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Invitation to Tender for Research Project

Published: February 1, 2024

Issue Date: 02/02/2024
Commissioning Body: Waterford Sports Partnership (WSP) on behalf of the Physical Activity for People with Chronic Conditions (PACC) initiative
Tender Title: Learning and Development Consultancy in Support of Waterford Community-based Information and Signposting Pilot Initiative (an initiative of PACC designed to increase the participation of people living well with chronic conditions in community-based physical activity programmes)

Waterford Sports Partnership, on behalf of the PACC initiative, invites submissions from suitably experienced individuals, agencies or multi-disciplinary teams to facilitate a learning and development process that will include elements of research, facilitation and evaluation.

Physical Activity for People with Chronic Conditions (PACC)
The PACC initiative involves a multi-stakeholder collaboration that was initiated in 2021 by the Carlow, Waterford and Westmeath Sports Partnerships with initial funding secured under the 2020 Dormant Accounts Innovation Fund, managed by Sport Ireland.  Key stakeholders involved in the strategic direction and oversight of PACC are the aforementioned Local Sports Partnerships, the HSE and Higher Education Institutions, specifically the South East Technological University (SETU), Carlow and Waterford and the Technological University of the Shannon (TÚS) in Athlone.  The PACC core stakeholders aspire to an Ireland in which people with chronic conditions have equal opportunity to access regular, appropriate, supported  and high quality physical activity in accordance with their needs and interests.  Consequently, PACC has set out to understand and address systemic barriers to the participation of people with chronic conditions in physical activity through the creation of a replicable, multisectoral, evidence-informed, collaborative initiative that generates learning and builds on evidenced practice.

Community-based Information and Signposting Towards Physical Activity:
Overview of Project

Community-based Information and Signposting Towards Physical Activity is a pilot project of PACC. The project is premised on the understanding that ongoing effective information flow is as an important vehicle in promoting partnership between health and exercise professionals, and is critical in building the confidence and capacity of people living with chronic conditions to participate in community-based physical activity programme.

Consequently, the pilot project set out to develop a formalised engagement process between healthcare professionals, social prescribers and community-based physical activity providers, and to test that engagement in Waterford city and county.  The project works towards the following outcomes:

  • increased information-flow, linkage and collaboration between Waterford Sports Partnership and i) Waterford Social Prescribing Service  and ii) Waterford Chronic Disease Hub;
  • people living well with chronic conditions in Waterford city and county have i) increased knowledge of community-based physical activity opportunities and ii) increased confidence to participate in community-based programmes; and
  • increased participation of people living well with chronic conditions in the programmes of WSP.

In the longer term, the project is also working towards the establishment of an evidence-informed, collaborative, community-based information and signposting process that, via evaluation, will be identified as an innovative and replicable good practice model in contributing to the participation of people with chronic conditions in physical activity.

The project is delivered by a multi-stakeholder working group, comprising representatives of Waterford Sports Partnership; HSE Chronic Disease Hub, Waterford; HSE Healthy Eating and Active Living Programme; HSE Self Help Management, CHO5; Technological University of the Shannon (TÚS) and the Waterford Social Prescribing Service (City and County). The group is supported by the PACC Programme Facilitator.

Consultancy
The Pilot Project Working Group finds itself at an important juncture at the beginning of 2024. There is a strong commitment within the Working Group to the independent evaluation of its work, particularly in terms of its impact on the participation of people living well with chronic conditions in community-based exercise programmes of WSP. And there is an equally strong commitment to capturing learning from programme implementation that will have value to similar efforts that are evolving, and will continue to evolve, in other communities.

However, there is also a shared recognition within the Working Group that more needs to be done to strengthen the delivery and impact of the project  in Waterford.  The Group recognises that, to date, it has developed its own approach to information-sharing and signposting. In other words, it has ploughed its own furrow without reference to other models in operation or without reference to national/international evidence of what works in this space.

The Pilot Project Working Group therefore not only wants to access external expertise to conduct independent evaluation, it also wishes to access expertise that will facilitate all stakeholders in this initiative to  work strategically towards improved signposting, improved participation of people with chronic conditions and an impactful model for dissemination and replication.

A full Terms of Reference for the consultancy is provided HERE

Tender Closing Date: 5p.m. on Monday 26th February, 2024.

Contact details for applicants: 
Any queries relating to the proposed consultancy should be directed by email to Neil Haran, PACC Facilitator and operating on behalf of Waterford Sports Partnership at njharan1968@gmail.com. Closing date for receipt of queries will be 5pm on Wednesday 21st February 2024.

Contact details for tender submission: 
Completed tender documents should be submitted electronically by 5pm on Monday 26th February, 2024 to Rosarie Kealy, Coordinator, Waterford Sports Partnership at rkealy@waterfordsportspartnership.ie. Please mark Tender Submission: Learning and Development Consultancy in Support of Waterford Community-based Information and Signposting Pilot Initiative in the subject line.


Article Modified: February 01, 2024 1:00 pm

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