Brief for Evaluation Consultant



Roundhouse Birmingham is a pioneering partnership between the Canal & River Trust and the National Trust, to bring an important Birmingham landmark back to life. We want to conserve and sustain Roundhouse and engage people in it through a model of partnership, participation and enterprise. It will house a number of businesses, including a visitor attraction business, and will play a role in the local community. The Grade II* listed building is a beautiful, striking and rare circular landmark overlooking the mainline canal in the centre of Birmingham, part of its industrial heritage and at the heart of the Ladywood community and regenerating waterside. This important project would not be possible without the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, who awarded the project a Heritage Enterprise grant of nearly £2.5m in July 2017. We are aiming to formally launch the Roundhouse in October 2018 following a period of capital works and public activity that will build the profile and popularity of this special place.



We would like you to provide insight based on analysis of data and the research you carry out that provide an understanding of:

1. How change is happening (or not) in relation to our desired project outcomes, and how effectively the project has met its objectives

2. The impact of our activity, expected and unexpected

3. How the project meets the national outcomes of partners (NT, CRT, HLF)

4. The impact of the NT/CRT partnership and this model of enterprise

5. How we may do things differently on future projects/lessons we can share with the sector


We would like you to:

6. Help create an evaluation framework for the project and internal culture which helps build confidence in evaluation methods among the Roundhouse team in order that it becomes part of everyday practice and not an extra thing to do. Revisit evaluation within the Activity Statement to ensure we have the best techniques for the respective activities and audiences

7. Help us learn as we go, so that evaluation helps us to improve throughout the project

8. Help us ensure that we meet HLF evaluation requirements in relation to the activity and business plans and push us to keep revisiting our desired outcomes and ambition for the project

9. Help us shape our own internal review process, with partners and stakeholders.



10. An agreed evaluation plan and work plan

11. A series of workshops at key points in the project for purposes of review and adaptation

12. Rationalise and complete our detailed evaluation framework

13. Create a set of questions that will live in the minds of the project team and that will be answered through your assessment (this may be based on the framework)

14. A summative report after the project has ended, making this accessible and digestible for a range of audiences. An interim report is required at the end of year 1.


Your proposal


We would like you to set out your approach to the brief and highlight your particular strengths, skills and relevant areas of experience. We want to know why you want this job. We want to get a sense of how you will work with us, how much of you we will see and when. Please provide a breakdown of the budget and two references from similar pieces of work you have carried out. Excluding C.Vs and case studies, we would like you to do this within 4 sides of A4.

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Deadline: 14th March 2018


Please see full brief attached.



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