Waterford Area Partnership Ltd., Westgate Park, Tramore Road, Waterford.

Tel: 051-841740, Email: info@wap.ie

SICAP Evaluation Tender

An Invitation to tender for an Evaluation of year one of the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018 -2022 in the SICAP Waterford Lot



SICAP, the national Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme, was rolled out on 1st January 2018 and will run until December 2022. Following a public procurement process, the contract for the implementation of the new programme was awarded to Waterford Area Partnership CLG for the Waterford City and County Lot.

SICAP aims to tackle poverty, social exclusion and long-term unemployment through

Local engagement and partnership between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies.

Pobal has been nominated by the Department of Rural and Community Development to act as its agent with respect to national management of the programme, including in respect of co-funding under the European Social Fund (ESF), including a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI).


SICAP Goals:

Goal 1. The primary beneficiaries of Goal 1 are local community groups and social enterprises that have a remit in working with or providing services to SICAP target groups. Work under Goal 1 is designed to support collective community engagement and the development of sustainable, stronger communities. It aims to empower communities to play a greater role in addressing social inclusion and equality issues and works with communities and target groups using community development, bottom-up approaches. This is done through providing direct supports to local communities and developing the capacity of Local Community Groups, which represent or work within disadvantaged communities and target groups. This is to ensure that they can better engage with other stakeholders, actively improve the lives of people in their communities, and address the social exclusion issues that affect them. Work under Goal 1 also includes working with local community groups to increase their participation in decision-making processes and structures, and support for community based social enterprises.


Goal 2. The primary beneficiaries of Goal 2 are disadvantaged individuals aged 15 years upwards and children and families. Work under Goal 2 is focused on supporting people who have been identified as in need of one-to-one, intensive support. This can be achieved through lifelong learning, providing labour market supports to improve work readiness, or engaging with employers to ensure better quality jobs. It can also mean working with people in more holistic ways so they can improve their quality of life and wellbeing. Engagement can be carried out on a one-to one basis or using group-based work and should be person-centred. Broadly speaking, it can be categorised as providing help in three ways:

  • Lifelong learning supports;
  • Employment supports;
  • Personal development supports.


Waterford Area Partnership CLG is seeking tender submissions to undertake an extensive quantitative and qualitative evaluation research project with the purpose of assessing the programme impact, outputs and outcomes in the Lot and to make recommendations for deployment of services in the future.



The research will be guided by key ethical requirements and the Data Protection Acts of 1988 and 2003.



To capture and analyse quantitative and qualitative data from SICAP service users, the Programme Implementing body (Waterford Area Partnership CLG), and Waterford LCDC as Contracting Body.


Initial Phase (November 2018 – December 2018)

Meetings with the Waterford Area Partnership SICAP evaluation working group to develop a baseline. Clarification of objectives and establishment of a model of work in conjunction with the Working Group.

Theoretical Phase (January 2019)

Review the Tenders and Annual Plans submitted and critique the quantitative and qualitative impact of the programme as set against targets.


Empirical Phase (January 2019 – March 2019)

Data collection will be on a multi-method strategy consisting of a questionnaire survey, semi structured interviews, focus group and one-to-one meetings with SICAP clients in selected sites and qualitative interviews with the programme implementing and contracting actors involved in the programme. This phase will involve scheduled support and review meetings with the SICAP evaluation working group.


Products and Deliverables (Deadline:- draft of final report by 30th April 2019 and the final report 30th June 2019)


Final Report: which will include methodologies adopted, full analysis of statistical data expressed through tables, charts and diagrams, main findings and recommendations for deployment of services of this programme in the future. The report will be produced to a publishing standard and be made available in a downloadable format and include an executive summary of the main points and findings.


Deadline for Submissions: Friday 2nd November 2018 at 5.00pm


By email to: info@wap.ie and reference subject as: ‘SICAP EVALUATION’.


Submission to contain information on how you propose that the evaluation will be implemented, including key actions, timetable, and give an indication of how and when interviews will be carried out.


Please include:

  • Proposed budget/costings for this project
  • Relevant research experience
  • Portfolio of previous work and CV
  • Any other relevant details
  • Evidence of compliance with the essential requirements below



Requirements and qualifications

  • Experience in research skills, both quantitative and qualitative methodologies
  • Background in social inclusion & community development
  • Experience of working with community, voluntary and Statutory Sector
  • Tax Clearance Access Number



Timeframe: November 2018 to June 2019

The budget for this evaluation is €10,000 + VAT to be paid in instalments on completion of phases