The MEAM coalition is looking for an experienced and dedicated evaluation partner to work alongside us over the next five years. Our director, Oliver Hilbery, explains more:
People with multiple needs face a combination of problems including homelessness, substance misuse, contact with the criminal justice system and mental ill health. They fall through the gaps between services and systems, making it harder for them to address their problems and lead fulfilling lives.
Over recent years, we have piloted and developed the MEAM Approach, a framework that 15 local areas are now using to design and deliver better coordinated services for people with multiple needs. Separately to this, we also support the twelve Big Lottery Fund’s Fulfilling Lives partnerships, which are working on similar issues on a larger scale.
Thanks to new funding from the Big Lottery Fund, we are now expanding the MEAM Approach network to 25 areas and creating exciting new opportunities for data and learning to be shared across the MEAM Approach and Fulfilling Lives networks. Our findings will strengthen the legacy of both programmes and be used to improve outcomes for people with multiple needs across the country.
To help us meet these ambitions we are looking for an evaluation partner(s) to work closely alongside us, local areas and people with lived experience over the next five years. The successful partner will be a key part of our team; have a clear vision of how to build on our previous evaluation activities; and embody our commitments to coproduction, collaborative working, and the practical use of data and insight to create change at a local and national level.
The invitation to tender outlines in more detail what we are looking for. Please do help us spread the work to providers that may be interested in applying.