Request for Tender: To evaluate the delivery of the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) by Westmeath Community Development April – Dec 2015
Westmeath Community Development (WCD) was formed in 1993 to access funding under the LEADER II programme in order to carry out a programme of rural development throughout County Westmeath. Since 1996 we have also delivered a range of social inclusion programmes.
In 2015 we were appointed for the SICAP programme in Westmeath, and this commenced on April 1st.
The aim of SICAP is to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion and equality through local, regional and national engagement and collaboration. Its vision is to improve the life chances and opportunities of those who are marginalised in society, living in poverty or in unemployment through community development approaches, targeted supports and interagency collaboration, where the values of equality and inclusion are promoted and human rights are respected.
We have built on our previous work and approach to deliver SICAP and further developed our work and achievements using some innovative approaches to achieve the objectives of the three goals of SICAP:
Goal 1 – Empowering Disadvantaged Communities - To support and resource disadvantaged communities and marginalised target groups to engage with relevant local and national stakeholders in identifying and addressing social exclusion and equality issues
Goal 2 – Lifelong Learning To support individuals/marginalised target groups experiencing educational disadvantage so they can participate fully, engage with & progress through lifelong learning opportunities through the use of community development approaches
Goal 3: To engage with marginalised target groups/individuals and residents of disadvantaged communities who are unemployed but who do not fall within mainstream employment service provision or who are referred to SICAP to move them closer to the labour market and improve their work readiness, and support them in accessing employment and self-employment and creating social enterprise opportunities.
A diverse range of engagement approaches are required to ensure that the programme prioritises marginalised individuals and groups from the most disadvantaged communities of Westmeath.
The target groups that WCD engaged with under SICAP are:
- Children & Families from Disadvantaged Areas
- Lone Parents
- New Communities (refugees/asylum seekers)
- People with disabilities
- New Communities
- Unemployed Individuals
- Youth unemployed
- Older People
The purpose of the evaluation
The objective of the evaluation is to independently review the performance of Westmeath Community Developments delivery of the 2015 Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme through quantitative and qualitative data. To evaluate the quality and effectiveness of the supports and services provided with respect to its objectives under the 3 goals of the programme and 12 subsequent actions.
Such data will be measured against the criteria set out by Pobal and Westmeath LCDC and will determine if Westmeath Community Development is meeting the targets expected, in addition, assessing and examining where and how our activities were underpinned by the three guiding principles; community development, equality and collaboration.
It will also focus on the qualitative aspects to our service under the 12 goals and our client’s experience of engagement with Westmeath Community Development.