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Invitation to tender: Evaluation of Reading Schools 2023/24

The deadline for this opportunity has now passed. This page is for information only.

Scottish Book Trust invites tenders for an evaluation of the Reading Schools programme.

The evaluation will assess what impact, if any, taking part in Reading Schools had on learners, learning professionals and schools and whether there were significant differences in impact for differing contexts and demographic groups. It will also detail which elements of the programme worked well, and make recommendations for improvements.

The final report will be required by September 2024.

The budget available for this evaluation, including VAT and any expenses, is no more than £20,000.

The deadline for tenders is Friday 19 January 2024 at 12noon.

Evaluation aims and questions

The aim of this evaluation is to assess the impact of the Reading Schools programme and gather learning for programme improvement.

The audience for this evaluation will include Scottish Book Trust, Scottish Government, local authorities, schools and learning professionals. 

The questions the evaluation should answer are:

Context and background

The broad aim of Reading Schools is to help schools to build and sustain a positive reading culture and for learners to develop a love of reading. A theory of change with more detailed outcomes has been developed for the programme and this will be shared with the appointee. 

While the evaluation should assess progress against the intended outcomes, it should also be designed in such a way as to capture unintended outcomes. It should also gather process evidence which can be used to inform decisions about the development of the programme.

Scottish Book Trust are administrating ongoing surveys on impact and process so this evaluation should look at other ways to find answers. This might be through workshops, working more closely with a number of selected schools, or other ways to discover more detailed insights into particular impacts of the project.

There is more information about the programme, including the accreditation framework under which schools are assessed, at www.readingschools.scot(this link will open in a new window)

The work

Scottish Book Trust wishes to engage an individual or organisation to undertake this evaluation. The work will involve:

Scottish Book Trust are keen that a reporting structure be put in place that allows emerging findings from the evaluation to feed into programme development throughout the evaluation period.

Scottish Book Trust will make all gathered data available to the consultant (as far as is possible within data protection guidelines) and support the consultant to contact stakeholders.


Consultant skills and knowledge

Scottish Book Trust wishes to engage a consultant with significant knowledge and experience of:

It is essential that all staff carrying out fieldwork have knowledge and experience of working with schools, teachers, children and local authorities, and hold valid Basic Disclosure Certificates.



The budget available for this evaluation, including VAT and any expenses, is no more than £20,000.


Tenders should be submitted by email to Katherine Wilkinson(this link will open in a new window) by Friday 19 January 2024 at 12noon.

Prior to submission, interested parties can contact Katherine with any questions about the programme, evaluation or tender process.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an online meeting with Scottish Book Trust on 2 February 2024.

Tenders should include:

Scottish Book Trust

Scottish Book Trust is a national charity that believes books, reading and writing have the power to change lives.

A love of reading inspires creativity, improves employment opportunities, mental health and wellbeing, and is one of the most effective ways to help children escape the poverty cycle.

More information about Scottish Book Trust can be found on our about page, along with a copy of the Annual Review.