5th November 2020

Freelance Opportunity: Evaluation Consultant

Sampad is looking to appoint an Evaluation Consultant.

Salary: Up to a maximum of £4,000 inclusive of all expenses and VAT. We will agree a payment schedule with the successful consultant.

Closing Date for Applications: Monday 30 November 2020

The Project:

Sampad, in partnership with Birmingham Archives at the Library of Birmingham and the University of Birmingham, has been awarded a grant by the National Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver a new project which explores Commonwealth Migration to Birmingham through a collection of photographs taken in a studios in the inner city. From City of Empire to City of Diversity: A Visual Journey will see 10,000 items from Ernest Dyche’s photography studios be ordered and indexed so that they will be available and accessible for viewing in Birmingham Archives and deliver an engagement programme coinciding with the Commonwealth Games 2022. To celebrate the Commonwealth Games coming to Birmingham in 2022, the project will also deliver an activity and learning programme to bring the collection to life and help increase engagement with this unique collection. The key aims and programme events can be found in the downloadable Tender Brief below.

The Role:

We are now seeking an independent evaluation consultant/organisation who shares our passion for learning through the arts and heritage to evaluate From City of Empire to City of Diversity: A Visual Journey and who will work collaboratively with us over the next 2 years to maximise learning.

The Consultant will work with the Steering Group to create an evaluation framework for this project. The individual will work with the Sampad Executive Director and Learning & Engagement Manager to ensure that the monitoring and evaluation methods used allow the success and impact of different activities to be measured in light of the project’s aims and objectives and against the outcomes as outlined in our NHLF funding agreement.  The role will include supporting regular reporting to NHLF where required and to produce a final report to be submitted to the project’s main funder – The National Heritage Lottery Fund.

The evaluation process will provide an opportunity for continuous improvement of delivery and practice across the 2 years in order to feed learning in to Sampad’s future heritage projects.

Key Requirements:

The contracted consultant/organisation will:

  • Work with the Steering Group to design the monitoring and evaluation framework so that the final evaluation can measure against set outcomes
  • Monitor and advise on evaluation schedules, ensuring sufficient time has been allocated to the different stages of evaluation
  • Monitor the evaluation that is being undertaken, checking in regularly to look at gathered data, offering advice and assistance when required
  • Undertake debriefs with key partners and the Steering Group to assess learning and impact
  • Analyse qualitative and quantitative data in order to assess how far the project has met set outcomes
  • Produce an overall evaluation report for From City of Empire to City of Diversity: A Visual Journey so that it tells the overall story and impact of the project

Skills & Knowledge Required:

  • Knowledge and experience of evaluating arts and heritage projects
  • Relevant expertise in quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation approaches, including the design of M&E frameworks/tools, interviewing/focus groups, data collection and management, analysis and reporting
  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral, and ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders of differing backgrounds
  • Demonstrable knowledge of and commitment to research ethics and safeguarding; and to current data protection law and principles, data security and privacy issues
  • The skills and willingness to be responsive and flexible to meet the changing needs of the project

How To Apply:

Interested organisations/individual consultants are invited to submit an initial outline proposal to Sampad Executive Director, Sabra Khan on sabra@sampad.org.uk by Monday 30 November 2020 to include:

  • Name and contact details
  • Names, roles and CVs of consultants to be involved
  • Your skills, suitability and experience relevant to delivering this evaluation contract (please append an example of relevant report, if possible)
  • An outline of your proposed approach to undertaking the evaluation and associated activities, including data collection methods
  • Constraints, challenges and risks associated with the work and how you would mitigate them
  • Breakdown of budget
  • Details of two referees

Any enquiries should be directed to Sabra Khan on sabra@sampad.org.uk.

We welcome applications from all ethnicities and backgrounds. Sampad is an equal opportunities employer.

Tender Briefs:

Image: Dyche Collection, Reproduced by permission of the Library of Birmingham.

and support from The Cole Charitable Trust

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