Request for Proposals
Western Regional Resilience Initiative Evaluator
Request for Proposals for Western Regional Resilience Initiative Evaluator
Buncombe Partnership for Children
Buncombe Partnership for Children is seeking proposals for a contracted project evaluator for the Western Regional Resilience Initiative. The period for engagement is May 2, 2022- November 30, 2024. The budget for evaluation services is $40,000 over three years with $20,000 allocated for year one, $10,000 for year two and $10,000 for year three.
In collaboration with Initiative project staff – the Program Manager, Resiliency Coordinator, Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC) Coordinator, and Buncombe Partnership for Children Executive Director,
the evaluator will:
- Identify key measures of success in the form of qualitative and quantitative outcomes as well as outputs. An initial set of outcomes and outputs was developed for the grant proposal and may be used as a starting point.
- Develop an evaluation system that includes stream-lined processes for data collection, analysis, and reporting to clearly present the Initiative’s impact at the county level and regionally.
- Become familiar with existing measurement tools related to each project component. Identify data collection tools, support staff on use of tools to ensure accurate and consistent data collection.
Please send proposals to Amy Barry, Executive Director, Buncombe Partnership for Children, firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 pm on Apil 25, 2022. For questions or more information, please contact Amy by email or phone 828-424-9551.
Western Regional Resilience Initiative Project Description
This 3-year project, grant funded by the Dogwood Health Trust Foundation, is a regional initiative of 8 western Smart Start Local Partnerships covering the 18 westernmost counties. The project is designed to build and strengthen resiliency skills of individuals and organizations by taking a broad community-based approach to create a regional system capable of supporting positive early childhood experiences and relationships while working to increase community motivation to prevent trauma and minimize its potential for lasting harm. This work will be carried out throughout the region utilizing a coordinated series of micro, mezzo, and macro level approaches in collaboration with our contracted partner organizations described below. Each county will be bringing on different components of the work throughout the three years of funding which necessitates an organized and obtainable approach to capturing the impact.
Below are the project partner organizations and the specific resilience strategies they provide:
- Center for Trauma Resilient Communities – – hosting Resilience Academies to develop personal and organizational resilience culture with Smart Start leaders.
- Resources for Resiliency – offering Reconnect for Resilience trainings for early educators and families as well as coaching for cohorts of early educators to become Resilience Champions to ensure resilience strategies are put into practice within their child care programs. https://resourcesforresilience.com/about-resources-for-resilience/
- Sesame Street in Communities –will engage communities to become active promoters of social emotional resilience and development through community events, professional development for early educators and families.
Request for Proposal Application
- Describe your experience creating a project specific evaluation system.
- Describe your experience creating community-wide measures developing measures for community-wide impact.
- Describe the approach you would take to guide the process and keep the work on track.
- Describe your experience working collaboratively with a project team.
- What unique attributes do you bring to this work?
- Identify what you imagine to be the most challenging aspects of this work.
Request for Proposals – Seeking consultant to assist BPFC Staff & Board in reaching DEI goals outlined in the organization’s Strategic Plan
Issue date: February 18, 2022
Due date: April 22, 2022
Buncombe Partnership for Children is seeking written quotes for an individual or company to provide content for and facilitate staff discussion during a six-month time period to assist us in reaching DEI goals identified in the organization’s three-year Strategic Plan and described below.
The successful contractor will provide comprehensive consulting services that build upon the work already completed by staff and will include:
- Meeting with leadership team staff and Board to learn more about the work done to date and work to be achieved regarding the Strategic Plan goals.
- In addition to the Plan, the contractor will help Staff and Board with the following:
1) reviewing the Board’s Organizational Equity Assessment and creating recommendations on how to move forward;
2) reducing White Supremacy culture within the organization;
3) addressing challenges created by power structures within the organization;
4) exploring non-hierarchical power and pay scales within the organization;
5) centering concepts of race, social justice, equity, and culturally responsive anti-bias education in our work with children and families; and
6) identifying how we hold contractors accountable to our own DEI goals.
- Leading and providing content for 1-hour Equity sessions at staff meetings two times a month for a total of 12 hours.
- Meeting with leadership team staff monthly to plan the work.
- Conduct staff pre-post assessment of the consulting work.
- Providing a written update of the work completed and recommendations to be shared with staff, the Board of Directors, and grant funder at the end of the contract period.
Services are expected to begin by July 1, 2022 and be complete by December 31, 2022 with a final invoice to be submitted by January 15, 2023. All invoices will be paid by January 31, 2023.
Individuals and agencies interested in providing DEI consulting services should send a written quote using the application below and including the proposed cost, not to exceed $25,000, qualifications of the individual(s) to provide the services, specific goals and content to be provided, and a timeline for services to be rendered.
Written quotes should be sent to Caroline Rodier, Assistant Director, Buncombe Partnership for Children, email@example.com, and must be received by the close of business on Friday, April 22 2022. For questions or more information, contact Caroline Rodier by email or at 828-407-2053. Applicants shall be notified about selection by May 6, 2022 and work will begin no later than July 1, 2022.
Please respond to the questions below.
Name of person submitting this proposal:
- Describe the services to be provided (address all deliverables described in the RFP)
- Describe the timeline of services to be rendered.
- What are the qualifications of the individual(s) who will provide the services?
- What is the proposed cost? (not to exceed $25,000; please be as detailed as possible)
Buncombe Partnership for Children’s (BPFC) mission is to strengthen the capacity of educators, families, and the community to build a strong foundation for children’s learning and development beginning at birth. Given that the majority of brain development occurs between a child’s birth and their entry into kindergarten, we invest in children 0-5, their families and the early educators who care for and teach them to partner with local organizations to deliver programs that:
*Improve the quality of early care and education
*Increase access to high quality early care and education
* Expand early literacy opportunities
* Offer family support
*Support children’s healthy development
Additionally, BPFC serves as the backbone organization for the Asheville Buncombe Preschool Planning Collaborative (ABPPC), a community collaborative focused on the expansion of high-quality, accessible child care. ABPPC is a partner in a local coalition of coalitions, Family-friendly Affordable Buncombe focused on housing, transit and child care. More information about our work can be found at https://buncombepfc.org.
As a majority White-led organization, staff and board members have been working to understand our individual privilege, white supremacy power structures, and address inequities in our business structure and the early childhood field. We have much of our own internal work to do. As a local early childhood funder, we have the power to focus resources to lift up, grow, and support the leadership of BIPOC teachers and administrators. We are looking for a consulting partner who can support us in this process.
Smart-Start Funded Activities
Buncombe County Partnership for Children, Inc. is seeking contractors from any government agency, non-profit organization, or private business to submit applications for two-year funding to administer Smart Start-funded activities for SFY 2022-2023 through FY 2023-2024.
The activities and funding levels are subject to change based on final funding from the North Carolina General Assembly and the Buncombe Partnership for Children’s Board of Directors.
Applications are due by 5:00 pm, April 29, 2022. For technical assistance, please contact Caroline Rodier at (828) 407-2053 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Natasha Adwaters – Board Member|
|Phillip Hardin – Board Member|
|Mary Arnold – Board Member|
|Brandon Becker – Board Member|
|April Wright – Board Member|
|Richard Caro- Community member|
|Caroline Rodier – BPFC Staff|
|Carey Price – BPFC Staff|
|Amy Barry- BPFC Staff|