Sandford Cascade Project – Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund East Midlands


The Sandford Cascade Project is a new and innovative East Midlands based project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to encourage confidence within heritage learning so that more sites and collections apply for the prestigious Sandford Award.  The Sandford Cascade project aims to encourage further development within heritage learning so that more sites and collections apply for the Sandford Award. An aspiring site will be placed with a Sandford Award winner and support and capacity will be added through training, volunteer involvement, student placements and a range of user-friendly e-learning applications.  We intend to ‘match’ up to 98 ‘Advancer’ sites with 15 ‘Supporter’ sites, with 50% of Advancers applying for a Sandford Award by year 4 of the project.

A major element of the project is the Sandford Award for Informal Learning, where sites and collections will be able to apply based on the engagement and participation of new learning audiences.

Further, the project will develop and utilise a range of e-learning materials in order to electronically curate the learning and activities generated by the project.

The four year project is already underway, and is based at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln; an impressive number of sites and collections are engaged and project activity is gaining momentum within the sector.

Evaluation is a critical part of the project, and the Heritage Lottery Fund have approved the contracting of an external evaluator to inform the success and continuous improvement of the project.

Evaluation Element

In order to track success and improvement, an external evaluator is required to:

 Work closely with the project team, namely the Sandford Cascade Co-ordinator and Learning Officer who directly engage with staff and volunteers at sites involved in the project;

 Develop a sustainable system to ensure all elements of the project are effectively evaluated (by a combination of site visits, desk-based review of data collated by participants and interviews conducted via Skype, e-mail and telephone);

 Develop a range of qualitative and quantitative tools to evaluate against project outcomes;

 Devise a method to gauge participant feedback and its collation.

 Input into annual reports;

 Analyse evaluation results for year-end reports;

 Produce an evaluation report for the HLF at the end of the project.

Tender Requirements

 Working knowledge of the heritage learning sector;

 Understanding of the Sandford Awards;

 Knowledge of the Inspiring Learning for All framework;

 Experience of compiling evaluation reports based on HLF guidelines;

 Outline project proposal and outline budget;

 2 references


The total budget for this contract is £7,000 (this figure is exclusive of VAT and inclusive of travel expenses).

Submissions and expressions of interest should be made to Rachel Bryant (Sandford Cascade Co-ordinator):  by midday on Friday 5th February.

Submissions will be considered by the Sandford Cascade Project Steering Group.