Independent Evaluators wanted for Help Through Crisis project

Nottingham Women’s Centre (NWC) requests proposals from suitably qualified organisations or individuals to undertake an independent evaluation of the Help Through Crisis (HTC) programme.


The Help through Crisis programme is funded by Big Lottery and aims to help people overcome immediate difficulties and be ready for opportunities and challenges ahead.

Together with several other partners, NWC will work to deliver the HTC programme in order to address hardship crisis that women experience. The programme started in August 2016 and will run for five years until July 2020.

The intended outcomes of the project are:

  • People who have experienced hardship crisis are better able to improve their circumstances.
  • People who are at high risk of experiencing hardship crisis are better able to plan for the future. Organisations are better able to support people to effectively tackle hardship through sharing learning and evidence.
  • Those experiencing, or who are at high risk of experiencing, hardship crisis, have a stronger, more collective, voice, to better shape a response to their issues

 Aim of this evaluation

We intend to engage an External evaluator who will sit alongside our organisation throughout the programme, contributing to the success of the project. We expect the Evaluator to contribute on an ongoing, regular basis, enabling the partnership to learn from its experiences and those of its beneficiaries, in order that the quality of provision and the impact achieved might be improved frequently and incrementally. We would expect engagements to be in the form of frequent and regular engagements, updates, commentaries and reports, followed by a final evaluation at the end of the programme.

 The aim of this evaluation is to assess the effectiveness and impact of HTC and identify good practice and learning. Key questions that we wish the evaluation to answer include:

  • To what extent have the four project outcomes been achieved?
  • What were the main contributory factors to the achievement of the outcomes?
  • Have there been any unexpected outcomes?
  • How has learning (for the project, partnership and sector) been captured and how has this learning informed the project during its lifetime?
  • What lessons and good practice have emerged that can inform future activity by the partnership and beyond?

For further information on methodology, reporting requirements, resources and timeline please download the application form below. All applications and supporting documents must be submitted by 30th October 2017. Interviews, if required, will be held in w/c 6th November 2017, applicants will be notified of the outcome shortly after.

NWC HTC evaluation brief and application 2







Our Response to the Woman’s Hour Survey


Last month BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour programme announced the results of a survey they had commissioned into the best place to be a woman in Great Britain. This was divided by age group and for middle-aged women, Nottingham was ranked as the worst Local Authority area in Great Britain. We were quite surprised by this result and took a closer look at the full report. The vast majority of the indicators used are generic, readily available national statistics that apply equally to men or women and do not tell us much beyond which areas are affluent and which are more deprived. This is why cities as a whole come out badly in the rankings and wealthier areas with affordable housing come out best.

Questionable inferences are made for each age group, e.g. that women ‘may prefer to live in areas with higher proportions of individuals in their age group’, that younger women ‘may prefer to live in an area where romantic prospects are high’, and that for middle-aged women ‘school quality plays a significant role’. We are fairly confident that men who are parents are equally concerned with schooling while for many women this is not even a factor on their radar. For older women, the proportion of those over 65 living alone seems to have been included as a negative factor, while we would argue that living longer and being able to stay in your own home should be seen as a positive state of affairs.

We’re disappointed that a programme like Woman’s Hour didn’t take into account some of the excellent women-specific aspects of our city. These include Nottinghamshire Police being the first force in the country to include and measure misogyny as a category for hate crime; Nottingham being a zero-tolerance city for FGM; and the vibrant women’s voluntary sector organisations and partnerships that are working hard on improving the lives of women in Nottinghamshire.

Maybe we should invite the programme-makers to visit Nottingham and find out for themselves, who’s up for that? Let us know what you think of the result.

Helen Voce, CEO Nottingham Women’s Centre