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25 January 2016

Evaluator needed: Playable City Lagos

We're looking for an evaluator to evaluate the immediate outcomes of the project Playable City: Lagos in March 2016. This is an fantastic opportunity to be part of an exciting project in a dynamic context.

Playable City Lagos is an exciting new addition to the Playable City network that brings together creative practitioners from Lagos, Nigeria, and the UK, to exchange ideas and develop new works that respond to the theme of The Playable City. It is produced by Watershed and run in collaboration with British Council and Future Lagos

Playable City Lagos will support, inspire and challenge participants from Lagos and the UK to develop playful interventions that respond to specific social challenges and specific geographic locations in Lagos. Ideas will respond to local research undertaken by the Urban Design Institute Future Lagos. Participants will be supported to create ideas and working prototypes that can be demonstrated as part of a public showcase in Lagos in 2016.

The eleven selected participants taking part (4 from UK, 7 from Nigeria) were selected from an open call and they are a mix of people from different creative practices.  They will be working together on an eight day programme of workshops. 

What we’re looking for

We would like to appoint an evaluator who can devise a methodology to test the intended action/learning outcomes of the programme,  travel to Lagos with the group,  observe the programme in action, and using observations and data gathered, report back on how the project has fulfilled the action and learning outcomes.  As producers, Watershed will be documenting the activities using photographs and/or video footage and will make some of this media available for the evaluator in the final report.  We would like the final report to be a dynamic presentation as well as a written report.

We would also like the evaluator’s final report to contain suggestions on how the programme might be developed in future to fulfil longer term legacy outcomes on how the project might be used to promote the use of technology in civic spaces.

IMPORTANT: Please note that by responding to this invitation to tender you will be confirming that you are willing and able to travel to Lagos, Nigeria and stay there for the duration of Playable City: Lagos -  8th March 18th March. 

Reporting to the British Council Creative Economy team, the consultant will be supported by a group of internal stakeholders from across the organisation including in Nigeria. In the course of this task, the evaluator is expected to engage with a range of external stakeholders and partners including Watershed and a range of Nigerian delivery partners. 

We estimate this work will require at least 20 days of work and total costs for the consultancy should not exceed £8,000 GBP (ex VAT). In addition to the fee, all costs and arrangements for travel, accommodation and subsistence for the Lagos element of the trip will be covered.  British Council will also arrange visas and pay for the necessary vaccinations needed for travel to Nigeria.  The evaluator will be expected to arrange his/her own travel insurance.

First stage of deliverables (action outcomes of workshops) must be completed by 31st March 2016 with second stage (learning outcomes and recommendations on developing programme to support legacy objectives) by 30 May 2016.


A dynamic and visually stimulating minimum ten page written report and complementary presentation which documents Playable City: Nigeria activity as well as reporting on the learning and action outcomes for:

  • Individuals: The eleven participants of the workshop.
  • Partners: Selected facilitators of the activities in Lagos and partners for example CC Hub, FutureLagos and Goethe-Instituit
  • Decision-makers - selected representatives from Lagos city government

This report will be used to communicate to external funders and interested stakeholders how the project has brought different communities together and how creative practitioners can be used in civic planning.  The report will also point to ways which British Council can use the Playable City methodology and brand to support future work in emerging economies.

Intended action/ learning outcomes of Playable City - to be evaluated by this piece of work and informed by conversations with Watershed and British Council Creative Economy team:

  •  Individual participants: gain new skills, knowledge and networks
  • Partners: forge new links between creative and tech sectors
  • Decision makers: knowledge grows around potential for technology and creativity to enrich lives

Higher level objectives - evaluator to advise on how these might be tested in future

  • Engaging the public with technology
  • Promoting more dynamic, inclusive civic spaces



  • Professional experience of evaluation in an Arts/ creative industries/ civic innovation/ development context
  • Track record of delivering assignments of a similar nature (research design and delivery, building networks with internal and external stakeholders)


  • Knowledge of Lagos and some understanding of context of creative and digital sectors there

How to apply

Applications should include:

  • a tailored CV detailing experience relevant to the project
  • a brief, outlining your approach to the body of work, including a suggested outline for the research, and the total costs of your services (c.3 pages)
  • Confirmation that you hold a valid passport and that you are able to travel to Nigeria (subject to visa)

To apply please send the above to by 3rd February 2016.