We are seeking a consultant to conduct research, consultations and model development for our Sunrise program. The objective of this project is to increase the reach and impact and improve the sustainability of the Sunrise program. We are accepting proposal and quote applications until 30 October 2023.
About the Sunrise Program
Sunrise is a social, capacity building group program with an early intervention, gender equity and intersectional lens. It is for women, gender diverse and non-binary people with a disability or chronic health condition who live in the western region of Melbourne.
Sunrise is underpinned by the following premise: that providing women, gender diverse and non-binary people with a safe environment where they can learn skills, gain information, build resources and make social connections through peer led activities, their safety, wellbeing, and health will greatly improve and violence in their home will decrease.
Sunrise currently runs three groups every fortnight across Brimbank, Wyndham and online and the overall average number of participants are 40-50.
A 2022 evaluation report found Sunrise impacts participants through:
- Confidence and communication
- Connection, community, and social wellbeing
- ‘Sisterhood’ and emotional wellbeing
- Digital accessibility
- Accessing services and public resources
- Positive mental health and wellbeing
While Sunrise has transformational outcomes, our objective is to increase the reach and impact and improve the sustainability of the program.
This project aims to revitalise the Sunrise program with the following outputs:
- Conduct and present an environmental analysis to understand current service gaps, community need, and priority subgroups through in-depth community consultation and research.
- Present a revised program model that increases reach, access, and sustainability, so that more women, non-binary and gender diverse people can benefit from the program.
- Research and present recommendations for alternative funding sources to enhance the program’s financial sustainability.
Project planning and design:
- Create and submit a project workplan to GenWest.
- Plan and design a consultation process, including workshop format and schedule of consultation events.
Research and consultation:
- Conduct a desktop review on service gaps in the west, disability community needs and priority subgroups.
- Facilitate four to six consultations with Sunrise participants, relevant GenWest staff, relevant stakeholders, and people with a disability in the west.
- Work with Sunrise coordinators to gather feedback and input from Sunrise participants in a variety of ways to ensure accessibility. For example, written, video or voice recording.
- Deliver a report with findings and recommendations from consultations and desktop review.
Program Development and sustainability:
- Complete a Theory of Change and program model with an intersectional lens and an evaluation framework (two rounds of feedback to occur).
- Research and develop a list of recommendations for alternative funding sources (such as philanthropists and government) and include what funders are looking for to enhance program sustainability.
Project Selection Criteria
The development of the new model will be a collaborative and evidence informed process. It will require review of key documents, as well as consultation of current participants and respect for expertise provided through lived experience. As such, the contractor will need:
- A strong understanding of the work of GenWest and the women’s health and disability services context, including key frameworks such as Changing the Landscape, Everybody Matters: Victoria’s Inclusion and Equity framework and social determinants of health.
- Experience in project management and completion of deliverables within expected timeframes.
- Experience in developing program models, Theory of Change frameworks and evaluation frameworks to achieve demonstrable social impact.
- Experience in coordinating and facilitating consultation groups.
- Excellent interpersonal skills including strong written and verbal communication skills, team collaboration and emotional intelligence.
- Understanding of trauma informed practice and demonstrated ability to work in a trauma-informed manner with people with lived experience of family violence, disability, and other intersecting issues.
- Understanding of anti-oppressive practice and intersectionality. Demonstrated ability to work in a culturally safe manner.
- Experience or demonstrated ability to research, analyse and report extensive and complex information that includes embedding lived experience perspectives.
- Knowledge of government and philanthropic strategic priorities for investment.
- Valid Working with Children Check and Police Check.
There are countless opportunities for this program to grow its impact and reach and GenWest is eager to explore approaches that connect victim survivors of family violence to support healing, youth focused groups and LGBTIQA+ groups.
Quotes inclusive of GST are sought on a fixed price basis (e.g., lump sum, hourly rate including expenses).
As part of the quote a breakdown of the proposed resource allocation should be included indicating what resources are to be provided, time commitment, hourly rate (if applicable) as well as total project cost.
All prices shall be fixed for at least 90 days from the date of submission of quotes.
Proposal and quote application process
- Due by: COB Monday, the 30 October 2023
- Please email proposal and quote to: Sophie Mast: Sophiem@genwest.org.au and cc Kate Phillips: Katep@genwest.org.au
- If you have any questions: please feel free to email Sophie Mast, Manager - Early Intervention (works Mondays and Tuesdays) or Kate Phillips, General Manager - Gender Equity (works Monday to Thursday).
Download the Request for Quote below, to see timelines for key deliverables.