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Natural Neighbours Project Evaluation

Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust is looking for expressions of interest to carry out an evaluation of the Natural Neighbours project.

Natural Neighbours is a partnership project, delivered by Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust working with community partners in Rotherham (including Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council RMBC, Clifton Learning Partnership CLP, Kimberworth Park Community Partnership and Friends of Boston Castle). Working in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the town, we are challenging the problems of lack of community pride and trust, segregated and non-cohesive communities, misuse of greenspace, deprivation and disconnection from nature.

We are looking for a contractor (an individual or organisation) to measure the success of the Natural Neighbours project by evaluating whether the outcomes above are achieved.

The independent evaluation will involve:

  • advising project staff about appropriate questions/measures to effectively evaluate the success indicators (in line with Big Lottery guidance and original application)
  • agreeing an evaluation timetable
  • supporting project staff and volunteers to collect appropriate feedback and monitoring data
  • setting up new methods of data collection
  • interpreting all evaluation data
  • producing interim/summary reports on an annual basis
  • producing a well-designed, tangible evaluation output (e.g. photo album/film) which celebrates project success
  • producing a well-designed and accessible report which summarises the project strengths/successes and challenges and makes recommendations for the future (to be aimed at future funders and stakeholders)
  • presenting an evaluation summary at a project celebration event in the final quarter of the project (Jan-Mar 2022)
  • presenting more detailed/critical feedback to the project steering group if required

The contractor will be required to provide regular updates to the Project Manager and excellent communication will be required at all times. The total contract is for £20,000 inclusive of travel costs. It is expected that this will be spread across the remainder of the project (four years), weighted towards the final 12 months when the report will be produced and with initial upfront support to ensure the evaluation process for data collection and feedback is thoroughly incorporated into the programme from the beginning.

The deadline for expressions of interest has been extended to 12pm on 18 January. For more information and details on how to express your interest in this opportunity, please download the expressions of interest form here.