Call for an Independent review of CREST’s performance

Invitation to Tender independent review

Approaching its second year since launch, the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats seeks to commission an independent review of the Centre’s activities and outputs.

We’re looking for an independent, evidence-based evaluation of our activities and achievements in the first two years of operation. Bidders are encouraged to propose their own metrics and methodology for completing the evaluation effectively. They can expect to receive appropriate documentation (e.g., KPI tracking), and face-to-face interview time with relevant Centre members.

The primary outcome from this review will be an evidence-based assessment of the extent to which CREST has achieved the objectives set out in its mission statement (see Annex A in the tender document). The assessment should evaluate what CREST has achieved and highlight issues and opportunities for the Centre’s future.

The tender document outlines the scope of the review sought and the process by which interested parties should bid to undertake the review. It can be downloaded here.

Who can bid?

All commercial companies, charities, research organisations, and Higher Education Institutions who can demonstrate a capability to deliver a high quality and appropriately evidenced review are eligible to bid.

Funding and assessment

CREST anticipates making up to £20,000 available for the completion of this review.

Bids will be assessed by three members of CREST’s leadership team on the following equally weighted criteria:

  • Quality of proposal
  • Demonstrated fit to the remit of the required review
  • Clear work plan with realistic, achievable deliverables
  • Likely value of the review to CREST and stakeholders moving forward
  • Track record of applicants
  • An outstanding track record of conducting and delivering reviews of this nature. This may be fields outside of security research
  • A track record of successful project completion
  • Value for money.


12 April 2017 – Call specification released
11 May 2017, 17:00GMT – Deadline for questions and queries
25 May 2017 10:00GMT – Deadline for submitting bid
1 June 2017 – Successful bidder informed
31 August 2017 – Report delivered

Further information

Bidders must submit an electronic copy of their bid to by 10:00GMT on 25 May 2017.

If you have any questions or you require further information please contact Nicola Ronan (Centre Manager) before the deadline for questions and queries at

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