Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in partnership with the HSE Health Promotion and Improvement, HSE Dublin South East/Wicklow invites applications from candidates with relevant experience:

• To design and conduct an evaluative review of the Musical Memories choirs

• To produce a general evaluation template that can be used to review arts and health projects funded by the partnership in the future.

The Musical Memories choirs are for older people and are specifically welcoming to people affected by dementia and their family carers. They are led by a professional choral director and take place weekly in two community settings within Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County. The Musical Memories choirs are managed and funded by the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s/HSE Arts and Health Partnership and the Living Well with Dementia Project – Stillorgan/Blackrock. The partnership brings together knowledge of the arts, healthcare and in particular dementia.

The review of the Musial Memories choir/s and the evaluation template must be in line with the priorities identified in both the Healthy Ireland: A Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing 2013-2025 and the dlr Arts Development Policy 2011-2014.

The selected reviewer will be asked to:

• Identify, in conjunction with the partnership, the relevant stakeholders to the project and to carry out interviews and observations with them in August 2014 (to include choir participants, choral director and project partners). Data relating to the choirs’ progress to-date will be made available to the successful candidate as background material (not for inclusion in the review).

• Submit the findings in a document that the partnership may decide to publish. The purpose of this document is to describe through the stakeholders’ voices the ways in which this project has:

1) Recognised the social determinants of health and wellbeing which produce health inequality in this community, e.g. social isolation and mental health issues among older people with dementia in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County.
2) Served as a targeted and creative intervention for this ‘at risk’ grouping and therefore has been preventative in its nature.
3) Created a sustainable partnership and engagement with the larger community.
4) Maintained a clear artistic vision and standards of excellence which have impacted both on the quality of the work and on the health and well being of participants.

• Based on this experience the reviewer will create the general evaluation template for future projects funded by the partnership. The priorities set out in the Healthy Ireland Framework and the dlr Arts Development Policy 2011-2014 should be used to identify the central criteria against which projects will be reviewed.

The maximum amount available to the facilitator will be €1,900 (this amount is to be fully inclusive of fee, expenses, insurance and VAT. Please note that the appointed reviewer will be required to have Public Liability Insurance. Non-Vat registered service providers may be liable for Professional Services Withholding Tax). The successful applicant is liable for all tax within Ireland and internationally.

The review and template will be required to be fully completed by Tuesday the 30th of September 2014 at 12 pm.

Summary timeline
• Application deadline: Wednesday 9 July by 12pm.
• Potential applicants may be required to attend an interview
• Successful reviewer will be informed by: Wednesday 23 July
• Completion deadline: Tuesday 30 September by 5pm.

Selection criteria and marking
• Quality and relevance of previous work
(Marks will be awarded out of 70)
• Relevant expertise in the arts and health field.
(Marks will be awarded out of 30)

Please submit three hard copies (emailed applications will not be accepted) to include the following:
1. Cover letter specifying reasons for applying and highlighting previous relevant experience.
2. CV of person/s applying, including two referees.
3. Outline of methodology to be used.
4. A budget breakdown, indicating hourly/day rate.

Applicants are welcome to include supplementary information of relevant previous work in addition to the above requirements; one copy is sufficient for the panel. Please note that they will not be returned to the applicant. Applicants should ensure that they do not send any unique or irreplaceable material.

The deadline for receipt of applications to the Arts Office is 12pm on Wednesday 9 July 2014. 

Three Hard Copy applications should be sent to:

Róisín O’Grady, Arts Participation and Learning Assistant, The Arts Office, County Hall, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, to arrive by the deadline stated above.

Please refer any queries to Róisín O’Grady at E: rogrady@dlrcoco.ie or T:01-271 9532

Please note that Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in partnership with HSE Health Promotion and Improvement, HSE Dublin South East/Wicklow reserves the right not to appoint if none of the applications received are deemed to be suitable. In this instance Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in partnership with HSE Health Promotion and Improvement, HSE Dublin South East/Wicklow reserves the right to pursue a different procurement process.

All opportunities are subject to funding received.

Tax Clearance
The successful applicant will be required to provide a Tax Clearance Certificate if you or your business is likely to supply goods or services to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council exceeding €10,000 in a twelve month period.

The successful applicant agrees to keep the Council fully indemnified against all claims howsoever arising and howsoever caused in respect of any damage, loss or injury of any kind or nature, whether arising directly or indirectly from the provision by them of any services or activities and to provide evidence of Public Liability insurance which indemnifies Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council with a limit of indemnity of €6.5 million.

Freedom of Information
The provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1997-2003 apply to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Applicants should state if any of the information supplied by them is confidential or sensitive and should not be disclosed in response to a request for information under the aforementioned Act. Applicants should state why they consider the information to be confidential or commercially sensitive.


Sign up to our e-bulletin to keep up to date with the latest news and opportunities.