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Victim Support Europe: Call for Tender - External Evaluation of Project 2Gether4Victims

Victim Support Europe is looking for a provider to develop a monitoring and evaluation plan and prepare an external evaluation of the European Commission co-funded project “2Gether4Victims - Coordinating and Harmonising Generic and Specialist Support Services for Victims of Gender-Based Violence”.

The project, which started in April 2023 and is running for 36 months, aims to provide an evidence-based analysis of how different types of victim support services, as set out in the Victims’ Rights Directive can collaborate in responding to the needs of victims of gender-based violence, in particular domestic violence. The project’s objectives can be summarised as follow:

  • Research and analyse the specific roles of generalist and specialist services in the provision of support to victims of gender-based violence, in particular domestic violence, as well as how can victim support services to those victims be provided in a gendered way;
  • Improve the provision of support services in a gendered way, primarily to victims of gender-based violence, in particular domestic violence, but also to other victims of crimes, by the development and implementation of an organisational self-assessment tool (OSA);
  • Improve the system of individual needs assessment for victims of gender-based violence, in particular domestic violence, by the development and implementation of an individual needs assessment tool (INA);
  • Improve capacity building of partner and non-partner organisations by the delivery of training and facilitating study visits.

Objectives of the evaluation
The evaluation framework and methodology will be fine-tuned in collaboration with the evaluators, including the evaluation questions and indicators. The project proposal suggested the following elements, which will be the starting factor for the determination of the final methodology:
- Effectiveness: Assess whether the funds from the European Commission contributed to the development and implementation of support services delivered in a gender way for victims of gender-based violence and domestic violence in particular.
o To what extent did 2Gether4Victims achieve its overall objectives?
o To what extent did 2Gether4Victims contribute to the improvement of victim support in the partner countries and abroad?
- Impact: Assess the changes resulting from the programme (positive/negative, direct/indirect, intended/unintended)
- Sustainability and replicability: assess whether the impacts achieved through the project are likely to be sustained after the current funding period and if they are replicable in other countries.

Quantitative indicators might look into:
- Number and type of generalist organisations committing to implement OSA tools
- Number and type of specialist organisations committing to implement OSA tools
- Number of EU countries represented in the implementation of the project
- Number and gender of persons benefiting from INA tools
- Number and gender of practitioners trained
- Number of EU Member States participating in capacity building activities
- Number, profile and gender of experts participating in capacity building activities
- Number of additional endorsement letters from non-partner organisations
- Number of people reached through the dissemination activities
- Number of people reached through podcasts
- Number of people reached through social media
- Number of people participating in the final conference in Brussels

Qualitative indicators might look into:
- Availability and quality of resources to facilitate OSA and INA
- Increased ability to provide gendered services to victims of GBV/DV
- Increased cooperation between generic and specialist victim support services
- Expanded understanding of support needs of victims of GBV/DV
- Tailored support is designed for victims of GBV/DV
- Victim satisfaction with support provided

Expected deliverables
Task 1: Fine tuning of the evaluation methodology and evaluation plan (1 January 2024): this shall include highlighting the key evaluation criteria, evaluation questions, and related indicators applicable to measure the effectiveness, impact and sustainability of the project. The Evaluator shall also mention all evaluation activities and related methods they intend to perform. The task will be considered completed upon approval of the Evaluation Plan by Victim Support Europe.
Task 2: Producing the draft evaluation report (1 January 2026): The Evaluator shall produce a first draft report outlining the key findings of the evaluation.
Task 3: Producing the final evaluation report (1 March 2026)

Eligibility criteria
The selected provider will need relevant subject knowledge and experience conducting justice-related programme evaluations. The tender is open to both natural and legal persons, and group of individuals.
Applicants must demonstrate that they have:
- Sound knowledge and understanding of EU-level decision-making processes and institutions
- Sound knowledge of EU-level policy areas in which VSE is active (
- Understanding of gender related topic and victimisation
Applicants must have excellent knowledge of the English language.

The maximum contract price is EUR 8.000 including fees and VAT. Payment schedule will be agreed to correspond with the timing of the deliverables.
Prices should include all costs including travel costs to execute tasks of the contract.
Prices must be fixed amounts in Euro and will not be subject to revision.
The amount of VAT should be shown separately on the invoice.
Costs incurred in preparing and submitting tenders are borne by the tenderers and cannot be reimbursed.

To be considered for this service, tenderers with the required profile shall submit the following documents:
- Tender submission (max 3 pages), including:
o name and contact information of the tenderer
o proposed methodology and approach
o breakdown of costs explaining the quoted total price
- CV(s) of the evaluator(s)
- 2 references with full contact details
- Relevant examples of evaluation work performed as appropriate.
The selection procedure will be based on the principles of equal treatment, fairness and transparency and on expertise (75%) and price (25%).
All applicants will receive acknowledgement of receipt of their tender and will be informed of the outcomes of the selection process. VSE is not obliged to provide reasons for its decision to shortlist; VSE has the right to accept or reject any particular tender.
The offer needs to be submitted electronically in English by 30 June 2023, at

Background information
About Victim Support Europe
Victim Support Europe (VSE) is the leading European umbrella organisation that advocates on behalf of all victims of crime, no matter what the crime, no matter who the victim.
Since its foundation in 1990, VSE has worked on behalf of all European – and global – victims to ensure their rights and services, whether they have reported a crime or not.

VSE represents 70+ national member organisations, providing support and information services to more than 2 million people affected by crime every year in 35 countries.
We work through advocacy to achieve our mission of improving European and international laws related to victims’ rights, using research, knowledge development, and capacity building at the national and local level.

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