South Inner City Drugs and Alcohol Task Force: Invitation to Tender

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South Inner City Drugs and Alcohol Task Force

The South Inner City Drugs and Alcohol Task Force ( SICDATF) is seeking an individual or organisation to undertake a piece of research.

Understanding the needs of young people in relation to substance misuse and service provision for these young people in the SICDATF area.


About the SICDATF

Since 1998 the South Inner City Drug and Alcohol Task Force (SICDATF) has worked to reduce drug-related harms to individuals, families, and communities by working in partnership with key stakeholders in the community, voluntary and statutory sectors on the coordination and delivery of services.

The current terms of reference of Drug and Alcohol Task Forces require the committee to coordinate the implementation of the Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery Strategy in the context of the needs of the local/regional area, implement the actions in the Strategy where Task Forces have been assigned a role and promote the implementation of evidence-based local/regional drug and alcohol strategies and to exchange best practice. In addition, in the context of promoting an integrated public health approach to substance misuse, they will furnish an annual report to the designated Minister with responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy.

The mission of the SICDATF is to provide quality services for people and communities impacted by drugs and alcohol. There is a strong emphasis on community advocacy, quality standards in service provision, the promotion of human rights-based approaches, helping services be sustainable, supporting service users and staff and building robust interagency partnerships with stakeholders in the South Inner City. The SICDATF is developing its strategic plan in line with the NDS 2021-25 and wishes to respond to priority one.

The six strategic priorities for the national drugs strategy for 2021-2025 are:

  1. Strengthen the prevention of drug and alcohol use among children and young people
  2. Enhance access and delivery of drug and alcohol services in the community
  3. Develop harm reduction responses and integrated care pathways for high-risk drug users
  4. Address the social determinants and consequences of drug use in disadvantaged communities
  5. Promote alternatives to coercive sanctions for drug-related offences
  6. Strengthen evidence-informed and outcomes-focused practice, services, policies and strategy implementation.

Tender brief

The South Inner City Drug and Alcohol Task Force would like to explore whether there is a need for a dedicated drug and alcohol treatment service in the South Inner City area for people who are under 18. Through the research process determine what type of support, interventions or services would be appropriate for young people.

Establish the current services available to young people in the south inner city and map what is available, this will include all types of services and supports suitable for young people.

It is envisaged that this work will involve:

  1. To establish the evidence in literature, policy, or strategy for the range of services, service types, settings etc. that could be provided for people who are under 18 and may be experiencing problematic substance use substance misuse in the home.
  2. Explore the use of current models of practice offered through the HSE ( HALO and YODA)and current NICE models of intervention?
  3. What services in the SICDATF area currently engage people who are under 18 and maybe problematically using drugs or alcohol?
  4. Are there barriers that prevent young people from using services for young people in their areas and what are they?
  5. What is needed for the SICDATF area to address gaps in service provision for young people impacted by problematic substance use?
  6. Do existing youth services and youth projects working with young people need upskilling or training to better:
    • Identify and respond to signs of substance use/problematic substance use.
    • Understanding of Trauma-Informed Care or experience of using this model of practice.
    • Is Trauma-Informed Practice integrated into the organisational culture of care?
    • Deal with child protection issues in the context of substance use and self-harm.
    • An understanding of prevention and early intervention.

Methodological Approach

Desktop research on policy, strategy, approaches and evidence from clinical guidance, international standards etc. on service provision to young people with problematic substance use.

Desktop research on service provision to young people in the area including drug/alcohol-specific as well as universal service provision.

Consultation with universal service providers to assess:

The extent of engagement on relevant issues, geographical area covered etc.

Gaps in knowledge

Appetite to address this issue

Level of resourcing and capacity to address this issue

Potential partnerships, training needs etc.

Consultation with specialist service providers (e.g. those providing U18 drug/alcohol services)

Services provided

Target groups, the community served etc

Gaps in terms of issues addressed, target groups, types of service, need etc.

Stakeholder participation and consultation

Consultation with project promoters.

Consultation with other key stakeholders.

Input from young people will be an expectation of this piece of work in line with best practices and ethical considerations.


A range of potential actions for the local drug and alcohol task force to undertake based on identified gaps which may include the development of new partnerships, training /support for universal service providers, and identified service provision for young people.

Evidence to support effective decision making by the Task Force in the context of the policy environment, resource constraints etc.

Tender requirements

  • Process/ timetable listing key milestones (for reporting progress on various stages of development) and dates for meeting the deadline.
  • Methodology to be used.
  • Detailed budget and demonstrate value for money.
  • Breakdown of time allocations
  • Identification of any conflicts of interests
  • samples of similar work
  • Previous experience of research in Task Forces or related research
  • An outline of skills, qualifications, and experience in the area.
  • Required to have a working knowledge of online communication forums for example
  • Zoom or Microsoft teams.
  • Referee: contact details must be supplied for two referees, that SICDATF can contact who have engaged the proposed consultant for similar/ related work.
  • Organisations responding to this brief are required to nominate a lead person from their organisation as a point of contact (where applicable).
  • Organisations are required to provide details of all key staff and experience in the provision of these services where applicable.
  • Late proposals will not be considered.
  • All supporting material and documentation should be included in the proposal.


The budget available for the total project will be no more than €10,000 (inclusive of VAT and expenses). Please clearly outline all fees. A current tax clearance certificate will be required. This contract will be awarded based on a fixed price contract, and as such, all costs must be quoted (and indicated) as a fixed price in Euro.

The successful consultant is expected to work within the agreed budget and report regularly on budgetary issues.

Consideration will be given to competitive tenders. Breakdown of costs shows the number of days required to complete the task, the number of days each person, if more than one person is involved, will be employed on the task, and the cost per day.

The fee quoted should include travel and subsistence costs.

Insurance: The successful applicant will be required to submit evidence of relevant professional indemnity and insurance details.

Proposal Acceptance

SICDATF is not bound to accept the lowest cost or any of the proposals received and will award the contract to its own best advantage. MEAT assessment principals will apply.

The successful tender must commit to completing the assignment on time and on budget and failure to meet the timeline agreed may affect payment.

All unsuccessful tenders will also be advised of the decision.

Unless otherwise expressly agreed, there shall be no binding contract between the tender and CDATF unless or until a written contract is signed by both parties.

SICDATF reserves the right to request the provider to amend their proposals.

SICDATF also reserves the right to accept any proposal in part or total.

Proposal evaluation process

Initially, the proposals will be checked for compliance with the request for proposal conditions. Potential consultants will be assessed both on their proposals and if required, a follow-up interview.

They will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Proven capability and experience in research, consultation especially regarding work of Task Forces (30%)
  • Proven knowledge, understanding and experience of the tender scope. (30%)
  • Methodology (20%)
  • Cost (20%)

Submitting a Proposal

The revised closing date for receiving proposals is the close of business on  May 19th  2022. Candidates or a shortlist of candidates may be invited to present or meet with the selection panel before a decision is made to award the contract.

Proposals may only be submitted by email as per the contact details below. Informal queries are to be sent by e-mail to the coordinator at the

It is expected that the successful applicant will begin this project by mid-May 2022 with an anticipated finish of the project by early  October ( the timeline has some flexibility)

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
21st Mar, 2022
Expiry Date
19th May, 2022