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Expression of interest welcome for evaluation

We are inviting organisations to express an interest in evaluating the Family by Family model and adaptation to the UK in Stoke-on-Trent.

Family by Family is a peer support model designed by families for families in South Australia to respond to the increasing number of children and families spiralling into crisis services.  Family by Family links a sharing family, who themselves have struggled and coming out the other end and are now thriving, with a seeking family who are currently struggling.

We are starting a programme to bring Family by Family to Stoke-on-Trent in partnership with the Department for Education Opportunity Area, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and TACSI, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation.


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Please read the full expression of interest document below for further information.

The selection of the successful respondent will be based on an expression of interest and will be determined by the respondent demonstrating:

  • An understanding of the Family by Family model, the children and families sector and project requirements
  • A proven track record of evaluating similar projects and collaborative working
  • A project plan with time line meeting the timescales outlined above, with a clear description of how the deliverables and milestones will be met
  • Commitment and the ability to work with Shared Lives Plus, TACSI and Stoke-on-Trent as partners in this project
  • A fee which offers value for money
  • Agreement that the ownership of the research, evaluation and other intellectual property produced as part of the involvement in this project remains with Shared Lives Plus Ltd.

Expressions of interest should include what applicants would produce for a total budget of £5,000 +VAT as well as what could be produced for a total budget of £10,000 +VAT.

Expressions of interest should be no longer than four A4 pages (10-point text). Please send to: Ali Miller, National Programme Manager for Family by Family by email to by 5pm on Tuesday 2 March 2021.

For any further information or clarification please contact Ali Miller at the email above or on 07525 234698.