Pact are inviting tenders to carry out evaluation of the innovative ‘Routes2Change’ project, at HMP/YOI Isis.

Indicative Budget: £50,000 

Timeframe:  Final Evaluation Report to be submitted by Nov 2023

Deadline for outline submissions: 27th May 2022

Pact’s Routes2 Change project began as a two year ‘proof of concept’ pilot in partnership with HMP Brixton and commenced on 1st January 2021 with the main aim of achieving and demonstrating how the recommendations of the Lord Farmer report[1] can be achieved through promoting a “family first” culture in all aspects of the prison’s regime  The programme drew on much pre-existing relationship-based practice developed by Pact across the prison estate, and combined it to form an ‘end-to-end’, ‘through the wall’ and ‘whole family’ offer, from the first day in custody, to up to six months post-release. The initiative is philanthropically funded through Porticus and supported by the London Prison Group Director and his team, and is overseen by an Advisory Board which includes the HMP Brixton and HMP/YOI Isis Governors, CEO of Pact, HMPPS officials, MOPAC and other key stakeholders.

The work at Brixton secured a further three-year grant following the end of the pilot, and a separate grant was also awarded by Porticus to test out the model in partnership with HMP/YOI Isis, building on the work done in HMP Brixton, but working to address the issues facing younger men in this very diverse and different establishment.

Pact is now seeking to commission an evaluation for the programme at HMP/YOI Isis, based on our ‘Theory of Change’ (available on request).

[1] Lord Farmer Report 2017

The following table highlights the key expected milestones for the project evaluation:



Deadline for receipt of outline proposals

May 27 2022

Exploratory Meetings

June 2022

Submission of Full Proposals

July 2022

Submission to NRC & (subject to NRC approval) & Contract Award

August 2022

Inception Meeting 

w/c 4 September 2022

Anticipated Evaluation Period

Oct 22-Sept 23

Submission of interim Report 

Oct 23

Submission of Final Evaluation Report 

Dec 23

Pact would like to appoint a suitably qualified, experienced and credible provider to carry out the evaluation of the Routes2Change project. The evaluation will seek to assess the extent to which the project has had an effect, and the nature of this effect, based on the outcomes outlined in the invitation document, where possible understanding the impact by comparing outcomes of those supported with  other available  data samples relating to individuals with similar socio-demographic characteristics to the service user cohort (see ‘Population Characteristics’ in the document below). Experience in working with officials and data owners and accessing relevant data sets for these purposes is essential.


Please submit your outline proposal, by 5pm on 27th May 2022, by email to [email protected] 

A copy of the Theory of Change can be requested from the same email address.