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Research “Promising Practices in Disability Services’ Response to COVID-19 pandemic”

EASPD is the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities. We are a European not-for-profit organisation and represent over 17,000 social service provider organisations across both Europe and disability. The main objective of EASPD is to promote equal opportunities for people with disabilities through effective and high-quality service systems.

Tender specification

EASPD is looking for a Researcher/Research team to produce a study on promising practices in disability services’ response to COVID-19 pandemic. 

Main elements of work

As part of its “Commit!” Work Programme 2020, EASPD is looking for a Researcher/Research team to team to produce a study on promising practices in disability services’ response to COVID-19 pandemic).
The study should focus on identifying promising practices from the actions taken by services for persons with disabilities to ensure the provision of care and support during the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular in the fields of care and support, community living, employment, education, early childhood intervention and arts and leisure. Promising practices can include the services themselves (new forms of services, adaptations to others, etc), support to staff who provide the services, partnerships with public authorities or other stakeholders, etc. 
The Research will include desktop research and a range of interviews with EASPD’s members in up to 34 countries to identify the promising practices, gather the data and present the information in an attractive format.

The Researcher/Research team is expected deliver: 

  • An Executive Summary of the overall research;
  • A report on the promising practices gathered;
  • A report identifying common factors which enable promising practices to take place​.

Deadline for application: 13th December 

Response to application: 15th December (approximately) 

Selected applicants are expected to take on the assignment as soon as possible and the deadline for the final report is to be discussed between the contractor and the applicant(s).

Expertise required

The researcher(s) will be expected to demonstrate: 

  • Proven experience in coordinating international research projects and collaborative work;
  • Solid academic and/or professional background with regards to the social service sectors;
  • Experience in data collection, analysis and presentation;
  • Wide network of contacts and entry-points for collecting data at national level in EU countries; the selected candidate should ensure the processing of national data in local language(s)
  • Experience of writing accessible reports for an NGO and/or EU/national organisation readership;
  • Excellent command of English (written and oral);
  • An operational approach to the integration of good management principles, including correct personal data management in line with the requirements of applicable data protection legislation;
  • Capability to work in the languages of the selected countries; 
  • Only candidates from EU Member States are eligible for participating in the tender. An operational approach to the integration of good management principles, including correct personal data management in line with the requirements of the GDPR. 
Selection and award criteria

The applicant(s) should submit the following documents until 13th December 2020; 23:59 CET

  • motivation letter describing your expertise and explaining why you are the right candidate(-s) for the assignment (not more than 1 page).
  • A technical proposal explaining how you plan to conduct the research, including a review of what has already been done, a proposed methodology, a work plan, resources needed, budget, etc. (not more than 2-3 pages).
  • CV, including the list of published articles, reports, studies if relevant.

Only selected candidates will be contacted.

Content of the bids

The tenderer will ensure that their bid clearly identifies how they meet the selection criteria. It would also be useful to see examples of previous work demonstrating their ability to write and present in English to a primarily NGO audience.

Payments and standard contract

Payment will be made on receipt of Draft Report and the Final Report, 40% and 60% respectively.  

Only validated draft and final reports will be accepted and fully compensated. 

The Contract will be drawn up between EASPD and the contractor. 


The estimated price is max. EUR 20,000, all taxes included. 

The contract will be awarded to the tenderer whose offer represents the best value for money, taking into account the quality of submitted document and individual expertise. The contract will only be awarded to a tenderer who clearly proves that they have knowledge, experience and expertise which match at least 70% of the selection criteria.  

Contact details

Please send bids to Thomas Bignal, Policy Advisor, European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD):