Invitation to Tender: Fund Evaluation

Rethink Ireland seeks a consultant to assess the effectiveness and impact of the Disability Participation and Awareness Fund in achieving its stated goals.

Please review the Briefing Document for full details on the project and requirements. Tenders must be submitted by 12 pm on Friday, 7th June 2024 to disabilityfund2@rethinkireland.ie with the subject ‘Disability Fund Evaluation Tender_[your name]’.

Applicants must be based in and have the right to work in the Republic of Ireland. We expect the successful candidate to commence work by June 24th 2024 with a completion date of December 31st 2024.

The budget available is €20,000, inclusive of VAT and expenses.

If you have any questions about this tender process, please contact disabilityfund2@rethinkireland.ie.

ABOUT RETHINK IRELAND

Rethink Ireland supports the most innovative non-profit organisations working in communities across the country. We believe that a team effort is more effective than working alone. So joining forces with the Government, companies, families, individuals and foundations, who understand as we do that lasting change demands new thinking, is how we do business. Together, we create funds to help innovative organisations rise to the challenges of our most pressing social and environmental issues. Our cash grants and business supports enable social innovations to develop and maximise their impact.

Our vision is to build a more equal, just, and sustainable Ireland. See our manifesto for 2030 here.

THE DISABILITY PARTICIPATION AND AWARENESS FUND

The Disability Participation and Awareness Fund (the Fund) was established to promote the participation and awareness of people with disabilities in our society, with the following goals: 1) to build skills and remove barriers to participation of people with disabilities in their communities, 2) to provide valuable employment experience to people with disabilities and 3) to support the overall participation of people with disabilities in local activities, in line with the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in communities. The Fund seeks to address these by providing financial support to projects and initiatives that promote the participation of people with disabilities in society and raise awareness about disability issues. Since its inception, the Fund has supported a wide range of projects, including but not limited to educational programmes, advocacy campaigns, employment and capacity-building initiatives for organisations working in the disability sector.

PURPOSE OF THE EVALUATION

The purpose of the evaluation is to comprehensively assess the effectiveness and impact of the Disability Participation and Awareness Fund in achieving its stated goals. This involves a detailed examination of the Fund’s initiatives and the extent to which they have succeeded in promoting the participation of people with disabilities in various societal aspects and raising awareness about disability issues.

With this evaluation, we also aim to promote organisational learning and accountability for both Rethink Ireland and our awardees. The evaluation will generate information on the results achieved and lessons learned to inform Rethink Ireland and the relevant donors. The evaluation results will also inform future fund design and implementation.

CRITERIA OF TENDER APPLICATION

Applicants must be based in and have the right to work in the Republic of Ireland. To be the Evaluator of the Fund, you will need to have the following skills and expertise:

  1. Demonstrate previous experience in disability-related areas
  2. Demonstrate understanding of equality and community development work
  3. Demonstrate lived or learned experience of working with marginalised groups who experience inequality, i.e. listed target groups or similar distinct groups in Ireland or the UK
  4. Demonstrate experience in producing published original research and/or evaluation reports (where you are responsible for data gathering, analysis, report structure and production)
  5. Experience of working collaboratively with others, including working with civil society, third sector organisations, NGOs, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises, etc.
  6. Clear understanding of the relevant social impact metrics that will be used to measure the social impact
  7. Proven experience with designing a research methodology – this might include qualitative and quantitative approaches to research design
  8. Significant research credentials in the sectors of social impact and equality
  9. Demonstrate an ability to provide a detailed Budget Plan, Timeline and proposed Team

 

HOW TO APPLY?

Please review the Briefing Document for full details of the project and requirements. Tenders must be submitted by 12 pm on Friday, 7th June 2024, to disabilityfund2@rethinkireland.ie with the subject ‘Disability Fund Evaluation Tender_[your name]’.

Shortlisting will take place during the week of June 10th, 2024. If interviews are required, shortlisted candidates will be contacted for availability.

If you have any questions about this tender process, please contact disabilityfund2@rethinkireland.ie.