“The U.S. Department of Education (the ‘Department’) will issue a Request for Quote (‘RFQ’) in FY22 to contract with a vendor, to provide ongoing training and technical assistance to Promise Neighborhood implementation grantees, aspiring grantees and the field, and the Department (ED). The contract will focus on skill development, knowledge transfer, performance measurement and program evaluation. The contract will provide the assistance in many ways, including one-on-one consultation, group sessions, classroom and on-line training, facilitation, in-person meetings and conferences, written products, and web-based products. This document serves as the Department’s vendor outreach and engagement effort and requests feedback on multiple aspects of this planned procurement. The Request for Capability Statements is reserved for small businesses only. This is to determine whether or not to set this procurement aside for small business concerns. However, both large and small businesses may respond to Vendor Questions and comments to the PWS…”
The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)) makes strategic investments in innovative educational practices through more than 30 discretionary grant programs and coordinates the public school choice and supplemental educational services provisions. OESE leads ED efforts to accelerate the development and broad adoption of new programs, processes, and strategies that will lead to significantly improved educational achievement for all American children. OESE works to encourage innovation both externally and internally, through direct investment in high-need areas and by building ED’s internal capacity to support innovative solutions.
The purpose of the Promise Neighborhoods program is to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth in our most distressed communities and to transform those communities. The vision of the Promise Neighborhoods program is that all children and youth living in our most distressed communities have access to great schools and strong systems of family and community support that will prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college and a career…”
The contractor shall provide ongoing training and technical assistance to PN implementation grantees, aspiring grantees and the field, and ED. The Contract will focus on skill development, knowledge transfer, performance measurement and program evaluation. The Contract will provide the assistance in many ways, including one-on-one consultation, group sessions, classroom and on-line training, facilitation, in-person meetings and conferences, written products, and web-based products. Goals and objectives of PN training and training and technical assistance include:
- Increasing productivity and output by grantees;
- Enhancing staff skills and knowledge;
- Ensuring compliance with Federal regulations;
- Promoting adoption of best practices;
- Sharing information and resources;
- Reporting against GPRA measures;
- Preparation for program evaluation; and
- Improving quality of services.
Training and technical assistance for the PN program is defined as ongoing mentoring, training, and guidance that address the management, organization and project implementation needs of the PN grantees. The purpose of providing training and technical assistance is to ensure grantees successfully implement their projects, inform the broader field, and assist ED with developing relevant policy. At a minimum, the Contractor shall ensure that its training and technical assistance efforts are framed around supporting the development of each grantee’s strategy for building a continuum of solutions with strong schools at the center, and the grantee’s capacity to achieve results. The Contractor shall also collaborate with other organizations and Federal agencies, as ED deems necessary.
In addition, grantees are also required to complete an ad-hoc APR data collection instrument. The purpose of the ad-hoc data collection instrument is for grantees to submit data indicators that represent the full calendar year, as well as submit qualitative information describing the grantee’s progress on data collection and measurement. The contractor will need to analyze the data submitted in Sections A and C of the APR report and from the ad-hoc APR data collection instruments. In addition, the contractor will write a report summarizes these data sources for ED to use to report on the progress of the Promise Neighborhood initiative, as well as help inform ED about the status of data collection and progress of the individual grantees.
The summary report shall include the following:
- a general description of the Promise Neighborhood program;
- a summary of grantees’ continuum of solutions and their partnerships and organizational capacity from Section C;
- a summary of the grantees’ data collection methods;
- a discussion of any concerns about missing data and the validity and reliability of the data;
- aggregated statistics on grantees’ performance on GPRA measures;
- a discussion of the context of the GPRA outcomes; and
- a discussion of the successes and challenges of collecting and using data captured in Section C…”
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