We are seeking an Independent Evaluator
The evaluation will be of the Inclusive School Communities Project, which is funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Jurisdictional Based Grants. The project commenced on 1 July 2018 and will conclude on 30 June 2020.
The attached brief sets out the nature of the evaluation, the anticipated outputs and the intended outcomes. It should form the basis of your Expression of Interest (EOI) in bidding for the contract. This should set out the methodology of how you will evaluate the success of the project in assessing its impact and achieving outcomes for project stakeholders including students living with disability, schools and school communities.
Your EOI should include the methodology to be employed and the tools needed to gather qualitative and quantitative data such as questionnaires, focus groups, etc. in order to demonstrate the difference that has been made by the project.
To register your interest, submit EOIs or to clarify any aspect of this tender, please contact via email only:
Letitia Rose. Project Leader, Inclusive School Communities, JFA Purple Orange
Questions and Answers
How are you planning to measure the ILC Outcomes?
Purple Orange is currently reviewing existing instruments to measure the ILC Outcomes (i.e., Index for Inclusion 2002) however we may need to design surveys and interview questions specifically for this project.
We are interested in the following indicators of students living with disability being able to use and benefit from the mainstream education system:
- Attitude towards people living with disability and culture
- Inclusive education and practices
- Practices of integration, segregation and exclusion (e.g., suspensions including internal and take-home suspensions)
- Representativeness of student population (regarding disability) to local community population
- School policies and procedures relevant to students living with disability (e.g., suspensions, restrictive practices, bullying)
- School’s capacity to develop practical solutions to practical issues in relation to students living with disability
- Understanding of rights, obligations and barriers surrounding disability
- Understanding of international declarations, national laws, and education policies relevant to disability and inclusion
Will qualitative data be gathered?
Yes, both quantitative and qualitative data will be gathered by the Project Leader to measure the project outcomes. We feel it is important to gather stories and experiences of students and school staff.
Are you expecting the independent evaluator to gather data from schools and stakeholders?
Yes, but this depends on what is possible within the budget available.
Do you have a preference for the individual/group you want to appoint as the independent evaluator?
No. It is an open tender. We are hoping to attract suitably experienced researchers who will be able to conduct a robust evaluation of the entire project. We expect all three universities in SA to be interested however we also encourage interstate individuals/groups to apply.
When are you hoping to appoint an independent evaluator?
See page 4 of the document. Depending on the number and quality of applicants, Purple Orange hopes to appoint an evaluator by the end of this year. We want the independent evaluator to be able to commit to an appropriate timeline for the evaluation.
When is the evaluation expected to conclude?
See page 4 of the document. Purple Orange hopes the final report can be delivered by 30 June 2020 however this may be extended to coincide with the project timeline.