Invitation to tender - Bramley Food Environment Research Project

Barca-Leeds is commissioning a research project looking into tackling childhood obesity as a member organisation of Bramley Our Place Partnership. Please see the information below.

Tackling childhood obesity is a priority for the Bramley Our Place Partnership of which Barca-Leeds is a member organisation. In June 2019 the partnership convened a childhood obesity workshop in order to:
o   Review the issues and causes of childhood obesity in the area
o   Consider area based local intelligence
o   Discuss potential solutions
o   Raise awareness across the partnership about the issues and current activity on obesity in the area

Following on from this workshop it was agreed to take further steps to identify the food environment that exists locally for the Bramley community. In particular the context of local food businesses will be examined via this research project.

Purpose of research and outputs
The research is required to undertake consultation with food businesses in the area in order to determine:
o   Their understanding of customer choices
o   What they already do to enable healthy choices
o   What changes they will consider
o   What would influence them to change their offer (eg incentives)
o   How acceptable different options or choices would be to their business   
This will require

o   Interviews with local businesses that have a core food offer relating to the above issues (eg fish and chip shops)
o   A survey across a wider network of businesses in the area that have a secondary food offer such as confectionery (eg petrol stations, pound-stretcher, etc)

The findings will be in the form of a written report that analyses the responses to the consultation and the survey to present an overview of the responses and recommendations for action. It will also contain the evidence base of the responses in an annex to the report and three descriptive case studies of different businesses to illustrate the key findings.

This work will supplement a Leeds City Council public health community consultation with local residents to understand consumer needs, attitudes and purchasing behaviours.  A draft copy of the findings will be agreed by the Bramley Our Place partnership and Leeds City Council Public Health Team in order to form an action plan resulting from the report’s findings.  

Required outcomes
o   Understand local purchasing behaviours of individual customers and potential drivers for change
o   Food behaviours of local consumers including any insights into differences for children, young people, parents, single adults and also different genders
o   Provide indications of how change might be perceived and responded to for consumers
o   Insight into the local food environment including negative and positive driving factors in physical environment
o   Understand the factors driving business behaviours (eg product placement or wholesale purchasing)
o   How food businesses understand their role in relation to food and enabling healthier choices and how they perceive change  

No more than £5,000 subject to discussion of the successful bidder’s methodology.   

Timescales & process:  We require this work to be completed as soon as feasible, please advise of your availability to start and complete the work as part of your application. Researcher to draft research plan and questions for project team nominated contact to review and sign off for the above.
Research conducted with monitoring process in place (i.e. weekly check in with project team nominated contact to track progress and provide support, etc) ·   

Report presented
Context & good practice toolkit:     

Link to the Public Health England (PHE) Out of Home Eating Toolkit:    

Information & data availability:   

The researcher will work closely with the nominated contact of Bramley Our Place partnership who will provide advice, support and access to the source materials including:

o   the defined area of Bramley to be considered in the research (this will be Bramley political ward and food businesses that serve the population in this area)
o   the 25 – 30 businesses with a core food offer in the area and the businesses with a secondary food offer
o   good practice programmes used elsewhere to drive change and change behaviours (see PHE toolkit referenced above)  

o   final sign off of the research questions and methodology
o   coordination with the consumer consultation work  

How to apply:
  Send an expression of interest covering the following in your application submission:   ·         Your suitability and relevant experience of similar work ·

An example of a similar project / report completed by you (via a sample document or on-line link)
An outline plan for the work including how many days of activity you expect to put in, the cost and a broad outline of the expected contents of the written report and your availability to start and complete the work

Submissions should be made electronically to ( ) no later than 9am on Monday 10th February.

If you would like an informal conversation please contact Health Improvement Specialist (Food and Nutrition) Emma Strachan at Leeds City Council on 0113 3786064 .

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview taking place on Friday 14th February.   

Barca-Leeds is acting on behalf of the Bramley Our Place partnership to lead on this research commission   Barca-Leeds is a community based charity limited by company guarantee. We are an organisation that delivers transformational services to adults, children, young people and families in Leeds, bringing people and services together to better respond to the needs of each individual.  

 We work with a range of partner organisations, both voluntary and statutory, to deliver a community offer which reduces social isolation and supports people to develop their own initiatives to achieve independence. Through our work we engage with communities and individuals in order to improve their social and economic wellbeing. We support people to unlock the barriers they face that prevent them from achieving their potential.

We enable people to aspire to positive futures by delivering advice, support and guidance to improve wellbeing at a community and individual level.

This includes those who may be excluded from other services that have multiple and complex needs. We support people struggling with housing issues, finances, physical health and their mental well-being. We work with children, young people and adults affected by domestic abuse or drug and alcohol issues. We also enable people to access employment and education opportunities.

We recognise that within communities, families and individuals there are considerable strengths and experiences and we firmly believe in our asset based approach and work with people to co-produce solutions that respond to their needs.   At a strategic level we seek to influence local, national and international policy development. We are active members of Locality and its network of international partners. This enables us to share good practice across the UK, Europe and the rest of the world whilst learning from others.  

Our Vision: Barca’s vision is: ‘A Fair Society’. This means that our ultimate purpose is to make a long term sustainable difference, by empowering people to aspire to, and to achieve independent, fulfilling lives. We take the learning and experiences of the people we work with, share their stories with commissioners and policy makers, in order to influence and shape future changes in policy and services. 

Our Mission: Our mission is to care, listen and respond to the needs of people in our communities, and work with them to deliver outstanding services to improve their well