Invitation to tender: creation of case studies

Closing date for applications

We are seeking to commission the creation of a series of small-scale case studies showcasing community social work in Scotland.  
If you have research, organisational and communication skills with a creative edge, we’d love to hear from you. We particularly welcome interest from people with a knowledge of community social work, community development or community education.

What the project is about

Through this project, we are hoping to to show what community social work looks like, involves, and what it is able to achieve. Further information about the project.

The case studies will be grounded in real life context and experience, with the ambition of: 

  • celebrating achievements
  • sharing good practice
  • increasing understanding of what community social work is, and what it has to offer to help influence future policy and practice 

Diverse case study sites will be selected by the Project Advisory Group in mid-October.

What we want you to do

We are looking for someone to produce creative case studies or stories focusing on the sites selected. Each case study should work as a stand-alone story told using methods most appropriate to the community concerned, and so may include photographs, video or audio.  The case studies will be produced under the guidance of the Iriss Project Manager and will go on to form part of an engaging multi-media resource on community social work.  

The successful contractor will:

  • Schedule and manage meetings or other interactions for assigned case studies /stories
  • Gather primary data from the study sites using interviews and appropriate creative methods that support the creation of a multi-media resource
  • Integrate relevant secondary materials or existing resources as helpful e.g. evaluation report findings 
  • Present the findings from primary and secondary research as engaging and accessible case studies/stories


The contractor may be home-based but it is likely they will need to visit the case study sites, attend Advisory Group meeting in Glasgow and visit the Iriss office. The sites are yet to be identified but are likely to be across Scotland.


The total budget available for this piece of work is up to £5,250 to include any VAT. Reasonable travel expenses to attend Project Advisory Group meetings and case study sites will be paid by prior agreement with the Project Manager.

Time frame

It is anticipated that the work will require a minimum input of 35 days. 

Work is expected to begin in November 2017.

Final drafts of all case studies are required by 16 February 2018.

Expressions of interest

In order to be considered for this work, please provide a short proposal on how you will address the project, to include:

  • proposed methodology and the value of your approach, taking into account the requirements specified 
  • proposed timetable with milestones (please note key dates above)
  • details of who will deliver this piece of work and which elements, together with their CVs
  • budget breakdown
  • examples of previous work

All proposals to be submitted to Maddy Ross ( by 5pm on Friday 20/10/2017. We estimate that the contract will be awarded in week commencing 30/10/17.

Should you require any further information please contact Maddy Ross by email. Please include any questions in the email where possible. We may be able to arrange a conversation with the project lead if appropriate.

Depending on the sites chosen, you may be subject to a basic disclosure.