ENYAN South East Bridge Evaluator wanted for The ICE Project


1. Introduction 

This is the first year of a 3 year-long partnership project between Hampshire Cultural Trust (HCT) and Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Hampshire.

Better Life Chances is a team within Hampshire Cultural Trust that creates opportunities to help improve lives through cultural engagement, this project is part of their Younger People strategy.

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (run in Hampshire by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) CAMHS is the partner organisation, they are specialist mental health services for children and young people, this project is part of their prevention and innovation strategy.

2. Context 

HCT and CAMHS have been working together over the last couple of years on ad hoc work and pilot projects regarding young people, arts and mental health. This is their first major partnership with significant external investment. This is a co-investment with Artswork as a Bridge organisation and therefore evaluation would be shared nationally through the Bridge England Network and with Arts Council England.

There are three strands of the project; work with CAMHS service-users, work with groups identified as ‘at-risk’ of developing mental health issues and awareness-raising work with mainstream groups.

The first year of funding is confirmed and it is hoped that further funding will be secured for years 2 and 3 of the project. Robust research and evaluation will help to secure funding for years 2 and 3 as well as build the case for future work.

3. Aims of The ICE Project 

Our aims are:

 To raise awareness of the risk of young people’s suicide and self-harm & to increase young people’s understanding of the reasons why young people may self-harm or seek to end their life

 To reduce stigma around self-harm, suicide and mental health and encourage young people to seek help.

 To use arts & culture to promote positive mental health; raise their self confidence and self-esteem and inspire other young people

 To create an outlet for young people to creatively share their experiences and opinions

 To use art in its various forms to create a conversation that improves understanding, compassion, people’s views and knowledge of the subject.

 To give vulnerable and at-risk children and young people the chance to experience and participate in extraordinary arts and culture

4. Evaluation Brief 

This will be a fixed term contract for an experienced evaluator, preferably with relevant practice in the field of arts and health. They will work with the partners to establish the precise aims of the research evaluation and to ensure that benchmarking information is agreed from the start. They will develop the data collection methodology and work with the project partners to ensure that this methodology is robust in practice. They will meet with the partners to ensure that everyone understands the aims and data collection process.

5. Key Deliverables & Milestones 

- Set of bespoke tools for data collection to be used in project delivery

- Quantitative data, case studies and qualitative data

- Report

No. Milestone Detail Date
1 Introduction meeting Meet HCT and CAMHS representatives May 2017
2 Design data collection tools Relevant evaluation tools created June 2017
3 Set dates for visits and observations Set dates to observe and interview variety of groups, young people and stakeholders July 2017
4 Progress meeting Monitor and review progress October 2017
5 Return of completed forms All completed evaluation forms returned February 2018
6 Report submitted Final report complete March 2018


6. Fee 

The fee for this piece of work is £2,000 inclusive of VAT. Payment will be structured as follows:

- £500 upon receipt of contract

- £1250 at agreed mid-point

- £250 upon receipt of final report

7. How to respond 

Send a covering letter, a short proposal including your methodology and how many days you would allocate to the project as well as an up to date CV. Applicants will be interviewed against the criteria for the role, by representatives from HCT Better Life Chances and CAMHS.

Main contact: Charlotte Slinger, Cultural Engagement Manager, Hampshire Cultural Trust, 01962 678185 / [email protected]

Closing date for responses 12pm Friday 28 April 2017 

Interviews w/c 8 May 2017 

Evaluator selected and work begins w/c 15 May 2017 

Final report & end of contract End of March 2018