HDR UK’s Black Internship Programme has been running since 2021, providing opportunities for Black students and recent graduates in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) subjects to gain meaningful insights into health data science, to encourage them to consider pursuing a career in this field, and thereby helping to improve diversity within the sector.   

The Programme is now in its fourth year and provides participants with an 8-week paid internship with a host organisation in the health data science sector, including academic institutions, the NHS, and industry partners.  To date, 315 interns have either completed or are in the process of completing an internship with a host organisation. 

We are commissioning an independent review of the programme, to objectively determine whether it has met the intended outputs and outcomes.

Review objectives:

  • Evaluate the programme design and implementation, including the approach to engaging the target internship audience and host organisations. 
  • Determine if the BIP has achieved its intended outputs and outcomes. 
  • Understand the programme’s value to and influence on HDR UK and the wider health data science sector. 
  • Generate recommendations for the scope of the next iteration of the programme. 

Review design: 

We recommend the reviewers use the Context, Input, Process, Product (CIPP) framework to structure the review, as a well-established model for evaluation of educational programmes (Stufflebeam, 2003).  However, we are also open to alternative framework suggestions made by the consultants. 

Consultants are invited to propose a detailed review methodology, utilising the CIPP framework, or something similar.  We anticipate this will involve a mixed method approach, comprising a desk review of documents, qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis using survey data gathered from programme stakeholders, descriptive analysis of quantitative programme data, and comparative analysis of similar internship programmes. 


  • Preliminary results workshop and validation of review findings 
  • Evaluation report 
  • Manuscript for publication based on approved final evaluation report 
  • Cleaned datasets of all data produced for the review 


The format for tenders is described in the Invitation to Tender (ITT). Tenders will be evaluated in accordance with the criteria set out in the documentation. The highest scoring tenders may be invited to an interview to clarify elements of a written tender.


The value of this contract is £40,000 – £60,000 (inclusive of VAT).  Please note that tenders will be scored on value for money.


  • ITT open for applications: 17 June – 19 July 2024 
  • Notification of interview for shortlisted tenders: 9 August 2024 
  • In-person interviews for shortlisted tenders: 2 September 2024 
  • Notification of contract award: 5 September 2024 
  • Contract start date: 1 October 2024 
  • Contract end date: 31 March 2025

Get in touch

Please submit your tender by 5.00pm on Friday 19 July 2024 by email to learn@hdruk.ac.uk, also copying procurement@hdruk.ac.uk.

If you have any questions regarding the tender in advance of your submission, please reach out to the email addresses above by 5.00pm on Friday 5 July 2024.

Answers to all questions received during the clarification period can be found at the following link: BIP Review ITT Clarification Log

View Invitation to Tender document for full details