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Invitation to tender: We are inviting quotes for a Delphi-style consensus-building survey to be conducted online with 80 to 150 representatives of organisations with an interest in supporting vulnerable children.

This exercise aims to draw from our recent report Adverse childhood experiences: What we know, what we don't know, and what should happen next to gain consensus from our key audiences on evidence-informed priorities for taking the ACEs agenda forward. This exercise also seeks to identify areas where a lack of consensus remains on ACEs and the implications of the ACE evidence.

Bids should include evidence demonstrating:

  • expertise in designing and facilitating consensus-building exercises
  • familiarity with the ACEs evidence and related policy and practice
  • familiarity with the work of EIF and its recent ACEs report, in terms of its findings and recommendations
  • a summary of proposed methods, describing how they will meet the aims and objectives of the survey
  • the ability to deliver high-quality outputs to time and on budget, as demonstrated by relevant experience, a timetabled project plan, consideration of risk management and internal quality assurance plans.

We expect the outputs of the project to include:

  1. the design and completion of an online Delphi-style survey involving between 80 and 150 representatives from EIF’s key audiences
  2. a concise report summarising the key findings from the exercise.

The primary audience for this report will include the organisations participating in the exercise, as well as wider audiences with an interest in improving the lives of vulnerable children.

Download the full invitation to tender document

The core proposal should be costed between £60,000–£80,000 inclusive of VAT.

The deadline for bids is 5pm, Wednesday 12 August 2020. Please send your completed bid or any enquiries by email to Kirsten Asmussen.

There is much to be learnt from the digital creativity and experimentation which is happening across public services right now. To get around the lack of face-to-face contact, schools and family support services are experimenting with ways of engaging with families, including virtual delivery of services that families would previously have received face-to-face.

In the midst of the upheaval created by short-term delivery challenges, there is a real risk that crucial messages about what really made the difference, and lessons about what didn’t work, will be missed.

To assist, EIF is offering short-term, practical support to local areas who are looking to evaluate these types of services.

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What have you learned about effective ways to reduce parental conflict and improve outcomes for children?

We are collecting examples of how local areas are introducing change, adapting their strategies and changing the way they work. Now that the national Reducing Parental Conflict Programme is underway, we are interested in telling the stories of local places who are innovating, testing and learning about how to improve outcomes for children in their area by tackling damaging conflict between parents.

A selection of practice examples will be considered for sharing via our Reducing Parental Conflict Hub and Reducing Parental Conflict Commissioner Guide.

Submit your practice examples via our online form.

This form needs to be completed in one visit – we’ve listed the questions below, so that you can prepare before you start. If you would like a personalised link to the form, so that you can come and go as many times as you need to before submitting it, please email

You may submit details about something that you have done already, or something that you have plans in place to do.

The questions in the form ask about:

  • the problem you are trying to address
  • how you know this is a problem
  • the solution you are introducing
  • whether this solution is rooted in evidence
  • what steps are involved in implementing this solution
  • your intended results
  • how you are measuring progress against these outcomes.

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