Digital Innovation Partnership Summative Evaluation: Sunderland Software City

Sunderland Software City is seeking proposals for a summative evaluation of their ERDF funded Digital Innovation Partnership project. Deadline for applications is Friday 9th December 2022. 

Tender Overview 

You are invited to submit a quotation for the development and supply of a Summative Evaluation for the Sunderland Software City (SSC) ERDF funded Digital Innovation Partnership project. The aim of this evaluation will be to provide a report of project performance, evidence of the effectiveness and impact of support given to SMEs throughout the project, as well as value for money and insights into project management and delivery of support to SMEs. 


 The Initiative 

Sunderland Software City (SSC) is a publicly funded, privately led initiative which has the remit of encouraging economic development through the provision of support to North East based SMEs. SSC are delivery partners in the Digital Innovation Partnership project which is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), managed by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC). 

By supporting SMEs to start and grow, the North East can build on its reputation as a home to innovation and provide career opportunities for current and future generations. SSC aims to ensure that the software sector in this region has the right facilities, the right business support, the right connections and crucially the world class workforce it needs to compete on a global stage. 

Key Requirement 

The Digital Innovation Partnership project will end on the 31st July 2023 and a final summative evaluation report must be delivered prior to the end of the project.   

This report should assess the current and potential impact and comment on the performance of the initiative against its milestones and the specifics within each partners funding contract. As a minimum, it should cover: 

  • The overall performance of the project against milestones and targets set, and its contribution to the region’s economic development. 
  • An assessment of the impact of the project as well as relevance and consistency of the project since its commencement in October 2018. 
  • Understanding if the services offered have met the needs of regional businesses, with suggestions for future improvement. 
  • An understanding of the delivery and management of the project, including implementation and ongoing management. 
  • An assessment of value for money. 

It is vital at that this summative report is planned and delivered within the Project Summative Assessment Guidance provided by ERDF. 

Next Steps 

We are inviting organisations and consultants to submit a quotation including VAT and expenses. 

The following scoring criteria will be used to evaluate bids: 

Criteria Weighting %
Understanding of project requirements and experience of delivering similar evaluations 35%
Proposed methodology and design of service 40%
Relevant experience of staff to be involved in the project 10%
Value for money 15%


Work carried out during tender response development is at the discretion of the individual organisation and no reimbursement is available for said work.  

Quotations shall remain valid for a period of 90 days. 

Sunderland Software City does not bind itself to accept the lowest or any quotation and reserves the right to accept a portion of any quotation unless the supplier expressly stipulates otherwise in their quotation.  

The value of this contract will exceed no more than £10,000 (plus VAT) for delivery from December 2022 to May 2023. 

Electronic versions of the proposal must be emailed to Laura Kennedy at no later than 5pm on Friday 9th December 2022. 

Any queries on the tender should be directed to Laura Kennedy at