This research will consider how local authorities can measure the outcomes of planning in order to track and improve the impact of planning.
UPDATE: Invitation to Tender now published with deadline of 9am on 25th November 2019. Read the full ITT here. NB. A day after the original ITT was published we adjusted the budget and requirements to account for additional funding committed by the Irish government. The budget is now £95,000. Another small revision was made on 5th November to better reflect the role of the DHPLG. Any further revisions as well as (anonymised) questions from potential suppliers and our answers will be posted on this page so please do check before submitting.
The research will explore how local authorities and national Governments can go beyond simple metrics like speed of processing applications and number of homes delivered. This means assessing planning on the explicit aspirations of planners and politicians, in terms of placemaking and social, economic and environmental value.
It will go beyond principles to actually propose and test methods for measuring outcomes. It will also demonstrate how this information can be used to assess local and national performance.
The research will build on RTPI's previous work around the Value of Planning as well as the Scottish Government's 2018 report Monitoring the Outcomes of Planning.
The research is funded by RTPI along with:
- Major contributions from the Scottish and Irish Governments (the latter jointly with the Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR))
- Minor contributions from the Welsh Government and the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government in England.
We have now published the invitation to tender for this research. The deadline for proposals is Monday 25th November at 9am. We welcome bids from consortiums with a range of expertise and knowledge about different nations. For more information please email Tom Kenny at firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions and Answers
We invite potential suppliers to contact us with questions. All of these will be posted below (anonymously) alongside our answers.
Q: Can we base our approach on an existing social value toolkit?
A: We welcome any approach so long as it can be justified as useful and feasible ways to measure planning outcomes in all of the Nations the research focuses on (see also 2.5 of the ITT).
Q: What are the specific skills you are looking for in a consortium?
A: These are set out in 2.9 and 2.10. Particularly (1) the ability to produce the deliverables required, and (2) expertise on each of the planning systems the research focuses on.
Q: Why wouldn't this project focus on individual Nations if funding is coming from individual Nations and the planning systems are different in each?
A: While the research involves particular focuses on individual nations (including particular depth on Ireland and Scotland), we believe there is enough similarity between the systems to make a joint project worthwhile (See also 1.4 and 2.5 of the ITT). The RTPI exists to further the art and science of town planning in general and also to enable learning within and outside the UK.
Q: What is required for Northern Ireland?
When we refer to 'All Nations' in 2.5 of the ITT, this should be understood as including Northern Ireland. Therefore there is a requirement to scope planning outcomes in Northern Ireland and options for measuring them, but there is no requirement to develop a draft toolkit for Northern Ireland.
Q: What are your expectations for the proposal in terms of granularity of methods/ technicality number of words or pages? Is there a standard template?
There is no specific template or suggested length for bids though we advise you make sure to respond to each bullet point in 2.9 (Application process) and anticipate evaluation according to meeting the criteria set out in 2.10. We are looking for sufficient detail to convince us that your expertise and proposed methodology will enable you to deliver the project outcomes we are looking for. We understand further project planning and methodology development will go on after the successful bidder is selected, and in reaction to our inception meeting.
Q: Will it be possible to reallocate where funds are spent after the project has begun?
Obviously we expect suppliers to be as accurate as possible when writing bids, but if relatively minor changes to allocation are necessary we will approve this assuming there is a good reason for it.