Request for Proposals to Revamp the Fundamentals of Implementation Research Course

MEASURE Evaluation seeks an organization to provide programming, IT, and technical assistance support services to create a dynamic, interactive, and media-rich version of its Fundamentals of Implementation Research Course that is currently offered via MEASURE Evaluation’s M&E Learning Center

MEASURE Evaluation is a cooperative agreement funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) in partnership with Futures Group, ICF International, John Snow, Inc., Management Sciences for Health and Tulane University. MEASURE Evaluation aims to strengthen monitoring and evaluation systems and build capacity of individuals, organizations and systems to collect, analyze and use data to make decisions that will result in improved health programs and policies.

MEASURE Evaluation seeks an organization to provide programming, IT, and technical assistance support services to create a dynamic, interactive, and media-rich version of its Fundamentals of Implementation Research Course that is currently offered via MEASURE Evaluation’s M&E Learning Center.

Background

MEASURE Evaluation collaborated with the World Health Organization, National Institutes of Health, Fogarty Foundation, United States Agency for International Development, Office of Global AIDS Control and other international stakeholders to facilitate the development and launch of an online certificate course on the Fundamentals of Implementation Research. This course is supported and maintained on MEASURE Evaluation’s Sakai-based Learning Management System (LMS). The course was specifically designed for use in low-bandwidth settings commonly found in developing countries and is offered free of charge to all who have an interest in Implementation Research. Once this course was launched and in use, the collaborating organizations expressed an interest in creating a more interactive and visually dynamic course experience available for audiences in developed-country settings where bandwidth is generally more accessible.

Time Frame

The period of performance for this sub-agreement will be up to 3 months from the date of signing, but not to go beyond December 15, 2013.

Deliverables

  1. An updated, more interactive, and visually dynamic version of the existing Fundamentals of Implementation Research course:
    a. Redesigned course shall be fully executable and perform well in a Sakai-based LMS. The redesigned course is an update to an existing course, and the redesigned course will live in the existing Sakai-based LMS environment alongside the existing, low-bandwidth version of course.
    b. Redesigned course shall be fully asynchronous and self-paced, including the quizzes and final exam.
    c. Redesigned course redesign shall not substantively alter or otherwise change the existing course content.
    d. Redesigned course shall include additional components to increase the interactivity and visual appeal of the course.
    e. Redesigned course files should not be Flash-based.
    f. Final scope of work and product details will be negotiated and agreed upon before contract is signed.
  2. Weekly meetings with MEASURE Evaluation to collaborate on and refine deliverable specifications based upon stakeholder input.
  3. Bi-monthly reports documenting the status of the project, progress made to date, and any technical assistance provided during the month.
  4. Other deliverables as agreed at contract signing.

Application Requirements

Organizations wishing to provide programming, IT, and technical assistance support services to redesign MEASURE Evaluation’s existing Fundamentals of Implementation Research Course by creating a create a dynamic, interactive, and media-rich version for high bandwidth must submit an application that describes their technical, organizational and logistical capacity to do so. The application should provide the following:

  1. Technical proposal
    The applicant should describe in detail their approach creating dynamic, interactive, and media-rich e-learning content. Based on a review of the existing course, the applicant should outline how it would mobilize its general e-learning approach and skill to update and repackage the Fundamentals of Implementation Research online certificate course. The applicant should also present a timeline for all activities.
  2. Organizational description
    The applicant should provide detailed information regarding their organization and describe the organization’s past experience in developing Web-based media and e-learning courses. The applicant should also detail their experience working within a Sakai LMS environment.

    The applicant should describe permanent staff and affiliated individuals that will implement the project. The applicant should name a project director to provide technical leadership, oversight, and coordination of all development activities that will serve as the primary contact with MEASURE Evaluation staff. Curriculum vitae (CV) of no more than 3 pages each for all technical staff should accompany the proposal.
  3. Budget
    Funding will be made available as per a schedule to be agreed upon at contract signing.

    Applicants should submit a line item budget of all anticipated costs. A budget narrative documenting assumptions, a description of line items and other documentation should accompany the budget. The line items should include at a very minimum: Personnel, Travel, Other Direct Costs, and Indirect Costs.

Deadlines

Questions on this RFA must be submitted electronically to measure_rfp@unc.edu no later than 5pm EST on July 3, 2013. Answers will be posted on the Web site by 5pm EST July 8, 2013.

The proposal must be submitted electronically to measure_rfp@unc.edu no later than 5pm EST on July 15, 2013.

Proposal Parameters

The proposal should be no more than 10 pages, 1.5 spaced with 1 inch margins and 11 point Arial font. Organization brochures and other supplemental promotional documents, curriculum vitae, and the budget will not count against page limits.

The ceiling for this sub-agreement is $25,000. Proposal budgets that exceed $25,000.00 will not be reviewed.

Proposal Review and Notification of Intent to Enter into a Sub-agreement

Following receipt of the applications, the MEASURE Evaluation team will review the received application materials and inform 3-5 of the most successful applicants (and notify the organizations not selected). Those applicants will be invited to make a presentation for MEASURE Evaluation staff, and the winning development team will be selected following those presentation meetings. Following that, the process of developing a sub-agreement with the successful applicant will begin.