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  • 1. REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL Alaska Humanities Forum Rose Urban Rural Exchange 421 W. First Avenue, Suite 300 Anchorage, AK 99501 (907) 272-5341 www.akhf.org The Alaska Humanities Forum is the state’s Humanities Council and is governed by a board of directors. Founded in 1972, the Forum is a private, non-profit organization based in Anchorage, Alaska, whose mission is, “to use the wisdom and methods of the humanities to enrich the civic, intellectual and cultural life of all Alaskans.” The Humanities Forum is funded through federal, state, and private funds. The Humanities Forum is seeking a consultant or consultants to assist in evaluating the Rose Urban Rural Exchange. Program Overview The New Program, a program funded through the U.S. Department of Education, was established to increase rural Alaska Native students’ opportunities for successful transition from their home culture/community to post-secondary urban/campus culture in order to meet their long-term goals of professional or leadership positions in their home community. Program Goals, Objectives and Outcomes – See attachment Evaluation Design The program evaluation will be interwoven into all phases of the project and will utilize formative and summative evaluation. The major question for evaluation will focus on the operation and goal of increasing rural Alaska Native students’ successful transition to postsecondary education. It will monitor students’ self-awareness, confidence, and readiness to begin the post-secondary cultural transition process, measuring how this looks at the beginning of the participation and how this looks after students complete participation; how family and community support better prepare students for this transition; and how cultural immersion experience will affect the faculty participants attitudes, opinions, and perceptions and prepare them to assist rural Alaska Native students in being successful. In developing instruments for collecting data on participants’ attitudes, beliefs, and actions, evaluators will draw on the considerable body of questions developed to reveal self awareness, confidence and readiness to experience a transition from home culture to mainstream academic culture. In addition, the evaluators will include items specifically designed to measure the effectiveness of the program. Data will be analyzed using basic descriptive statistics. Tasks to be accomplished · Utilize a mix of data collection techniques, both quantitative and qualitative, to develop the administration of questionnaires of students, community sponsors and faculty. Alaska Humanities Forum RFP – Evaluation of New Program Page 1 of 4
  • 2. · Participate in meetings and planning sessions with the staff, program contractors and Leadership Team advisory members · administer pre and post visit questionnaires · collect data from each of the following: the participating students – their character readiness to attend a post-secondary experience after participating in the phases of the program; self-reported changes in attitude and understanding of students with family and community support as better prepared to transition outside of their community for post-secondary training; and student participants readiness and understanding of post-secondary commitments and expectations.. the community sponsors of students – their satisfaction with the provisions of knowledge and understanding of the student’s endeavors and view of the quality of the learning; changes in their own knowledge of the transitional expectations for the student and family and tools to aide both; their understanding of post-secondary commitments and expectations. the faculty – what they knew about traditional Alaska Native cultures before the immersion experience, what they gained afterward; changes in attitude and perceptions; survey response to gains from participation in the immersion experience. · Analyze data and provide written reports at the end of each program year, which provide recommendations on improvements for the program as well as baseline changes in the program participants. This consultancy should begin in December 2009 and be completed no later than August 31, 2010. How to submit a proposal: Interested people should submit the following, no later than November 15, 2009 to: Laurie Evans- Dinneen, Alaska Humanities Forum, 421 W. First Avenue, Suite 300, Anchorage, AK 99501. For additional information, questions, or clarification, contact: Laurie Evans-Dinneen, Director, at (907) 272-5302. Basis for Award of Contract: lowest competitive bid based upon deliverables Please include the following information in your bid: 1. A proposal describing your qualifications (or the qualifications of the team of consultants) and how the tasks described above would be carried out (including evaluative instruments). 2. A firm estimate of fees to be charged, and an estimate of expenses that would be incurred. Vendor bids may not exceed $25,000. 3. Resumes of all consultants who would be involved in the project. 4. Names, phone numbers and contact people at three nonprofit organizations who have been your clients during the last 18 months, whom we can all on as references. 5. Interviews with finalists will be held at the end of November. Alaska Humanities Forum RFP – Evaluation of New Program Page 2 of 4
  • 3. Table 2: New Program Project Goal/Objectives/Outcomes Years 1 -3 Goal: To increase rural Alaska Native students’ opportunities for successful transition from their home culture/community to post-secondary urban/campus culture in order to meet their long-term goals of professional or leadership positions in their home community. Objective Outcome Performance Measure 1. To demonstrate self- 1. Student participants 1. 100% of the student awareness, confidence and will demonstrate self- participants will participate in a readiness of student awareness, confidence one-two week summer participants to begin the and readiness to begin urban/campus cultural post-secondary cultural the post-secondary awareness experience that will transition process. cultural transition. build self-awareness, confidence and readiness character. 2. To demonstrate that 2. Student participants 2. At least 90% of the student students with family and will demonstrate participants will enlist a community support are preparedness to community sponsor. better prepared to transition outside of their transition outside of their community for post- community for post- secondary training secondary training. through the enlisted support of a community or family sponsor. 3. To demonstrate that 3. Student participants 3. At least 85% of student student participants and and their sponsors will participants and their their sponsors will have an demonstrate that they community sponsors will understanding of post- have an understanding of participate in a four-day campus secondary commitments post-secondary cultural immersion experience and expectations. commitments and meeting with faculty and expectations. students in a series of events explaining the cultural expectations and the commitments necessary for a successful transition. 4. To demonstrate student 4. Student participants 4. In their senior year, at least participant character will demonstrate 85% of the students will readiness to become part character readiness to participate in a four-day campus of the campus culture.. become part of the immersion setting shadowing a campus culture. student mentor for classes, campus events and social settings. 5. To demonstrate that 5. Faculty participants 5. At least 10 faculty members entry level course faculty who participate in a rural each year (30 over the three year at UAA and Job Corps culture camp immersion project) will participate in a Alaska Humanities Forum RFP – Evaluation of New Program Page 3 of 4
  • 4. who undergo a cultural experience will cultural immersion experience immersion experience are demonstrate that they are to better prepare them to assist better prepared to assist better prepared to assist their rural Alaska Native rural Alaska Native rural Alaska Native students to be successful. students in being students to be successful successful in their courses. in their courses. Alaska Humanities Forum RFP – Evaluation of New Program Page 4 of 4