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Thursday, 3 May 2012

As a result of stage one of a five-year consultation programme designed to evaluate the value of public consultation, the South West Regional Consultation Agency (SWRCA) now seeks independent consultants to take this work forward.

The main task of the new consultants will be to advise the Board on how to make progress on issues already identified through constructive evaluation of key parts of the draft consultation document (copy available).

It is anticipated that, on acceptance of the consultant's Report, a final draft of the recommendations will be issued for a further period of public debate. Advice will then be taken on whether the resultant strategy is feasible, after which it go forward for critical assessment and scrutiny by South West Scrutiny (SCRU).

The main task of the consultants will be to recommend to the Board whether to include thematic and crosscutting issues together or whether the cross cutting issues should be dealt with before the thematic ones.

Consultants wishing to receive Tender documents should first ensure that they have experience of, understanding of and extensive work experience in the following fields of public consultation:

1. Forging close links between areas of common concern.

2. Providing frameworks of incentives and structures using goals and aspirations

3. An ability to recognise economic drivers, community champions and honest brokers

4. Proven experience of achieving alignments of respective efforts using test beds, strategic matches, marketing vehicles and pilots

5. In depth understanding of core aims such as creating clear gateways through interim packages and strategic links by the use of economic thermometers and health checks

6. Can demonstrate previous co-ordinated approaches using cross cutting themes (CCTs) and formal accords using workshop methods and other practical tools

7. An ability to enter into such accords where deemed necessary

8. Have knowledge of multifunctional resources, focus groups and target-focussing seminars

9. Can provide hard evidence of having bred a culture of collated work tasking dedicated to delivery stages

10. Experience in radical appraisals with strategic goals using legislative framework and agreed methodologies

NOTE: Particularly emphasis will be placed on experience of ex-ante evaluations of existing legislation so that policy instruments and cumulative burdens are not forgotten.

11. Detailed understanding of said cumulative burdens so that mechanisms for identifying these are developed using thematic partnerships.

NOTE: As stated above, a key element of the work will be to advise on whether it is right to include thematic and cross cutting issues or whether the cross cutting issues should be included before the thematic ones. It is therefore essential to have an in depth knowledge of cross cutting themes (CCTs) and other types of strategic approaches including both actual strategies and strategic strategies.

12. Understanding of the importance of milestones, baselines and projected scheme outputs using robust evaluation from independent external perspectives and based on continuous look systems (CLS) and other established criteria for forward thinking.

NOTE: Consultants will be required to provide evidence that fully and recently audited continuous look systems are in place.

13. A proven ability to write a final report that will ensure the internal scrutiny group (SCRU) can make early recommendations to SCRU for the consultation process to proceed thus ensuring delivery of the SWRCA's strategy of full job security and continued pride in the SWRCA logo and mission statement.

Applications for the full Tender document should be made in writing and marked for the attention of the consultants working for our chief employment adviser.

Other Conditions:

1. Only tenders valued at over £4million will be considered.

2. Anyone not demonstrating a clear understanding of the workings of SCRU will be SCRUed.

3. Consultants unsure of the meaning of this document are especially welcome to bid

4. Please submit your bid in sealed envelopes using a second class stamp

5. If you wish to ensure you win this contract, Dr A Sinnick provides further advice. He is available for consultation from 7.30pm in the Red Lion.

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