RFP Questions and Answers
The Winner of the TAACCCT Program Evaluator RFP Bid, 40015_Nunez-RFP1, is McRel, with a winning bid of $175,380.

Is this a four-year grant (10/01/2013-09/30/2016) with the 4th year to be used for data collection and evaluation and not implementation?

How did it originate?We want to be sure we understand the participant cohorts. On p. 56, you list the total number of participants completing a TAACCCT-funded program of study (Year 1: 20; Year 2: 30; Year 3: 50). Does this mean during these grant years? Yr 1 (10/01/2013-09/30/2014) = 20; Yr 2 (10/01/2014-09/30/2015) = 30; Yr 3 (10/01/2015-09/30/2016) = 50?
No. If you follow the chart across to the fourth column, you will see that the total number of Participants completing a TAACCCT- funded program of study is 100: 20 in Year 1, 30 in Year 2, and 50 in Year 3, for a total of 100 across the three years.
If yes to previous question, how will students complete a 2-yr program of study being developed under TAACCCT in the first year of the grant implementation?
The TAACCCT program covers several certificate and degree levels—some comprising as few as nine credit hours—not just a 2-yr, Associate’s Degree program.
Have you considered what types of students would be used for the matched comparison group (what program of study etc)?
Students from the Accounting and Administrative Professionals track of Business Administration will be the comparison group.
Will it be possible to receive individual-level Employment and Earnings data from DOL for treatment and comparison students?

Yes; however, that data is nearly always a minimum of six months old. As much as possible, we will track employment and earnings data, as well.
Will you be offering any incentives to the comparison students for responding to surveys?

On p.59 you indicate that you currently conduct a graduate employment survey – will these data be available to use in the evaluation, or should the evaluator budget to conduct their own survey?

That data is available to evaluators
If yes to using the graduate employment survey, what are your typical response rates?
Approximately 25 – 30%.
Is the sample contract just included as a sample (does not need to be included in our response)?

The sample contract just included as a sample (does not need to be included in our response)?is what the contract will look like when completed. You need not include it in your response.
Is there a budgeted amount for this evaluation?
Is the evaluator to budget for travel to a grantee conference in DC or is this a) not required or b) including the the main budget?
It is not required of the evaluator.
Page 14 says "evaluation plans must detail how the proposer will provide data on program participants and comparison groups that include name, SSN, and date of birth using a secure data system specified by the DOL." What do you mean by 'provide data'? It seems that these are data that Nunez would have and DOL has the mechanism to submit the data. Is this more about identifying a comparison group and ensuring that these data are submitted?
Any data used in your reports (received from Nunez or DOL) has to be secured using the specifications the DOL provides to you.
Attachment I Scope of Services indicates that the 'proposer must submit the following: 1) program evaluation plan; 2) evaluation budget narrative.' Is the expectation that:
  1. the program evaluation plan and the evaluation budget narrative are included in the proposal we are preparing in response to this RFP, or
  2. that the program evaluation plan and the evaluation budget are deliverables that the selected contractor would submit after the award and that a brief overview of of the approach and methodology are all that are required to be included in the proposal we are preparing in response to this RFP.

The evaluation of the proposal will be made based upon these factors. While we understand that there may need to be adjustments to the plan depending upon the periodic results of the ongoing evaluation, you should be able to provide us with an overall plan of action for your evaluation of our project. The budget and budget narrative are especially important to the proposal, as they will help us to determine whether your "bid” is within the budget of the grant.

Page 11 of the RFP indicates that for the Hudson initiative, full points are awarded if the appellant is a Hudson-certified small business and that if the applicant is not a Hudson-certified small business, but will engage one or more Hudson-certified small businesses, points will be allocated based on: the number of small entrepreneurships to be utilized; the experience and qualifications of the certified small entrepreneurship; and the anticipated earnings to accrue to the certified small entrepreneurship. Are you able to clarify the scoring criteria for a non-Hudson certified applicant? We are a Hudson-certified small business but intend to partner with another agency. We have good experience and qualifications and would receive a sizable portion of the budget, but we would like to know how many points would be lost if we are not the lead agency and they are only partnering with one Hudson-certified small business.

There is a matrix for determining the Hudson-certification related points on p. 14, section 5.5 of the RFP. In answer to your direct question, as a Hudson-certified agency partnering with a non-Hudson-certified agency, you would receive additional points if you were the lead agency; however, the difference in points will not be as important as the overall proposal and the abilities of both partners to produce the most effective and valid results.



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