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The Welsh Government has committed to provide working parents with 30 hours of free education and childcare a week for 3 and 4 year olds. This enhanced childcare offer is being rolled out from September 2017 in parts of seven local authorities across ...

Contract award notice

Results of the procurement procedure

Services

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Welsh Government
Corporate Procurement Services, Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 3000628864
E-mail:
NUTS code: UKL

Internet address(es):

Main address: http://wales.gov.uk/?skip=1&lang=en

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.sell2wales.gov.wales/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA0007

I.2)Joint procurement
The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions
I.5)Main activity
General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement
II.1.1)Title:

Evaluation of the Early Implementation of the Childcare Offer for Wales.

Reference number: C348/2016/17
II.1.2)Main CPV code
73110000
II.1.3)Type of contract
Services
II.1.4)Short description:

The Welsh Government has committed to provide working parents with 30 hours of free education and childcare a week for 3 and 4 year olds. This enhanced childcare offer is being rolled out from September 2017 in parts of seven local authorities across Wales: Flintshire, Anglesey, Gwynedd, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Swansea. Welsh Government are looking to procure an organisation to undertake a thorough evaluation of this first year of early implementation of the childcare offer across these 7 authorities; looking at both the process and the impact of the childcare offer. This evaluation would be primarily focused on process evaluation with a view to use it to inform the policy and delivery for later years and will involve research with parents and childcare providers.

II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.7)Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
Value excluding VAT: 244 816.00 GBP
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
73110000
73210000
79315000
79419000
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKL
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Welsh Government has committed to provide working parents with 30 hours of free education and childcare a week for 3 and 4 year olds. This enhanced childcare offer is being rolled out from September 2017 in parts of 7 local authorities across Wales: Flintshire, Anglesey, Gwynedd, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Swansea. Welsh Government are looking to procure an organisation to undertake a thorough evaluation of this first year of early implementation of the childcare offer across these 7 authorities; looking at both the process and the impact of the childcare offer. This evaluation would be primarily focused on process evaluation with a view to use it to inform the policy and delivery for later years and will involve research with parents and childcare providers.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Quality criterion - Name: Suitability of your methodology. Response should address how you propose to meet the aims and objectives/research questions and evidence the quality and appropriateness of the approach / Weighting: 25
Quality criterion - Name: Please provide details of the resource who will be taking forward this requirement. The response should provide staff roles and suitability of those staff for those roles / Weighting: 20
Quality criterion - Name: Please provide details of your understanding of the policy/research environment and need for the research / Weighting: 15
Quality criterion - Name: Please detail your understanding of, and ability to meet, project timetable and dependencies/risks, including meeting Welsh language requirements / Weighting: 10
Quality criterion - Name: Cost — as per the attached price schedule / Weighting: 30
Price - Weighting: 30
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: yes
Description of options:

Option to extend the contract for up to an additional 12 months.

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
Notice number in the OJ S: 2017/S 096-189288
IV.2.8)Information about termination of dynamic purchasing system
IV.2.9)Information about termination of call for competition in the form of a prior information notice

Section V: Award of contract

Contract No: C348/2016/2017
A contract/lot is awarded: yes
V.2)Award of contract
V.2.1)Date of conclusion of the contract:
08/08/2017
V.2.2)Information about tenders
Number of tenders received: 5
Number of tenders received from SMEs: 5
Number of tenders received from tenderers from other EU Member States: 0
Number of tenders received from tenderers from non-EU Member States: 0
Number of tenders received by electronic means: 5
The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: no
V.2.3)Name and address of the contractor
Arad Consulting Ltd
Enterprise House, 126/7 Bute Street, Cardiff Bay
Cardiff
CF10 5LE
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 2920440552
NUTS code: UKL
The contractor is an SME: yes
V.2.4)Information on value of the contract/lot (excluding VAT)
Total value of the contract/lot: 244 816.00 GBP
V.2.5)Information about subcontracting

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

E-Tender Information:

https://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk

- The first person from your Organisation to use the Platform will be required to register on behalf of the Organisation.

- Registration involves accepting a User Agreement, and providing basic information about your Organisation and about the User performing the Registration.

- The User who performs the Registration becomes the Super User for the Organisation.

- On registering on the Platform the Super User will select a Username and will receive a password.

- The Password will be sent by e-mail to the email address that was specified in the User Details section of the Registration page.

- In order to log-in to the Platform please enter your Username and Password.

- Note: If you forget your Password then visit the homepage and click ‘Forgot your password?’.

- Registration should only be performed once for each Organisation.

- If you think that someone in your Organisation may have already registered on this Platform then you must not register again.

- Please contact the person who Registered (i.e. the Super User) in order to arrange access to the Platform.

- Contact the Help-desk immediately if you are unable to contact the Super User (for example if they have left your Organisation).

- Note: If your Organisation is already registered on the Platform then you must not make any additional registration. Please contact the Help-desk to gain access to the Platform.

- Tenders must be uploaded to the BravoSolution portal by 14:00.

How to Find The ITT:

- Once logged in you must click on ‘ITT's Open to all Suppliers’.

- The etender references for this contract are: Project_35864 and ITT_61194.

- Click on the title to access summary details of the contract. If you are still interested in submitting a tender, click the ‘Express an Interest button’. This will move the ITT from the ‘Open to all Suppliers’ area to the ‘My ITT's’ on the home page.

- You will then see the full details of the ITT in the qualification and technical envelopes along with any relevant documents in the ‘Attachments’ area.

- Should you have any questions on the ITT, please use the ‘Messages’ area to contact the buyer directly - Please do not contact the named person at the top of this notice.

Note: The authority is using eTenderwales to carry out this procurement process. To obtain further information record your interest on Sell2Wales at http://www.sell2wales.gov.wales/search/search_switch.aspx?ID=64508

Under the terms of this contract the successful supplier(s) will be required to deliver Community Benefits in support of the authority's economic and social objectives. Accordingly, contract performance conditions may relate in particular to social and environmental considerations. The Community Benefits included in this contract are:

Information provided in tender documentation.

(WA Ref: 64508)

The buyer considers that this contract is suitable for consortia.

(WA Ref: 70276).

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Welsh Government
Corporate Procurement Services, Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 3000628864

Internet address:http://wales.gov.uk/?skip=1&lang=en

VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
16/08/2017