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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Learning and Evaluation Oversight Group: grant funding - call for proposals

Grant funding for expert reviews to support Scotland’s response to, and recovery from, Covid-19.


Background

The Office of the Chief Social Policy Adviser (OCSPA) in the Scottish Government is seeking proposals to inform the work of the newly created Covid-19 Learning and Evaluation Oversight Group. We expect to provide grants to fund several projects of up to £30,000, by March 2022.

Policy background 

The coronavirus pandemic required substantial interventions at all levels of society, impacting on  our private lives, businesses and public services.

There is a large body of work examining Scotland’s pandemic response already underway. The upcoming Public Inquiry will focus on SG decision-making. Numerous evaluations of specific interventions have been carried out. Sectoral analyses are assessing the pandemic’s impact on public service delivery and different parts of the private sector. This work has informed the SG Covid Recovery Strategy, published in October 2021.

In November 2021, the First Minister gave final approval to convene a Covid-19 Learning and Evaluation Oversight Group. The Group will focus on the impacts and outcomes of interventions across multiple policy areas, in order to identify any cumulative learning that can be fed into the on-going Covid-19 response.

Purpose 

The purpose of this call is to provide grants to fund projects that will inform Scotland’s response to, and recovery from, Covid-19, as expressed in key policy documents and public statements. These expert reviews will also provide a sound foundation in informing the Covid-19 Learning and Evaluation Group’s work going forward.

The projects will synthesise or analyse existing research and data from academic and/or ‘grey’ literature in key areas of interest.

Ideally all projects will be completed by end of October 2022. The absolute and final cut off date for completion of all projects is end of December 2022.

We propose to fund up to eight projects, each costing between £20-30k and addressing one of the four themes listed below. Organisations will be able to submit proposals for a proportionately greater amount of grant funding for a larger proposal addressing more than one of these themes. For example, a proposal to address two themes might seek funding of at up to £60k. Selection of proposals will not however be based on the scale of the proposal (see assessment criteria).
 

Contact

The lead analyst within the Office of the Chief Social Policy Adviser is Tom Lamplugh. Please email Tom at  tom.lamplugh@gov.scot if you have any questions about the application process. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Learning and Evaluation Oversight Group

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