The National Family Support Network: Invitation to Tender

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Invitation to Tender

The National Family Support Network invites tenders from individuals/organisations experienced in qualitative/quantitative research and consultancy to undertake a piece of research on the topic of; health outcomes of adult family members of people who misuse drugs/alcohol.

Background and Context:

The National Family Support Network (NFSN) is an autonomous organisation which supports families living with substance misuse in Ireland. The priority work areas of the organisation include; development and outreach, training and best practice provision and the advancement of policy and research to improve the lives of families living with substance misuse. NFSN is funded by the Drugs Policy Unit (Dept of Health) and Tusla (The Child and Family Agency). Funding for this research has generously been awarded by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

Objectives

The purpose of this tender is to contract a suitably qualified individual/organisationto undertake a programme of research which will seek to identify the health outcomes of adult family members of people who misuse drugs/alcohol and to identify the impact of support-based interventions on these outcomes. It is hoped that the research can assist in advocating for addiction specific services for family members of people who misuse drugs/alcohol and will act as a key mapping tool in understanding the impact of addiction on the health of family members and the responses from statutory and community stakeholders in addressing these health needs.

Key Steps

As this project will involve vulnerable adults, adherence to the highest research ethical standards must be demonstrated. The successful candidate should demonstrate how they will consider ethical implications within their application.

  • Comprehensive analysis of literature relating to health outcomes and familial addiction
  • Quantitative research (survey) design/dissemination and analysis with participant service user group of family members impacted by a relative’s substance misuse (50 participants to complete survey minimum)
  • Qualitative research (interview) design/facilitation and analysis with participant service user group of family members impacted by a relative’s substance misuse (20 interviews & two focus groups minimum)
  • Analysis and write up of data gathering and intel from primary research to develop upon recommendations to inform rights-based service and support model.

Timeline:

This project should be completed no later than June 1st 2020.

Budget:

The Budget for this project should not exceed €13,950 (Inclusive travel and subsistence) Separate funding amount can be accessed to print, design and launch the research report. Requirements for Submission: Please submit your tender application no later than Tuesday September 17 that 12pm, by email (aoife@fsn.ie) and include:

  • An overview of your organisation/personal profile and its/your experience in research
  • Outline of work on similar projects and links to same. An understanding of family support, the community sector and the nature of volunteerism is central to the process of the project so please outline your experience of this here.
  • Profile of research personnel to be involved in the project.
  • Outline of the methodologyand approach to the research
  • Timeline for completion.
  • A breakdown of total costing, inclusive of VAT.
  • Tax clearance certificate.
  • Contact details of two recent professional referees who can be contacted.

Enquiries to:
Aoife Frances, Policy & Research Officer
National Family Support Network
018980148
aoife@fsn.ie

This research is made possible by funding provided by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

Expiry date: 

17/09/19

Date Entered/Updated: 

27/08/19