Request for Tenders for Researcher on Homelessness in South Dublin

The Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) in partnership with The South Dublin Children and Young People’s Services Committee (CYPSC) seek to commission a researcher to explore the needs and priorities of children, young people and parents who are experiencing homelessness, and to develop appropriate responses. CDI invites expressions of interest from individual researchers, research organisations and third level institutions for this piece of work.

Background 

The Childhood Development Initiative (CDI), based in Tallaght, aims to improve children’s outcomes and break the cycle of child poverty where it is most deeply entrenched. CDI has designed, delivered and evaluated a suite of programmes related to language, literacy, health, early years, conflict management and community safety.  All CDI programmes are evidence-informed and manualised, and are delivered through existing structures and services. CDI is committed to working with children and families to identify emerging needs and issues that affect them and developing appropriate responses.

Homelessness and its impact on children’s development has emerged as an urgent issue for children and families in Ireland and South Dublin. According to Focus Ireland (2018) the number of children who are homeless has trebled in the last three years and the number of families increased by 170%. In a recent report by Quality Matters (2018), 400 families are estimated to be homeless in South Dublin alone.

To respond to this, the South Dublin CYPSC has established a sub-committee focusing on families in homelessness. This has led to a number of innovations to address some needs. However, there has been little meaningful engagement with the children and families themselves to identify needs, priorities and possible responses.

CDI, in partnership with the South Dublin CYPSC, wish to contract an experienced researcher to address this gap. The researcher will undertake effective engagement with children, young people and parents who are experiencing homelessness, review best practice, and lead the development and agreement of a South Dublin interagency action plan.

Consultancy Focus

The aim of this research is to develop an agreed Homelessness action plan for South Dublin based on meaningful consultation with children, young people and families, and a review of existing services and best practice.

Key Activities:

  • Design age-appropriate consultation tools for children, young people, parents and services, in line with consultation objectives;
  • Gain ethical approval from an appropriate body;
  • Identify and train a team of facilitators from relevant services and professionals on tools and approach;
  • Lead consultation with children, young people and parents in emergency/ homeless accommodation, and relevant service providers in South Dublin about their priority needs and what is working well;
  • Identify the range of formal and informal services available in the area and agree mechanisms for improved communication of and referral to these;
  • Carry out a desk-based best practice review and recommend mechanisms to enhance what is working and identify possible responses to unmet needs;
  • Lead the design and agreement of an interagency action plan for South Dublin including targets;
  • Develop draft and final report outlining the research process, research findings and actions agreed, taking into account South Dublin CYPSC and CDI feedback.

Expected Outputs:

  • Appropriate consultation methods and tools;
  • Completed consultation process with trained team of relevant services and professionals;
  • Completed mapping of relevant services in South Dublin;
  • A document detailing best practice review and recommendations;
  • An agreed South Dublin interagency action plan;
  • A final agreed report documenting the research process, findings and actions.

A full description is available here

Timeline and Budget:

The work will take place over a three month period, commencing September 2018, with the final report submitted by Dec 14th, 2019. 

The budget for this work is approximately €20,000.

Application Process:

Applicants should provide the following information to the address or email below by 5pm, Friday 31st of August 2018:-

  • Comprehensive CV, of the Principal Researcher(s) which includes reference to criteria 2 and 3 above;
  • Proposed methodology;
  • Total Costs (including daily rates) and detail of any other costs / expenses;
  • Anticipated number of days to complete the work;
  • Two recent professional referees; and
  • Proposed timelines.

If submitting electronically, please include the following in the email subject line ‘Tender Submission – Homelessness Research’.

Applicants will be notified if they have been shortlisted by Friday the 7th of September 2018 and interviews will take place in the week commencing the 10th of September 2018.

Queries and clarifications relating to the tender will be accepted in writing only.

Queries and completed applications (by 5pm, Friday 31st August 2018) to:

Holly McGann,

Childhood Development Initiative,

St Marks House,

Cookstown Lane,

Fettercairn, Tallaght,

Dublin 24.

Ph: 01 4940030

E: holly@twcdi.ie