This invitation to tender is open for application until 19 November 2019.

We are seeking a supplier to do an expedited evidence review and design, organise and run one or more deliberative workshops to identify research questions on the topic of ‘green space, blue space or other public space’ in relation to health and health inequalities.

We anticipate bids up to a maximum of £35,000 (inclusive of VAT and expenses).

Deadline for responses is 13.00 on Tuesday 19 November 2019.

As part of the Health Foundation’s Healthy Lives Strategy, we want to identify and address evidence gaps on pressing public health issues across the wider determinants of health, to inform public health practitioners and policymakers about the issues and/or actions that are needed to address them. We will achieve this through a series of research commissions to build robust, independent evidence on topics related to the wider determinants of health.

This invitation to tender is for scoping work to review existing evidence and carry out one or more deliberative workshops to inform the development of a research commission on green space, blue space (areas near to or adjacent to water) or other public space.

The objectives of this work are to:

  • Identify an appropriate number of stakeholders, representing a diverse range of sectors and experiences, to take part in one or more deliberative workshops on the topic of green space, blue space and other public space.
  • Expediently review the evidence on the topic of green space, blue space and other public space in relation to health and health inequalities in the UK. The review should include evidence around community assets and related health issues.
  • Produce a concise and relevant evidence briefing (or briefings), written in plain English, for the workshop participants. The purpose of the briefing(s) is to make sure that all participants have a shared document explaining the purpose of the workshop and summarising the evidence base.
  • Organise and facilitate the deliberative workshop(s).
  • Report the aims and objectives, methods, findings and recommendations of the work in a clear and concise slide-deck (‘final report’) for the programme steering group.

The successful team will be appointed in late November 2019, ideally with the ability to start soon afterwards.

We want the expedited evidence review and a draft stakeholder briefing to be completed in late January/early February 2020, the deliberative workshop(s) to be completed in late February 2020 and the final report to be delivered in March 2020.

We will agree the exact dates with the chosen supplier and are willing to negotiate the timeline if necessary.

How to apply

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please go through the following steps 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. Deadlines

The deadline for online applications is 13:00 on Tuesday 19 November. We will not accept late submissions.

Shortlisted organisations will need to be available to attend an interview on Tuesday 26 November or Wednesday 27 November 2019 at the Health Foundation, 8 Salisbury Square, London, EC4Y 8AP.

Contact details

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

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