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Buying Organisation UK SHARED BUSINESS SERVICES LIMITED
Opportunity Type Private Sector
Opportunity Method Early Engagement
Notice Type Notice
Nature of Opportunity Works
Contract Description:

Supplier event for UKRI Sciencewise programme management contract UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)'s public engagement team will be holding a supplier event for the management of the Sciencewise public dialogue programme.

We will discuss:
• the aims of the programme
• objectives of the programme management contract and details of the three different work packages
• what we are looking for in a supplier

We will also hold a question and answer session.

About the Sciencewise programme

The Sciencewise programme is a public sector leader in participatory deliberative engagement, bringing public values and views into policy, priorities, and plans on areas of science and technology. In doing so, the programme through its dialogue projects have:

• explored public understanding of, and support for, science and technology, and
• supported the public to discuss uncertainty and complexity and,
• deliberate on, for instance, what constitutes equity, fairness, openness and transparency.


Since 2004 we have supported over 60 participatory public dialogue projects in topics ranging from artificial intelligence and data, genomics, to clean growth and the future of food production, and have developed a strong reputation for innovation, inclusivity, and impact.

UK Research and Innovation is seeking a supplier to manage its flagship public dialogue programme Sciencewise. The value of the contract for the management of the Sciencewise programme will be £220,000 / year exclusive of VAT and we will initially award the successful supplier a two year contract.

About the potential supplier

The supplier should have an ambition to:
• build on Sciencewise's achievements
• engage with potential public dialogue co-sponsors across UKRI, research councils, and government, to identify opportunities for meaningful, inclusive engagement between the public and the worlds of scientific research and government policy.

Project identification and dissemination of learning are major components, as is working closely with UKRI over programme strategy, methods and impact. The organisation in this role also coordinates and quality assures the public dialogue projects and evaluation work being undertaken by the commissioned contractor.

We particularly welcome interest from organisations who might not have a public dialogue background. These organisations could partner with others to build on past successes and address areas needing improvement as identified in a recent independent review of the programme undertaken by the School of International Futures https://sciencewise.org.uk/2020/11/2020-sciencewise-review-published/

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Response Deadline 16-12-20 00:00