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Sciencewise programme evaluation

As part of the overall Sciencewise commitment to evaluation, it has ensured that there are regular comprehensive evaluations of its own activities.

The first evaluation of the Sciencewise programme as a whole (projects and programme activities) was undertaken during 2009 - 2010, primarily to review the activities of the programme from 2008 to 2010. However, as this was the first major review of the programme, it also covered the history and early activities of Sciencewise from its original launch in 2004, particularly in relation to the public dialogue projects funded by Sciencewise from the beginning.
 This report was published in May 2011.

A second programme evaluation was undertaken during 2011 - 2012, focused largely on the impacts and lessons from the projects completed since the previous evaluation report. That report was published in March 2013, together with a separate annex analysing the longer term impacts of the projects that had been identified during the course of this evaluation research.

A third programme evaluation was completed during 2013 - 2014. The report is this is currently being completed and will be available soon.

Early in 2013, the Sciencewise Steering Group suggested that Sciencewise should consider developing a Theory of Change framework to guide future programme evaluation and strategic planning. As a result, we undertook a major participatory exercise involving the whole Sciencewise team to review Sciencewise activities and agree priorities for the coming year and beyond. The results of that process were taken directly into setting agreed priorities for Sciencewise strategic planning for 2014 - 2015, and provided a framework for evaluating progress against the agreed goals. This was undertaken using a Theory of Change approach. A full report on the Theory of Change and strategic planning process has now been produced.

During 2013, it was agreed that it would be appropriate for a full independent evaluation to be undertaken of the current Sciencewise programme (2012 - 2015). The aim of that evaluation is to examine the programme's activities, achievments and impacts, and to draw out lessons and opportunities for the future. The results of the evaluation will feed into decisions by BIS about the future of the programme. For more information, download the Invitation to Tender. The closing date for tenders is noon on Monday 18 August 2014. Please direct any questions to Diane Warburton, Sciencewise Evaluation Manager - Please let Diane Warburton know if you intend to submit a tender so that we can update you as soon as possible with any changes to the process.

Key dates for the appointment of the contractor and the delivery of the evaluation are:
Submission of tenders: by noon on Monday 18 August 2014
Interview: Thursday 4 September 2014, London
Appointment: Friday 5 September 2014
Inception meeting: Wednesday 10 September 2014, London
Final reporting date: March 2015
Prospective tenderers can download a copy of the Terms and Conditions that will apply here.