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The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Thames Valley is looking to commission a service provider to design, develop and deliver a suitable impact evaluation model of the RESTART Thames Valley project. 


The Restart pilot model was designed to help reduce reoffending of prisoners being released into the Thames Valley, a gap in terms of support and engagement for an identified cohort having been identified. The key element linked to breaking the cycle of reoffending was providing support to prisoners prior to and post-release from prison. The model was aimed at individuals not subject to Integrated Offender Management or Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements but who were nevertheless characterised by recidivism resulting in repeat prison sentences.

The initial pilot ran from May 2022 to end of April 2023 funded by the Ministry of Justice, and the Executive Board agreed in January 2023 to extend the pilot for a further 12 months (to end of April 2024), jointly funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) and the Director of Probation, South Central. This arrangement was further extended to enable delivery to continue until the end of October 2024 with a clear understanding that delivery will come to an end then. Plans are being developed to manage the ending of this intervention.

Further background details on RESTART Thames Valley can be found in Appendix 1 of the Invitation to Quote (ITQ) document, below.


The successful bidder will be required to work with the OPCC in order to design, develop and deliver a suitable impact evaluation model. As part of their work, they will need to engage with and deliver pre-briefings to a range wide of stakeholders including roles from senior leaders to practitioners.

The successful bidder will be expected to provide regular updates to the OPCC lead and engage in monthly oversight meetings with the OPCC during the course of the evaluation. The proposed key milestones are set out below:

1Agree evaluation framework and research questionsWithin 6 weeks of award
2Oversight meetings with OPCCMonthly from award
3Scoping phase and engagement with key stakeholdersTo be agreed with the successful bidder
4Analysis of findingsTo be agreed with the successful bidder
5Interim report for feedbackTBC
6Final report3 months after milestone 5
7Communication of findings3 months after milestone 5

The length of the contract term is for 12 months with a value of up to £45,000.

To apply

Further information can be found on the Cabinet Office site Find A Grant:

To apply, please download the full documentation and application details:

Closing date: 7 August 2024, 12:00 (noon)

ITQ Quote timetable

  • 2.2 Date of Issue of ITQ to all Bidders – 05/07/2024
  • 2.3 Latest date/time ITQ clarification questions should be received – 19/07/2024
  • 2.4 Latest date/time ITQ clarification answers should be sent to all potential Bidders by the Buyer – 24/07/2024
  • 2.5 Latest date/time ITQ Bid shall be received – 07/08/2024
  • 2.6 Anticipated Award Notification Date – 21/08/2024
  • 2.7 Anticipated Call Off Contract Start Date – 04/09/2024
  • 2.8 Anticipated Call Off Contract End Date – 05/09/2024
  • Bid Validity Period – 90 days from the date specified in 2.5 (above)