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Invitation to tender: Moving on Up evaluation partner

Author: Trust for London

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Moving on Up (MoU) aims to improve employment outcomes for young black men in London. The programme is jointly funded by Trust for London and City Bridge Trust, and delivered by Action for Race Equality.

We are seeking an evaluation partner for the collective impact strand of the initiative's Phase Three period.

Moving on Up covers three main strands of activity:

  • Testing a collective impact model to improve employment outcomes for young black men in Brent and Newham.
  • Working with companies in the construction, finance and digital sectors to drive employer-led proactive approaches to improving recruitment, retention and progression of young black men in these sectors.
  • Research and communications activities to identify and promote what works in improving employment outcomes for young black men.

MoU Phase Three extends the MoU Phase Two activities from December 2021 to December 2023.

The collective impact approach brings together key local stakeholders to agree and implement an action plan, coordinating activities to ultimately improve employment outcomes for young black men in each borough.

The two collective impact partnerships are led by Brent Council and Newham Council. Partners within the collective impact partnerships include Job Centre Plus, universities, colleges, voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises. 

The intended outcomes from the collective impact strand are:

  • A clearly defined and tested model for mobilising existing resources within local areas to provide targeted support to population groups which are struggling to get into good quality jobs and careers.
  • An increase in the number of young black men moving into quality jobs as measured against an appropriate baseline or comparator.

We are seeking an evaluation partner to address the following questions:

  1. Is a collective impact approach more effective than business as usual to improve employment outcomes for young black men?
  2. Are the collective impact objectives and ways of working being achieved?
  3. What lessons are there from the collective impact approach about improving employment outcomes for young black men?
  4. How can we use these lessons to improve outcomes and ways of working within the programme period?
  5. What lessons learned from MoU to improve employment outcomes can be applied to other demographic groups experiencing labour market disadvantage, in any area of the UK?

Full details of the expected outcomes and criteria for this evaluation can be found in the invitation to tender document below.

Up to £50,000 inclusive of VAT and expenses. 

Moving on Up evaluation brief 2022

MoU Phase One took place from 2015 to 2017 and was evaluated by The Social Innovation Partnership (TSIP).

Full evaluation 2017

MoU Phase Two took place from 2017 to 2021 and we have published an interim evaluation of findings.

Interim evaluation 2021

Please direct any queries to Hilary Cornish: hcornish@trustforlondon.org.uk.

April 2022