THE CARTER CENTER CONFLICT RESOLUTION PROGRAM – REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – Measurement, Evaluation, and Learning Partner for Community Resilience and Violence Mitigation Project.

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SUMMARY:

The Carter Center is beginning a new phase of a project to reduce identity-based violence and strengthen elections within the United States. This work revolves around three pillars of 1) community resilience, 2) interventions to address tendencies toward violent extremism and 3) development of an analytical risk model. The project will establish conflict resilience networks (CRNs) of community influencers in 14 communities in seven target states who will identify context-specific activities in their localities to strengthen democratic norms and mitigate violence. The seven states are Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

RFP SCOPE AND DELIVERABLES:

The Center is requesting proposals from potential Measurement, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) partners to help design and implement the project’s MEL framework. This includes:

  • Review and comment on the project’s logic framework and theories of change
  • Overall measurement of program outcomes on tendencies towards violence and understanding of and confidence in electoral and democratic processes, including a baseline survey and/or other approaches
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the process of forming conflict resilience networks (CRNs)
  • Monitoring and evaluation of capacity building interventions designed to strengthen CRNs
  • Measurement and evaluation of community outcomes of CRN actions, such as messaging campaigns, electoral code of conduct campaigns, and crisis response, including but not limited to, norm change, perceptions of risk, etc.
  • Measurement and evaluation of interventions to address individual tendencies towards violent extremism
  • Review and comment on model to analyze current identity-based violence to be provided to applicant after award
  • Utilization of context-sensitive and complexity-aware approaches to inform real-time project design
  • Quarterly monitoring reports to inform programming adjustments

TIMING/COST:

  • Activities will begin no later than September 1 and will be for an initial period of one year with a potential to renew.
  • The Center estimates an anticipated level of effort (LOE) range of 50-60 days over 12 months suggestive of the table below. However, alternative suggestions to how LOE should be allocated will be entertained.
ESTIMATEDACTIVITY / LOE (DAYS)Sept 2021Oct 2021Nov 2021Dec 2021Jan 2022Feb 2022Mar 2022Apr 2022May 2022June 2022Jul 2022Aug 2022
Advise on log frame1          
Present draft and then final MEL plan1        1 
Design of survey to assess community  threat perception and democratic norm adherence5           
CRN capacity building design and measurement2   1 1  1 
CRN activities impact measurement (survey, interviews, etc. to measure messaging, threat perception, norm change, behavioral change, etc.) 51111111111
Measuring tendencies to VE interventions  1  1 1    1
Risk Analysis Tool measurement    1    1    1    1
Reports  5  3  3  5
Total estimated days                5295812612613  8  
  • Awards will be made not to exceed a total of $79,500

TO APPLY:

Interested applicants should contact Ross Hegtvedt at ross.hegtvedt@cartercenter.org for additional information. Final proposals should be submitted by July 9, 2021 that includes:

  • Your proposed approach and ways of working
  • Responsibilities, level of effort, and rates for each consultant, including total cost for 12 months.
  • Statement of competency and examples of previous work

Applicants are asked to reference the above section “RFP SCOPE AND DELIVERABLES” in providing their written proposal. Proposals should be no longer than 15 pages not including annexes.

The Center will assess proposals using the following criteria and a rating scale:(In order of importance)

  1. MEL experience on related types of activities
  2. The proposed approach, including:
    1. Ability to provide evaluation data on a quarterly basis in a user-friendly format that can easily facilitate learning and adaptation
    1. Timeline that can support a rapid start-up
    1. Ability to work across different contexts
  3. Value for money

NON-DISCLOSURE AND CONFIDENTIALITY

Prospective suppliers should be aware that inappropriate publicity could have a serious effect on the Center’s activities. The information contained within this document or subsequently made available to applicants is deemed confidential and must not be disclosed without the prior written consent of Center, unless required by law.

INDEPENDENT PROPOSAL

By submission of a proposal, prospective suppliers warrant that the prices in the proposal have been arrived at independently, without consultation, communication, agreement or understanding for the purpose of restricting competition, as to any matter relating to such prices, with any other applicant or with any competitor.