to Heather Brookes by email (email@example.com) by no later than 12 noon on 26 March:
- An outline of your methodology and a milestone plan (no more than two sides of A4);
- A budget (including a breakdown of hourly rate and any significant additional items of expenditure);
- Company profile and CV of relevant staff;
- A summary of relevant projects recently delivered (no more than one side of A4).
We aim to inform those shortlisted by 31 March and shortlisted applicants will be invited to meet with a panel to discuss their proposal further on 8 April.
You should direct any questions that you have about the project to Rev. Dr. David Primrose, Chair of Walsall for All Partnership Board, on 07975 644044 or firstname.lastname@example.org .