Sport England

Sport England Active Lives Survey Online Tool

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
6 SME, 1 large

Completed applications

Completed applications
14 SME, 1 large
Important dates
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Published Friday 16 August 2019
Deadline for asking questions Friday 23 August 2019 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Friday 30 August 2019 at 11:59pm GMT


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Summary of the work We’re looking for a supplier to ensure the availability of an interactive online tool to allow users to interrogate data from the Active Lives surveys independently, including continued design and development of the existing (or replacement of the existing) tool as well as hosting and maintenance
Latest start date Monday 18 November 2019
Expected contract length 2 years
Location London
Organisation the work is for Sport England
Budget range The total budget in the two years is estimated between £100,000- £150,000 broken down into five areas: Design and development in regard to the adult survey data (Up to £40,000), design and development in regard to the inclusion of child survey data (Up to £60,000), further development to ensure that we are able to make improvement throughout the contract (Not to exceed £20,000), hosting and maintenance of the tool (up to £20,000) and overall project management (£10,000). Up to £25,000 is available for the optional 6-month extension and allocated in similar proportions as the first two years.

About the work

About the work
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Why the work is being done We want continued availability and improved functionality of an interactive online tool to allow users to interrogate data from our Active Lives Adult survey independently, and it to be developed to include more data from this survey as well as data from the Active Lives Children and Young People survey. This will help stakeholders and partners make sense of the vast data, encourage the use of insight within their work and to further comply with the UK Statistics Authority Code of Practice which governs the production and publication of Official Statistics, specifically by ensuring the data is accessible to all.
Problem to be solved The current Active Lives online tool contract will expire on the 30th September 2019 but both surveys will continue to run and be published for the foreseeable future and remains a business priority. We would therefore like this tool to remain available, updated and maintained past the current contract end date. Without the continued availability of a tool, users will be limited in the data they are able to interrogate independently, and this will consequently increase the burden of running, processing and delivering data queries for the Quantitative research team at Sport England.
Who the users are and what they need to do The current interactive tool has a mix of users. They include internal colleagues across Sport England (such as members in the insight directorate and communications teams) and external partners such as those working for Local Authorities or National Governing Bodies. They’ll need to be able to easily navigate the tool to select the data they require, easily interpret the data presented whether through tables, charts or maps and be able to export the raw data in some way. Currently they can analyse data using two of the three dimensions: locality, activity and demographic group
Early market engagement There is limited information available to us regarding currently usage of the tool and we want to gain a greater level of user feedback and information on interested users through this new contract if possible. However, We do know that since its launch in the summer of 2017, over 12,741 queries have been run in the tool by users, with 3,479 of these being unique showing the volume and range of queries users have.
Any work that’s already been done The current tool ( has now been live for 2 years and we would want to build on the learnings from creating, launching and developing it during this next phase.
Existing team The supplier will be working most closely with a Senior Analyst of Sport England’s quantitative research team (within the Insight Directorate) who will be managing the contract management monitoring arrangements. The supplier may also be required to work The ICT team and members of the Digital team to ensure the tool fits within our infrastructure, in relation to hosting and maintenance. Other members of the Insight directorate will be involved during the development and testing phases throughout the project.
Current phase Not started

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place 21 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3HF
Working arrangements There should be face to face conversations where necessary and possible, particularly as we’re scoping out key phases at the beginning of the contract. However, going forward during key development and testing phases within the project we would expect regular communication via email and telephone. Outside of key development phases, we would expect catch up calls on a roughly monthly basis.
Security clearance None

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions In addition to the standard DOS terms and conditions, the supplier will also be required to sign up to the Sport England Data Processing Agreement which will be provided to the shortlisted suppliers who are invited to the written proposal.

Additional information- Following the review of the written proposal response for the 5 shortlisted suppliers, Sport England will invite up to three suppliers to present their solution. The indicative date for presentations will be Monday 21st or Thursday 24th October 2019 at Sport England's Bloomsbury Street office in London.

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Skills and experience
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Essential skills and experience
  • Provide evidence of previous experience in delivering similar projects (online tools and visualisation of data) to a high standard
  • Provide evidence of previous experience in dealing with large and complex datasets
  • Provide evidence of experience creating similar tools fully optimised for all devices.
  • Have an excellent understanding of statistical data, using statistical datasets and making statistical data accessible.
  • Have experience and understanding of back-end technologies, databases, developing and accessing APIs, and meeting data standards
  • Have technical expertise of front-end, UI web development and responsive web design (HTML5/CSS/JS)
  • Have GIS capabilities and understanding of geographic data
  • Be able to provide support to Azure hosting.
Nice-to-have skills and experience Demonstrate experience of collecting and analysing user analytics for similar tools / websites

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many suppliers to evaluate 5
Proposal criteria
  • Understanding of the brief
  • Proposed approach and methodology
  • Previous experience – both project wise and amongst those who will carry out the work (submitted case study and work history will support the response to this question)
  • Technical competence and ability to meet requirements
  • Estimated timeframes for the work
  • How they've identified risks and dependencies and offered approaches to manage them
  • Value for money
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Can work with clients with ranging technical expertise
  • Understands the importance of high-quality work
Payment approach Fixed price
Assessment methods
  • Written proposal
  • Case study
  • Work history
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Do you have any data/information on the number of users and maximum number of concurrent sessions the tool needs to support? As an open access tool, it is hard to estimate the number of users it would need to support. Current numbers indicate 700+ users a month, peaking at 60 a day however we’d expect those to increase as we promote it more widely and there will be peaks when new data is added to the site.
2. Are we correct that it's the back-end collection of data (aswell as the front-end presentation) that you want re-built. Please could you send the back-end data collection webpage and confirm if it's using bespoke code or a 3rd party application. It is both the back end collection of data, as well as the front-end presentation. The existing tool is built in Azure so could be transferred from our incumbent supplier for either continuation or re-build. Note there may be some complexity depending on how much the site, if at all, needed changing per our development requirements.
3. Could you clarify what technologies have been used to build the existing platform? The current tool is made up of three component parts: the active lives web app (the live website), a high performance (Immutable) database and a basic performance (mutual) database. It is hosted on azure using the following azure resources: SQL Server as a service; Web App as a service; Storage. We currently send a CSV version of Active Lives data to the supplier who then uploads this to the high performance database.