Adult & Community Education Strategy Group: Invitation to Tender

Invitation to Tender to:

Research and Develop a Strategy for Adult Community Education Provision in North East Inner City Dublin


The Adult & Community Education (ACE) Strategy Group is a group of Community education organisations that work in Dublin’s North East Inner City. The group is comprised of Larkin Unemployed Centre, Dublin Adult Learning Centre (DALC), Lourdes Youth and Community Services (LYCS) and CDETB Adult Education Service. The group is a sub-group of the Adult and Community Education Forum (ACEF) that includes the majority of community education providers in North Inner City Dublin.


The research is joint funded by City of Dublin Education & Training Board (CDETB) and by the North East Inner City Task Force (NEIC).

The proposal is in line with Strategic Objective 6 of the NEIC Task Force Strategic Plan 2020 – 2022 which states:
“Improve adult education levels through enhanced training and learning opportunities” and two priority actions outlined in the strategic plan namely:

  • 3.2: Develop and agree a strategy on community education with the relevant stakeholders
  • 3.3: Raise awareness of courses available under community education and the City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB) including outreach activities with a view to encouraging life-long learning

The Project

To research and develop an agreed strategy for adult and community education in Dublin’s North East Inner City:

Central to the project is field-work methodology and an engagement with those most distant from adult and community education. The goal of the project would include strategies for improving existing provision while also exploring ways of engaging those not currently engaged particularly those most marginalized.

The work has three broad elements:

  • Desk Research
  • Field Work
  • Development of Strategy

Objectives of the Project:

  • To carry out desk research to review recent and current research and reports so as to give an overview of current adult and community provision in the NEIC
  • To Identify current coverage, reach, referral, coordination and collaboration of adult and community education in the NEIC
  • To identify gaps and/or service deficits/duplication
  • To comment on the role and relevance of Adult and Community Education in the NEIC
  • To give an overview and analysis of the demographics for adult age groups in the NEIC
  • To consult with adult and community education providers and relevant statutory agencies
  • To directly outreach and consult with potential and current adult learners regarding:
    • their educational and developmental needs
    • the programmes and courses which should be provided to meet those needs
  • To produce a strategy for Adult and Community Education in Dublin’s North East Inner City


A clear understandable and agreed Strategy for the delivery of adult and community education in the NEIC

The Strategy to take account of the following:

  • The FET Strategy 2020-2024
  • Other research or strategies currently being undertaken or developed regarding adult and community education in the ETB sector


  • Desk Research: May 2021
  • Focus Groups: June/July 2021
  • Field Work: July/August 2021
  • Delivery of Strategy: September 2021
  • It is envisaged that this project will take between 40 – 60 days over a 5 month period

Project Management/Support

The project will be overseen by the ACE sub-group so as to ensure adherence to project objectives and provide support to the successful researcher/consultant
Funding will be managed and administered by Dublin Adult Learning Centre

Criteria for Assessment

Applicants tenders will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Experience, knowledge and understanding of adult and community education
  • Research and writing skills and experience of documentary and statistical analysis
  • Ability to oversee and undertake fieldwork surveys, door step interviewing and outreach to potential adult learners
  • Experience of strategic planning and strategy development
  • Facilitation and group work skills and the ability to organise consultative workshops/events
  • Interviewing and recording skills
  • Some knowledge of North East Inner City Dublin and the network of adult and community education providers in the area
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Cost Breakdown and Value for Money

Requirement for Submission

Interested applicants should submit their tender by 21st May 2021 and include:

  • Outline of work on similar projects and links to same
  • Clear Understanding of the requirements of this project
  • Details of the methodology and approach to be used
  • Timeline for completion
  • Breakdown of costs including VAT
  • Two referees

Parties Interested in undertaking this project should return completed tenders by email to :

Interested parties can secure further information regarding this project from:
Mary Maher: Dublin Adult Learning Centre:
Máirín Kenny: CDETB:

North East Inner City Dublin & CDETB

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
20th Apr, 2021
Expiry Date
21st May, 2021