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					Appendix 1                   BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL
Contract Number: PROC/0065
Contract Name: SRB6 Regeneration Research Consultancy
               Birmingham SRB6 North West Corridors of Regeneration
                                Research Brief


Introduction

SRB 6 Funding (approximately £40m) has been obtained to fund a programme of
regeneration from 2000 – 2007 in North West Birmingham targeting Soho ward and
parts of Aston, Handsworth, Sandwell and Ladywood wards.

The programme is intended to create physical change, employment opportunities
and promote inward investment in Birmingham’s North West Corridor. The focus is
very much on community engagement and involvement to improve the area and
make the community stronger and self-supporting.

An Evaluation study is required to:

 Provide a final report to measure the effectiveness and value added of the SRB
  programme over the 2000- 2007 programme period including an assessment of
  the Programme’s performance against the ‘End of Programme Position’ identified
  in Schedule A of the original bid
 Provide a mid-term assessment of the effectiveness and value added of the SRB
  programme in years 1-3 (2000/2003), including an update of the Programme’s
  progress against the ‘End of Programme Position’ identified in schedule A of the
  original bid.
 Provide Annual reports, in addition to the mid term and final reports, to assist the
  Board to improve the management and effectiveness of the Programme.
 Advise on an exit strategy for the SRB 6 Programme incorporating advice on a
  framework for future monitoring and evaluation.

Background

The Evaluation study is being commissioned by The North West Birmingham
Regeneration Board, which has been formed to oversee the successful delivery of
the SRB6 Programme. Advantage West Midlands funding guidelines state that all
SRB Programmes are required to undertake evaluations in line with the Department
of Transport and Regions Good Practice Guidance.

The Partnership Board is responsible for setting the priorities and approving all
projects to deliver the Programme’s objectives and consists of 6 residents, 6
Councillors of Birmingham City Council, 6 Community/Voluntary sector
representatives, 6 Business, trader and corporate business and 5 statutory
organisation representatives.

The Executive consists of the Chair, Vice Chair and the Chair’s of 4 Implementation
Groups. The role of the Executive is to advise the Partnership Board on issues such
as Project Performance and development. The Implementation Groups are
responsible for developing projects driving the delivery of activity around the four
main themes of the Programme linked to the strategic objectives;



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       Business, Economy and Physical Infrastructure
       Community, Health and Social Exclusion
       Education, Training and Employment
       Crime and Community Safety

Strategic Aims of the Evaluation Study

The Board has identified 5 strategic objectives for the Programme and these provide
the over-arching context for the Evaluation. These are outlined in Schedule A of the
original bid and are as follows:

    SO1: Improving the employment prospects, education and skills of local people.
    SO2: Addressing social exclusion and improving opportunities for the
    disadvantaged.
    SO3: Promoting sustainable regeneration, improving and protecting the
    environment and infrastructure
    SO4: Supporting and Promoting growth in local economies and businesses
    SO5: Reducing crime and drug abuse and improving community safety.

Against each strategic objective a number of Baseline Positions have been identified
for key issues such as unemployment rates. Against these Baseline Positions the
activity of the Programme is intended to deliver some key outcomes within the area.
The Evaluation Study will need to monitor and report on these key outcomes over
the period of the programme and report on the factors that have impacted on the
programmes final achievements. The outcomes are ambitious and include the
following:

       A general reduction in unemployment – halving the gap between the area and
        city averages
       The creation of 150 ethnic minority businesses will be achieved over the life of
        the programme
       A 50% reduction in industrial vacancy levels and 50,000m2 of floor space
        occupied.
       Improvement and development of 35 acres of land and premises
       Creating 4 major development sites for inward investment.
       30-35% reduction in rates of Burglary, repeat burglary, robbery and vehicle
        crime.
       Improving local services delivered by all statutory agencies, to make them
        more appropriate and effective in meeting the needs of the area’s diverse
        community, and achieving a significant reduction in fear of crime.

In year 1 (2000/01) of the Programme a number of feasibility studies, including a
Household Survey, were commissioned which have shaped the Programme and the
projects developed within each Implementation Groups. Copies of the relevant
studies are available upon request.

Methodology

In selecting the successful contractor, the Board will be strongly influenced by the
robustness of the evaluation methodology. The Board is looking for a comprehensive

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evaluation of the value added of the SRB Programme to place the strategic
outcomes in context and is also seeking interim analysis to guide the management
and targeting of the Programme. The methodology will therefore need to incorporate
provision for

 a final report to measure the effectiveness and value added of the SRB
  programme over the 2000- 2007 programme period
 a mid-term assessment of the effectiveness and value added of the SRB
  programme
 Annual reports to provide a regular update on performance and to assist the
  Board to improve the management and effectiveness of the Programme
 An exit strategy for the SRB 6 Programme incorporating advice on a framework
  for future monitoring and evaluation.

Both the mid term and final reports will need to provide a comprehensive update and
assessment of the Programme’s position against the strategic outcomes for the
Programme identified in Schedule A of the Bid.

In addition to providing a detailed assessment of the Programme’s performance, the
mid term report will also provide the opportunity to assess the realism of the
outcomes and highlight at an early stage those which cannot be achieved.

The Annual reports, in addition to providing a general update on performance, will
also provide the opportunity for feedback to the Partnership Board on issues
affecting the delivery of the Programme. This will ensure measures can be
implemented to address any issues and provide greater value for money. The
Annual Reports should be completed in conjunction with the Annual Project Review
process, which assesses the performance of a broad section of projects covering
each strategic objective of the Programme.

Given the scale and complexity of the project the Board recognises that there will be
a need for considerable discussion and dialogue with the contractor to fine-tune the
detail of the adopted methodology. However, in preparing the evaluation framework
for the tendering process there are a number of policy considerations that the Board
would like the contractor to incorporate into their approach. Specifically:

    1. The evaluation framework will need to evaluate the Programmes contribution
       to the City Council’s Flourishing Neighbourhoods Action Plan. (The plan has
       identified a number of potential indicators, which should be used when
       assessing the impact of the Programme within the local area in terms of
       outputs, and outcomes.)

    2. The evaluation framework will need to identify the value added of the
       Programme for the programme area and specifically for actual beneficiaries.
       With regard to the latter the contractor will need to take into account factors
       raised in a recent City Council Scrutiny report on the employment impact of
       SRB Programmes in the City. (The key recommendations of the report to be
       addressed are those relating to the effective tracking of beneficiaries and to
       ensure that local people access local employment opportunities (report
       recommendations 7 and 9 refer).


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Alongside the evaluation of the Programme’s performance against the strategic
outcomes the feedback should also evaluate programme delivery. The Board would
like the contractor to consider in their evaluation framework, how they would:

    1. Assess the roles, responsibilities and effectiveness of the Board, Executive
       and Implementation groups.

    2. Assess the effectiveness of partnership working with agencies in the public,
       private and voluntary sectors

    3. Assess Programme delivery (particularly in the areas of project appraisal,
       project commissioning and employment tracking) and identify examples of
       good and bad practice.

    4. Assess the quality of existing Programme information from projects (and
       information systems) and to identify & advise on procedures to fill information
       gaps and to take direct measures through surveys and other research
       methods to gather information for evaluation.

In terms of value added, the Board would like the contractor to:

    1. Evaluate the linkages between the outputs and outcomes of the SRB6
       Programme with those of other regeneration projects operating in the SRB
       area – including West Midlands Regeneration Zone, New Deal for
       Communities and other SRB initiatives.
    2. Assess the impact of the SRB programme on worklessness and social
       deprivation within the local area.
    3. Assess the impact of the SRB programme on Business vitality in the local
       area.

The involvement, views and perceptions of local residents must be central to the
work carried out. Therefore the contractor must:
   1. Give prominence to the perceptions of local people and especially
      beneficiaries, within the overall evaluation of the SRB Programme.
   2. Ensure local companies are encouraged, wherever possible, to tender for any
      sub-contacting work.
   3. Identify innovative methods for the involvement of local people in delivering
      the evaluation programme. This may include carrying out interviews and other
      consultation within the local community on behalf of the contractor.

To assist the preparation of the Evaluation Study, the Board will make available a
number of key documents – these include the following, many of which are available
electronically.

SRB6 Delivery Plan 2003-4
http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/GenerateContent?CONTENT_ITEM_ID=20857&CONTENT_ITEM_TY
PE=0&MENU_ID=263

North West Birmingham Corridors of Regeneration Programme Review 2000-2003.




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http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/Media/North%20West%20Birmingham%20-
%20Programme%20Review.pdf?MEDIA_ID=28813&FILENAME=North%20West%2
0Birmingham%20-%20Programme%20Review.pdf

Northwest Birmingham SRB6 area Development Framework. Draft Executive Summary.
Birmingham City Council. Jan 2003.
http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/Media/NWBSRB6Framework.pdf?MEDIA_ID=20165&
FILENAME=NWBSRB6Framework.pdf

Regeneration Initiatives in North West Birmingham. Birmingham City Council. 2003.
http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/GenerateContent?CONTENT_ITEM_ID=12944&CON
TENT_ITEM_TYPE=0&MENU_ID=5001

The Effectiveness of Birmingham SRB Programmes in getting people into Work.
Report to Birmingham City Council Regeneration Scrutiny Committee. April 2003.
http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/GenerateContent?CONTENT_ITEM_ID=22219&CONTENT_ITEM_TY
PE=0&MENU_ID=574

Zone Implementation Plan for the South Black Country West Birmingham
Regeneration Zone. 2003-6. February 2003.

Aston Pride New Deal for Communities Delivery Plan 2003-4. Report to Birmingham
City Council Cabinet. August 2003.

Creating Advantage – The West Midlands Economic Strategy. Advantage West
Midlands. 1999.
       Agenda for Action. Advantage West Midlands. 2001
       Agenda for action Update 2002-4. Advantage West Midlands. 2002

‘Flourishing Neighbourhoods’ Birmingham’s Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy 2003/4.

Birmingham City Council. April 2003.

http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/Media/NWBSRB6Framework.pdf?MEDIA_ID=20165&FILEN
AME=NWBSRB6Framework.pdf

Research Management

The successful contractor will be responsible to the SRB6 Area Partnership Board
for the evaluation contract and will report directly to the Board.

 The contractor will be expected to prepare regular work programmes for approval by
the Area Board on annual basis, to take into account recommendations identified
within the previous annual report and other work-taking place within the Programme.

The SRB6 Programme Manager will act as a central point of contact between the
Programme and contactor and will be responsible for over seeing the project on
behalf of the Partnership Board.




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Contract Number: PROC/0065
Contract Name: SRB6 Regeneration Research Consultancy



Production or Reports

All reports and supporting data, will be the property of Birmingham City Council for
and on behalf of the SRB6 Board.

 40 copies of the final and mid term reports will be required, including an electronic
version compatible with Microsoft Office.

The number of copies of any other interim reports will be by negotiation.

Work Programme Variations

The Partnership Board reserves the right to amend or change the evaluation brief at
its discretion. Consultation with the contractor will take place prior to any significant
changes.




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