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Invitation to tender: Study of the process and outcomes from the ODI’s innovation programme

Tue Mar 5, 2019
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Study of the economic and social returns from the ODI’s innovation programme, phase 2

Tender reference: RDPM-016.

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

Study of the economic and social returns from the ODI’s innovation programme, phase 2

The primary objective of this work is to generate insights into the participation, engagement, uptake and use of outputs of ODI’s innovation programme and the resulting benefits. The findings will support the ODI to improve the effectiveness of the following years of the programme and similar future work. The ODI’s innovation programme is a three-year, £6M programme to support and build upon the UK’s strengths in data, funded by Innovate UK.

This study is principally a process evaluation of a number of projects from year 1 and year 2 of the programme at the micro level, investigating project dynamics, engagement with users of the knowledge and tools generated in the programme, and the resulting benefits to organisations.

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

Summary and timeline

AimThe primary objective of this work is to generate insights into the participation, engagement, uptake and use of outputs of ODI’s innovation programme and resulting benefits generated thus far by the ODI’s innovation programme
AudienceThe primary audience for the 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
Duration Between 1 April 2019 - 20 December 2019
Value of award (excl. VAT)Up to £100,000
Questions to ODI by5pm 4 March BST 2019
ODI responses by5pm 7 March BST 2019
Costed proposals due by5pm 18 March BST 2019
Tender decision by5pm 22 March BST 2019
Contract awarded5pm 23 March BST 2019
ODI brief winning applicant(s) Week of 1 April 2019
ODI progress reviewsFortnightly during period of activity
Final work delivered by20 December 2019
Tender reference:[RDPM-016]
Contact[email protected]

Terms of payment

An initial payment of £25,000 will be made on the signing of the contract, a further payment of £25,000 will be made on 30 July 2019 and a final payment of £50,000 on 20 December 2019, on satisfactory completion of the work, including responses to all feedback from the ODI.

Background

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 the projects that make up the programme, and the process by which these benefits have been achieved. The study will focussing on year 1 activity (£2 million spend) and year 2 activity (£2 million forecast spend) in addition to year 3 activity (£2 million spend).

This is study is principally a process evaluation, which includes investigating benefits have been achieved as well as how the projects have operated to produce these benefits.

For many of the projects that will be analysed in the study, we can expect that their benefits will accrue over many years into the future. At this stage, we are not anticipating that this study will be able to quantify overall financial benefit to organisations in the short and medium term, but anticipate that qualitative analysis will provide insights on the benefits received and perceived.

This is a large amount of work, across a number of different projects and project outputs within the programme. We anticipate extensive engagement with organisations and individuals who have engaged with the programme through the R&D activities, and who have engaged with the programme outputs in different way. The analysis work will required delving into and understanding the project objectives, hypothesis or theory of change, stakeholder dynamics and various stages in awareness, uptake and use of the outputs across different types of organisations.

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

This is a tender for phase 2 of the assessment of the impacts of the R&D programme, following on from phase 1 work undertaken in 2018. Details of the first phase of the assessment work carried out can be found here. The first phase of analysis focussed on both micro level analysis and further macro level analysis which investigated illustrations of benefits scaled to the economy over a 5 year period. The first phase of analysis covered four projects/project outputs:

  • The Data Ethics Canvas
  • The Standards Guidebook
  • The open data public service stimulus fund
  • Open data publishing tools

Projects included in the analysis

We anticipate that the following project and project outputs will be analysed during the period

Stage 1. April to July 2019, to feed into the ODI’s learning in the third year of the programme,

Stage 2. September to December 2019 to provide an overview analysis of the programme and feed into future R&D programmes.

The projects have been selected for inclusion in the analysis on the basis that:

  • the analysis represents >90% of the project spend (approx, £3M) across years 1 and 2 of the programme and >50% of project spend (£1.5M) in year 3, excluding management and year 3 innovation fund and dissemination.
  • Projects selected have a faster anticipated pathway to uptake and economic and social benefit than those not selected

Stage 1: April to July 2019

Selected year 1 projects and project outputs

  • Peer-to-peer accommodation
  • Emerging technology research reports on AI business models, smart contracts and personal data in transport
  • UK-France twinning

Stage 2: September to December 2019

Selected projects and project outputs.

  • Open APIs in telecoms (year 1), APIs in utilities (year 2)
  • Data access (year 2)
  • Geospatial data (year 2)
  • De-identification of personal data (year 2)
  • Agent based modelling (year 2)
  • International trade (years 2 and 3)
  • Digital twins (year 3)
  • Collaborative maintenance (year 3)

Update analysis carried out in 2018

  • Data publishing
  • Open data standards (please note that a separate analysis will investigate the macro level return to the economy of open data standards)
  • Service delivery
  • Data Ethics Canvas

Each project consists of multiple outputs, at times with different audiences. The winning applicant will need to agree with the ODI at the start of the contract which of the outputs from each project will be investigated in depth, complementing a more general analysis of the project across the project outputs.

Research questions

The following research questions are proposed. The applicant is expected to finalise the research questions as part of the project delivery, including the number of projects/project outputs that are to be included in the analysis.

  1. How do the activities of the project support the projects theory of change or hypothesis?
  2. To what degree is the project hypothesis and project activities suitable to meet the project objectives?
  3. Which stakeholders have engaged with the project through its process? Which stakeholders have engaged with the knowledge and insights generated in the projects and captured in the project outputs (reports, animations, tools, other)? How have they engaged? What project activities have supported engagement, how successful have these been?
  4. How have the project output been used within organisations or by individuals; what benefits has this resulted in?
  5. Which aspects of the project activities or approaches have been most significant and least significant in generating the benefits realised?
  6. What contextual factors are important for the project to be successful or significantly hinder their success?
  7. What recommendations can be made towards the project hypothesis or project activities to realise more benefits?

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.

Deliverables

Research plans:

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. The plan for stage 1 should be submitted for input and comments from the ODI by 15 March, and a research plan for stage 2 by or before 13 September . The purpose of the plan is to outline the work to be undertaken, who will be asked what, when and why.

Research findings reports:

Stage 1:

We anticipate that the analysis of the projects and outputs will be delivered through one report, containing a section on each project/project output analysed,  and an overarching summary.

Each project/project output section will communicate the details of the analysis for the projects.

The report is anticipated to be a maximum of 15 pages along with a executive summary maximum length of an additional three pages.

The primary audience for the 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. All reports will be published under an open licence for anyone to see and comment on.

A draft of the report  should be submitted to the ODI for comments by 17 May 2019. Feedback from the ODI will be returned by 19 May 2019. A finalised versions of the report is to be submitted no later than 31 May 2019.

Stage 2:

We anticipate that the analysis of the projects and outputs in stage 2 will be delivered through one report, containing a section on each project/project output analysed and an overarching summary.

Each project/project output section will communicate the details of the analysis for the projects.

The report is anticipated to be a maximum of 60 pages along with a executive summary maximum length of 6 pages.

The primary audience for the 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. All reports will be published under an open licence for anyone to see and comment on.

A further summary report will provide a summary of analysis finding across the phase 1 analysis conducted in 2018 and the two stages of phase 2 analysis in 2019. This report will provide a programme wide summary of analysis findings. In particular the report should draw out overarching lessons from across the projects analysed.

A draft of the both the phase 2 report and summary report should be submitted to the ODI for comments by 9 December 2019. Feedback from the ODI will be returned by 13 December 2019. A finalised versions of the report is to be submitted no later than 20 December 2019, at the close of the contract.

Schedule of deliverables:

  • Research plan stage 1
    5pm(GMT) 22 April 2019
  • Draft report stage 1
    5pm(GMT)  20 June 2019
  • Final report stage 1
    5pm(GMT)  30 July 2019
  • Research plan stage 2
    5pm(GMT)  13 September 2019
  • Draft stage 2 report and summary report
    5pm(GMT)  9 December 2019
  • Final reports stage 2 report and summary report
    5pm(GMT)  20 December 2019

Activities

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 procurem[email protected] which includes:

  • the tender reference in the email subject line
  • a short (no more than 15 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.

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