Invitation to Quote
The North East Inner City Initiative (NEIC) invites submissions from suitably qualified and experienced practitioners to undertake research and devise a plan to further develop social enterprise / social economy in the NEIC area.
1. Background and Context
In July 2016, the Government launched a major initiative for Dublin’s North East Inner City (NEIC) to oversee the long-term social and economic regeneration of the area. Mr Kieran Mulvey was appointed to engage with the local community groups, representatives and other interests, and to report back with specific recommendations.
The Mulvey Report – Creating a Brighter Future, launched in February 2017, set out a range of actions to tackle the priority areas of crime and drugs; education, training and employment opportunities; services for families and young people; and physical improvements.
As recommended in the Report, a number of structures have been put in place to drive forward progress on the Mulvey actions. The NEIC Programme Implementation Board – comprising statutory, community and business sectors, and led by an Independent chairperson, Michael Stone – has established five sub-groups to progress work in the priority areas referred to above.
The NEIC Education, Training and Employment Sub Group has been tasked with implementing the Mulvey action:
“Social Enterprise should be further developed in the area through continued supports and efforts to meet the growing need for enterprise space / starter units in the area.”
To this end, the NEIC Initiative would like to invite submissions from suitably qualified and experienced practitioners to undertake research and devise a plan to further develop social enterprise / social economy in the NEIC area.
2. Specification of Task
“Many social enterprises in Ireland provide services that the government does not offer to citizens, either because the state has outsourced, or cannot provide these services to the same standard, or they do not provide them in the first place, perhaps because it would be too costly to do so. In addition, social enterprises provide services that may not be commercially viable for conventional enterprises, because while social enterprises must be sustainable enterprises they do not have the same requirements for financial rates of return as conventional enterprises and also can often draw on voluntary resources.” 
Given their focus on socio-economic outcomes, social enterprises have the potential to contribute significantly to the social and economic regeneration of Dublin’s NEIC, e.g. through labour market activation, health care, social inclusion, housing, etc. The NEIC Initiative wishes to commission research (which will necessarily involve interaction and engagement with local community groups and other relevant stakeholders) in order to develop a plan to support the roll-out of a targeted social enterprise / social economy initiative for the NEIC area.
The final product will assist the NEIC Programme Implementation Board and its Education, Training and Employment Sub Group in the implementation of a key recommendation as outlined in the Mulvey Report.
It is intended that the research will, inter alia:
- provide insight into key NEIC community issues and challenges being addressed by social entrepreneurs;
- highlight how social entrepreneurship as a concept is providing benefits to the NEIC community through its various contributions; and
- improve understanding of the nature of such existing benefits derived from social entrepreneurship in terms of what assistance they provide.
The project must include (but should not be limited to) the following tasks:
- An examination of the structural / policy context for social enterprise / social economy activity.
- An overview of the current scale and impact of social enterprise / social economy activity within the NEIC (inclusive of all agencies with a social mission / remit).
- Identify potential growth opportunities for social enterprise / social economy in the NEIC area.
- Identify the opportunities / challenges presented by an expansion of social enterprise / social economy in the NEIC area.
- Develop a plan to support the roll-out of a targeted social enterprise / social economy initiative for the NEIC area.
The total funding available for the work described herein will be a maximum of €25,000.
4. Requirements for Submission
Please submit your quotation by 12.00 noon on Wednesday, 10th April 2019 and include:
- An overview of your organisation with specific regard to research and plan / proposal development.
- An outline of work on similar projects and links to same.
- Clear understanding of the requirements of this project and demonstrate ability to deliver on same.
- An outline of the methodology and approach to the research, including engagement with stakeholders.
- Timeline for project completion.
- A breakdown of total cost, inclusive of VAT, in Euro. VAT should be shown separately.
- Tax clearance certificate.
- Confirmation that the price quoted holds good for 90 days, after the closing date for receipt of quotations.
- Contact details for two recent professional referees who can be contacted.
5. Criteria and Assessment
Each submission will be assessed on the following criteria:
- Experience (40%): Proven experience in conducting social research in community settings. Strong evidence of strategic perspective, policy analysis, research skills, information gathering and consultative working. Skills and expertise of the team (and support services available to them) must be clearly and comprehensively demonstrated.
- Methodology (40%): Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the brief. Quality of methodology design and approach to research. Demonstration of evidence to translate research into plan of action and complete work in agreed timeframe.
- Cost (20%): breakdown of costs; value for money.
Depending on the number and quality of submissions received, submissions may be shortlisted based on the above criteria. Organisations may also be requested to present their submissions to the NEIC Education, Training and Employment Sub Group.
Submissions should be placed in a sealed envelope marked for the attention of:
NEIC Programme Office
Dublin City Council Central Area HQ
51 – 53 Seán McDermott St Lower
by 12.00 noon on Wednesday, 10th April 2019.
Late submissions will not be accepted. Referees may be contacted during the assessment process; and applicants may be contacted if further clarification is required on their submission.
7. Conflict of Interest
Any conflict of interest involving the contractor and the NEIC Initiative (or the projects funded under the initiative, its staff or their relatives) must be fully disclosed in the response to this Invitation to Quote, or should be communicated to NEIC representative immediately upon such information becoming known to the contractor, in the event of this information only coming to their notice after the submission of a quote and prior to the award of the contract.
8. Terms and conditions
- Costs such as travel, subsistence and miscellaneous outlays will not be borne by NEIC Programme Office.
- Those making a submission should ensure that their submission addresses, in full, the requirements set out in this document and that all information requested is supplied.
- Shortlisting of submissions may apply and successful shortlisted applicants may be required to provide clarifications and more details as required.
- The NEIC Programme Office does not commit itself to accepting the lowest or any particular quote, and will not be liable for any costs incurred in the preparation or presentation of quotes.
- All bidders must be tax registered and have a tax clearance certificate.
- It is expected that the successful bidder will be in a position to commence and complete the work in line with the agreed time frame.
- As outlined, payments to the successful bidder will be made in two equal payments (one at mid interval and one at completion of work) subject to satisfactory work progress and agreement of project milestones in advance of commencement.
- Meetings may be organised between the NEIC representatives and the successful bidder to review an agreed work timeline.
- Canvassing by any bidder will lead to immediate disqualification from the process.
9 Enquiries to:
NEIC Programme Office.
Phone: 01 222 6604
 Forfás, (2013) Social Enterprise in Ireland