Next Generation Italy Open Call

Please note that both the deadline for clarifications and for final submissions has been extended.

Please also note that a slightly amended request for proposals has now been uploaded, with some changes made to the section ‘context’ on page 3.

Next Generation is a global research programme initiated in countries that are experiencing a period of significant change, with the purpose of ensuring that young people’s voices are heard and their interests properly represented in decisions that will have lasting implications for their lives. The stated aims of the programme are to:

1. Understand youth attitudes and aspirations

2. Amplify youth voice

3. Support better youth policy-making

This research has been conducted in countries including Pakistan, Tanzania, the UK, Colombia, Turkey and South Africa; there is currently work underway in Ireland/Northern Ireland, Myanmar and Germany. The study seeks to analyse the conditions that support young people and allow them to reach their potential as fulfilled, productive and active citizens. The research is always completed with a series of recommendations based on supporting policy change.

We look to see how one or more significant changes or periods of activity – particularly when a number of events or circumstances come together – affects young people’s view of themselves and their place in the world. As examples: the UK research was sparked by the referendum on whether the UK should leave the European Union; in South Africa, by the sense that the ‘born free’ (post-apartheid) generation are coming of age and are dissatisfied with the post-apartheid social contract; and in Colombia, by a young generation coming to terms with the new peace settlement.

Italy is changing politically. In March 2018, young voters especially showed they were dissatisfied with the political situation. They helped shift the Italian political landscape, bringing into Government the right-wing Lega, and the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement. 

18-35 years olds make up 17 per cent of the population. Many young Italians are looking for opportunities overseas: in the last five years, more than half a million Italians have migrated to other European countries, with Germany the top destination, followed by the UK. Data shows us that the majority do not return to Italy, leading some commentators to refer to this phenomenon as the 3rd great wave of emigration from Italy.

Economic issues mean that many young Italians remain living at home until much later than their European neighbours. 64 per cent of under 35-year olds still live at home, whereby in previous times leaving home, often to marry and set up a new home, was viewed as a traditional market of adulthood. Added to this, finding a job that suits their qualifications is a major challenge. At 32 per cent, Italy’s youth unemployment rate is nearly twice the European Union average. A major post-2008 recession spike in the number of short-term or part-time work contracts with correspondingly lower pay – statistics show that 537,000 of these jobs were added last year alone – means that even those who find work, are not in secure positions. These economic challenges exacerbate what is traditionally a difficult time for young people – the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

In a country as rapidly changing as Italy, it is important to engage with young people to understand their aspirations and needs, and the political, social, economic and cultural conditions and policies required to support them to becoming active, engaged, fulfilled and creative citizens.

This research will engage with Italian youth to better understand how they see their own futures, and that of their country. How do they feel about their political environment both within Italy and wider afield in the rest of Europe? What excites them about the world around them and where do they see the opportunities? How do they perceive their identity in terms of local, national and international connections, and values? What are their aspirations in education, employment and culture? And what are their concerns?

Are the current opportunities for young people meeting the expectations they have for their own lives and for Italian society? How do they navigate their lives, their interactions with their peers, their elders and with the wider world?

Further details can be found in the Request for Proposals document which can be downloaded below.

ABOUT THE ROLE

We are looking to commission Next Generation Italy and examine how young people there are reacting to ongoing change. 

The Next Generation Italy report will ask a nationally representative sample (95% confidence rate or higher) of young people aged 18-30 who are Italian nationals in Italy about their experiences, their engagement in the civic, economic, social and democratic life of their country and their aspirations on influencing their community, country and wider world. This forms part of the global Next Generation series led by the British Council.

The research design is expected to include:

1. Desk Research: a comprehensive review of published research on the attitudes, aspirations and behaviours of young people in Italy

2. Next Generation Survey: an opinion survey that can be implemented across the country by telephone, face-to-face, or online

3. In-depth Discussions: qualitative research with young people and other stakeholders to explore in depth themes emerging from the survey data

4. Analysis of Data, Conclusions and Recommendations: with a strong focus on policy recommendations

The consultants will be expected to lead the assignment, but also to work alongside British Council staff in the UK and Italy to develop the methodology required as the research develops.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

The British Council is looking to appoint a reputable research provider with the following qualities:

• Strong qualitative and quantitative research portfolio, evidenced by previous projects

• Expertise in conducting interviews and identifying case studies – evidenced by previous research projects and consultancies

• Strong dedicated team with suitable experience and qualifications

• Knowledge and expertise of the country of Italy

• Experience of working with young people, and with evidence of showing how they can engage and amplify youth voice in this research

• Real understanding of the Next Generation brief

• Offering good value for money 

• Capacity to deliver within an agreed timeframe

The final methodology used for this research project will be agreed by the appointed researchers in consultation with the British Council. 

HOW TO APPLY

Interested consultants are requested to respond to the tender document with details on how you propose to approach the research objectives. All proposals received should include:

• evidence of relevant knowledge and experience

• details of approach and methodology to be used

• qualifications/experience of the team members who will be involved in this project 

• detailed timescale

• detailed costing plan

The deadline for clarification questions is 23 January 17.00 GMT and the deadline for completed responses by potential suppliers is 23.59 GMT on 31 January.

Please submit you’re your questions and completed response via e-mail to the British Council UK Research Team at Christine.wilson@britishcouncil.org titled Next Generation Italy.

Please note, we can only respond to successful applicants and only within five working days of the application deadline.