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







Help through Crisis Report update

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A month ago we launched our Help through Crisis Report and already there have been some exciting developments as a result. The report is part of a Big Lottery funded project which aims to represent the views and experiences of women in Nottinghamshire. The report analyses the findings from extensive consultations carried out with women into their experiences of using services when trying to address some of the complex issues they have faced. You can read the full report here.

Following the launch event Lilian Greenwood, MP for Nottingham South, asked a question in the House of Commons about women who are experiencing multiple disadvantage which is inadequately addressed by current service provision. Lilian also invited the Minister for Women and Equalities, Justine Greening, to visit Nottingham Women’s Centre and find out more about our work and the lives of the research contributors.

Lilian Greenwood

Click here to see the video of this question:

Another development concerns a new initiative led by NCVS in partnership with Opportunity Nottingham; the Practice Development Unit will encourage agencies across the city to share best practice about working with clients with complex needs. They had identified four areas to look at initially but following the launch event have now added Women’s Issues as a fifth area of work and identified our CEO Helen as a potential chair of the group.

In addition to this we are talking to local and national funders and commissioners about delivering women’s services differently. We have a series of conversations booked in for autumn and will give you updates on any future developments.

To share your views and to feedback on the report or for more information please contact us on