Call for an Impact Review of CREST’s Performance

With its initial 3-year research portfolio drawing to a close, CREST seeks to commission an analysis of the impact of its activities and outputs.

We’re looking for an independent, evidence-based evaluation of our activities and achievements in the first three years of operation.

We seek to better understand and document what our researchers have achieved by tracing the journey of individual projects, from initial research co-design through to changes in awareness, understanding, practice, policy, training, or operational decisions.

While we do not anticipate the review being exhaustive, we do seek a review that covers different forms of research output, different forms of impact, and different kinds of success. To this end, bidders are encouraged to propose their own method for delivering an evaluation that gives the richest and most insightful account of what CREST has achieved.

They can expect to receive from CREST appropriate documentation (e.g., KPI tracking, reports from users) and face-to-face interview time with relevant team members and users. We will also work with you on all design work so that your review, which we anticipate being in the format of a series of case studies, can be released as a CREST-branded product.

The Invitation to 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:  Invitation to Tender: CREST Impact Review

Who can bid?

All commercial companies, charities, think tanks, research organisations and Higher Education Institutions who can demonstrate a capability to deliver a high-quality review are open to bid. Eligible applicants may only submit one proposal.

Funding and assessment

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 moving forward.

Track record of applicants

  • An outstanding track record of conducting reviews of this nature. This may be a field outside of security research.
  • A track record of successful project completion.

Value for money

  • Reasonable and fully justified costs for the specified project. Note, costings will be assessed on an individual basis for value for money and likely quality of the undertaken review. CREST will not simply select the cheapest bid for funding.
  • CREST reserves the right to not award the tender to any competing party when no tender meets the assessment criteria.


11 February 2019 – Call specification released
28 February 2019, 17:00GMT – Deadline for questions and queries
7 March 2019, 10:00GMT – Deadline for submitting bid
14 March 2019 – Successful bidder informed
1 July 2019 – Draft final report delivered
15 July 2019 – Final report delivered

Further information

Bidders must submit an electronic copy of their bid to by 10:00GMT on 7 March 2019.

If you have any questions not answered in the Invitation to Tender document or you require further information, please contact Nicola Ronan (Centre Manager) before the deadline for questions and queries at