Invitation to tender: Economic impact assessment of the ODI’s R&D programme

Thu Mar 5, 2020
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Invitation to tender: Study of the economic impact of the ODI’s R&D programme

Call for tenders by the Open Data Institute (ODI)
Contact: [email protected]

6th March 2020

The primary objective of this work is to generate evidence of the economic value (generated or estimated) to the ODI and the wider economy from the development and implementation of a number of projects within the ODI’s R&D programme. The study will draw upon the work conducted in the ODI’s R&D programme, a three-year, £6M programme to support and build upon the UK’s strengths in data, funded by Innovate UK.

This study is principally an economic evaluation of a number of projects and outputs from the programme at the micro level, with a focus on:

  • Uptake of outputs
  • Productisation of outputs
  • Types of work the R&D outputs have led onto
  • Market and revenue generated from the programme

The successful company will work in collaboration with the ODI, who will provide guidance, review and assistance throughout.

Summary and timeline

AudienceThe primary audience for this work is UK government departments who have funded, championed or overseen the contract with the ODI. A secondary audience is the ODI, who will use the insights generated to improve the effectiveness of further work
DurationBetween 30 March 2020 - 30 June 2020
Value of award (excl. VAT)Up to £40,000
Questions to the ODI by
5pm 10 March 2020
ODI responses by
5pm 12 March 2020
Costed proposals due by
5pm 23 March 2020
Tender decision by5pm 25 March 2020
Contract awarded5pm 25 March 2020
ODI brief winning applicant(s)
Week of 30 March 2020
ODI progress reviewsFortnightly during period of activity
Final work delivered by
30 June 2020
Tender referenceRDPM-040
Contact[email protected]

Terms of payment

An initial payment of £20,000 will be made on the signing of the contract, a further payment of £20,000 will be made by 31st July, on satisfactory completion of the work, including responses to all feedback from the ODI. 


At the ODI, we work with companies and governments to build an open, trustworthy data ecosystem.

We are working to build an open future with the aim to create maximum benefit for everyone. It is part of our strategy to work with companies and governments to identify challenges and develop prototypes and tools to address them.

We are delivering a three-year research and development (R&D) programme to help develop the next generation of public and private services. The work aims to support innovation, improve data infrastructure and encourage ethical data sharing.

The programme is funded by Innovate UK, as part of a £6M, three-year programme, running to March 2020. We want to enable the UK to build on its strengths in data and analytics, break new ground in creating value from data across industries, and ensure it remains at the forefront of data innovation around the world.

The aim of this study is to provide an independent layer of evidence and insights into the benefits generated by some of the projects that make up the programme, and the process by which these benefits have been achieved. The study will focus on selected projects and follow on activities, from across the three years of the programme. 

Programme themes and projects/ outputs

Projects and project outputs in the programme are grouped under the three themes of:

  • Data as infrastructure
  • Supporting innovation, business growth and trade
  • Data sharing and trust
Data as infrastructureSupporting innovation, business growth and tradeData sharing and trust
Year one- Data publishing
- Standards for open data
- Data observatories
- Collaborative registers
- Service delivery models
- peer-to-peer accommodation
- Data clusters
- AI business models report
- Smart contracts report
- UK/France twinning
- Data Ethics Canvas
- Personal data in transport report
- Data portability
- Telco open APIs
Year two- Geospatial data
- Methods to sectors
- Scaling local data
- International trade
- Agent based modelling
- Service delivery models
- Data access
- De-identification of personal data
- Utilities open APIs
Year three- Digital Twins
- Complex data ecosystems
- International trade
- Redefining private sector business case
- Vulnerable customers
- Collaborative maintenance

The following evaluations have already been undertaken as part of the programme:

We anticipate that this evaluation can build on the findings and methodologies used previously.

Projects included in the analysis

We anticipate that at least three of the following projects and project outputs will be analysed within the evaluation:

Research questions

The principal research questions are:

  1. What economic impact has been generated by the ODI’s R&D programme?
  2. What value has been generated for the ODI from the R&D programme?
  3. How have public and private sector projects been supported through the R&D programme?

Research methods

Applicants should propose suitable methods as part of the research design phase of this work. We anticipate that this will be a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods. In presenting the findings, we would like to see the overall analysis of each project as well as the use of case studies focussed on one or more key stakeholders, which illustrate in an accessible way, what is found in the analysis.


Research plan:

A broad research plan should be agreed with the ODI detailing the overarching research questions to be analysed, research methods to be used, information for the selection of project outputs, or if relevant the selection of stakeholders within projects and schedule.

Research findings report:

We anticipate that the analysis findings will be delivered through a report and accompanying presentation. The report is anticipated to be a maximum of 40 pages along with a executive summary maximum length of five pages.

The primary audience of the report will be the programme funding representatives from UK Government. All reports will be published under an open licence for anyone to see and comment on. Relevant figures or findings may be used in reporting, communications and for future ODI bids.

A draft of the report should be submitted to the ODI for comments by 12 June 2020. Feedback from the ODI will be returned by 19 June 2020. A finalised version of the report is to be submitted no later than 30 June 2020.

Schedule of deliverables:

  • Research plan
    5pm(GMT) 10 April 2020
  • Draft report
    5pm(GMT)  12 June 2020
  • Final report
    5pm(GMT)  30 June 2020


Short coordination/progress update meetings will take place on a bi-weekly basis with the ODI during period of activity.

The ODI will, where possible, provide space to work in our offices in London, when members of the successful contractor wish to work onsite. There is an expectation that the successful contractor will work closely with the ODI team.

Form of tender response

Interested parties should submit a costed proposal (in English) to [email protected] which includes:

  • the tender reference in the email subject line
  • a short (no more than 10 pages) explanation of your proposed approach (eg methodology, scope), including why you are well-placed to do the work
  • a description of the team who will do the work, including bios
  • the costing should be at activity level, but feel free to provide more detail
  • a writing sample of a similar research report or impact study

If you have any questions about the tender, please contact [email protected] quoting the tender reference. The ODI reserves the right to make both anonymised questions and answers public or shared with other organisations having stated their interest.

Decision criteria

All proposals will be assessed as described in our public procurement policy. In addition, for this procurement we will be looking for experience in developing similar social and economic models which enable the scaling of project level economic and social benefits to the economy as a whole.