This invitation to tender is open for application until 25 September 2020.

  • We are seeking an evaluation partner to undertake a process evaluation of our Common Ambition programme from November 2020 through to early 2024.
  • This innovative programme will support up to five projects which aim to build sustainable change across health care through collaboration between those who use services and those who deliver them.
  • We anticipate bids up to a maximum of £250,000 (inclusive of VAT and expenses).
  • The deadline for responses is midday on 25 September 2020.

About the Common Ambition programme

The Common Ambition programme aims to support the development of sustainable, collaborative initiatives that bring together members of the public, families, patients, carers and health care professionals to improve health care delivery in the UK.

The Common Ambition programme will support up to five partnerships across the UK. These partnerships will each receive funding of between £300,000 and £500,000 for two to three years. They will aim to make improvements to health care services which are driven by members of the public working collaboratively with health care professionals.

Voluntary and community sector organisations are vital to this type of collaboration. Therefore, the funded partnerships will be between the NHS and voluntary and community sector organisations, such as charities and social enterprises. 

It is anticipated that the partnerships will start their projects by March 2021.

Evaluation of the Common Ambition programme

Each partnership will locally evaluate their project, to measure local impact, reflect on how successfully the organisations involved are collaborating, and capture the experiences of the members of the public, health care professionals and researchers working together on the projects.

In addition to this local evaluation, we are seeking to appoint an independent evaluator to capture learning from across the partnerships at a programme level.

The programme-level evaluation will focus on understanding the mechanisms for successful collaboration, contributing to the evidence base for how people, families, health care professionals and researchers can work together to improve health care. It will also explore how effective organisational partnerships are developed and sustained, and how those partnerships can facilitate collaboration between those who use services and those who deliver them.

The evaluation will explore how the Common Ambition programme is being delivered and should also identify the core elements of the approach which could be applied in other contexts.

The programme evaluator will need to develop a good relationship with each local evaluation team, and formally agree on ways of working.

The successful evaluator will need to develop an evaluation framework, establishing data sources, research tools and frequency of data collection. They will attend the Evaluation Working Group meeting every month for the first six months and then every two months, as well as attending up to three roundtable events and a launch event. A final report will pull together and synthesise key findings.

The successful evaluator will be required to start working with the partnerships in November 2020 and to provide support for the programme until early 2024.

How to apply

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

1. Important supporting information

All applicants must read the Invitation to Tender in full before completing the online application form.

2. The application form

All applications must be completed and submitted via our online system AIMS. You need to first register on AIMS before you can complete the online application form. It is important that you register as your organisation rather than as an individual. Please include the contact details for the person you wish to be the primary contact for your application.

Full guidance on accessing, completing and submitting your application via AIMS can be found in the Applicants user guide. We recommend that you keep a copy of this manual to hand to refer to while you complete your application.

3. Information call

We will hold an information call from 15.00–16.00 on Thursday 3 September. If you would like to attend, please register your interest to join on Eventbrite. Any questions related to the information call should be emailed to by 17.00 on Wednesday 2 September.

Update: FAQs and slides from the information call are now available as downloads below. 

4. Deadlines

The deadline for online applications is midday on Friday 25 September 2020. We will not accept proposals submitted after this time.

We intend to interview shortlisted bidders via Zoom on Wednesday 28 October or Thursday 29 October to explore proposals in more depth. Please ensure you are available to be interviewed on these dates.

We expect to inform applicants of our final decision by Monday 2 November.

If you have any queries about the programme or the application process, please email:

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