Novas - McGarry House: Evaluation Tender

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McGarry House – Evaluation Tender Brief

1. Context and Rationale


Novas is a voluntary organisation and Approved Housing Body working with families and single adults who are disadvantaged and socially excluded; primarily those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. We provide a range of services and accommodation for marginalised households throughout Ireland. We offer bespoke, client-centred services, based on empirical evidence of fifteen years’ experience of working with people who are homeless in Ireland. We believe everyone is entitled to a home.

In 2002, Novas established its first service in Ireland – a temporary supported, low-threshold accommodation service in Limerick. Since then we have grown significantly with more than 20 services in counties Limerick, Clare, Tipperary, Dublin, Cork and Kerry. We support our clients through Housing, Health and Recovery. We recognise the complex issues that cause homelessness and endeavour to offer holistic, long-term solutions.

Novas McGarry House

McGarry House (formerly known as Bridgeland House) was the first service that Novas set up in 2002. 17 years later this low-threshold, short-term residential service for people that are homeless has developed into a 40 bed housing, health and recovery service. The model of care is based on harm reduction and trauma informed care. All staff within the service are TIC trained and a bespoke peer education programme (TOPPLE) targeting people that are drug dependent is successfully operated in McGarry House.

2. Research Overview and Application Criteria

2.1 Aims of the research

  • To document the delivery of the service from the perspective of two main groups: (i) those who live in the service (ii) the key stakeholders.
    This documentation process will map service implementation, fidelity to the original model (including any adaptations and results of same), outcome success and functioning of the service over the past seventeen years.
  • To evaluate the outcomes of McGarry House in comparison to other support and accommodation services for people that present as homeless, across the country.

2.2 Outputs

An evaluation report that includes:

  • An objective overview of McGarry House to date (including all of the components detailed in section 2.1).
  • A robust development plan for the service going forward.
  • A health economics analysis.

2.3 Selection Criteria

The successful researcher(s) / consultant(s) will need to demonstrate:

  • A track record in similar work, with particular experience of harm reduction, trauma informed care, addiction supports, homelessness and related interventions. (20%)
  • Knowledge of the national programme Rebuilding Ireland as well as the Quality Standards Framework for STA. (10%)
  • A comprehensive understanding of social exclusion facing those that become homeless and the evidenced outcomes for this group. (25%)
  • Knowledge and experience of working with multi-agency steering groups and stakeholders. (15%)
  • Excellent communication, written and inter-personal skills. (10%)
  • Experience and knowledge of current and emerging methodologies for engaging difficult and hard-to-reach groups, including co-production techniques, etc. (20%)

2.4 Management and Expectations

  • The management of the work will be vested in a subgroup to whom the consultant(s) will submit all outputs.
  • Ownership of all data, including the final report, rests with Novas, along with decisions on all aspects of publication and dissemination.
  • The consultant(s) will be required to submit at least two drafts of the report in advance of final submission, and edit according to feedback from the subgroup.
  • Novas reserves the right to invite potential consultants to interview following a short-listing criteria process

3. Schedule, Budget and Tender Submission

3.1 It is anticipated that this work should take no longer than three months to complete, commencing immediately on signing of contract.
3.2 The total budget available is €12,500, inclusive of V.A.T and all other expenses.
3.3 Electronic tender submissions should be sent to by C.O.B on the 13th of May.



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