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The North East LEP is committed to being a learning organisation, ensuring that up-to-date economic analysis, evaluation and evidence development is at the heart of its work.

Monitoring and evaluation activities form a key component of this ambition as it provides an opportunity to demonstrate impact and effectiveness of inventions and a solid evidence base for future decision making by the LEP, its partners and others engaged in local economic development.

As part of an ongoing programme of research and evaluation activities, the North East LEP wishes to commission the interim evaluation of the North East Strategic Economic Plan (SEP). The SEP sets out the ambition for the North East economy.

To support the delivery of the SEP objectives and targets, the interim evaluation will assess the effectiveness and impact of the delivery of the SEP from its publication in 2014 and the North East LEP itself in the number of roles it plays in supporting the economy. The appointed contactor will also work with the North East LEP on fund or project evaluations so that individual project activities align with and feed into the interim SEP evaluation.

The appointed contractor will bring together existing monitoring and evaluation findings to present an overall picture of the impact of the SEP on the North East economy, alongside undertaking mini project evaluations and primary research activities to capture strategic added value. In light of this, we anticipate that the successful contractor will have a clear understanding of the North East economy and regional economic development alongside experience and expertise in evaluation methodologies and innovative approaches to conducting research.

The interim evaluation will start in June 2018 and continue until March 2021, and will help to inform the final evaluation of the SEP (to be undertaken between 2021 and 2024) and other SEP research and evaluation.

The contract value is a maximum of £30,000 (including expenses, excluding VAT) will be available each year over three years.

If you are interested in this opportunity or would like more information, please register your interest and download the tender specification from NEPO

Please note that the closing date for expressions of interest is 12noon on 14 May 2018.

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