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Request for Proposals: Consulting Services, Adverse Childhood Experiences

Request for Proposals
Consulting Services


United Way of Greater Portland, on behalf of Thrive 2027, seeks to develop and implement a training model to advance its work to become a trauma-informed community. United Way of Greater Portland requests proposals to complete a project that includes surveying community partners around current needs, developing a training model based on input, and implementing with Thrive2027 funded partners.

Scope of Services

This RFP seeks a planning consultant to be responsible for designing and facilitating provider training in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) for funded community partners (listed below) in consultation with Thrive2027 Goal Cabinets and United Way of Greater Portland.  This process is divided into two components and each must include the following:

  1. Training Design – not to exceed $5,000 and to be completed no later than December 30, 2020.
    • Interact with Thrive2027 Goal Cabinets to identify and outline desired outcomes
    • Research existing models and opportunities for ACEs support in the community
    • Survey community partners to:
      • Understand gaps in ACEs education, training and support
      • Understand the expressed desire of partners for resource support in order to be a more trauma-informed organization within the community
    • Develop a clearly outlined training support plan that includes:
      • Consideration of cross-sector needs that may lead to varied implementation
      • Information about measuring the success of the training. Thrive2027 has developed a set of key strategies and shared measurement so the community can understand the results of their programming and the impact on the goals we are trying to reach together. The trainings would include possible program measures to make it easier to have a cycle of continuous improvement in programs.
  1. Training Implementation – not to exceed $25,000. Training to begin spring 2021 and to be concluded as quickly as planning and implementation allows.
    • Cost to include all expenses necessary to finalize training
    • Coordinate with UWGP, Thrive2027 Goal Cabinets, and other community partners to implement designed training
    • Include a proposed calendar
    • Gather feedback and pre-determined measures after trainings for evaluation and process-improvement
    • Create a recommendation for how to carry forward this work after trainings are completed

Submittal Instructions

Please describe for United Way your qualifications to provide the requested services, and include the following:

  • Proposals must list at least two projects that are substantially similar to this project as part of their response, including references for each. Examples of work should be provided as well.
  • Consultant must have a comprehensive knowledge of best practices for training and ongoing support for those working with people of all ages who have Adverse Childhood Experiences.
  • A written proposal that is not more than 10 pages must include an overview of the proposed planning process, work streams, and deliverables. In addition, the proposal should include a proposed schedule and milestones, as applicable.
  • The proposal fee cannot exceed $30,000 and should indicate the overall fixed price for the project as well as hourly rates and an estimated total number of hours.
  • Proposals must be signed by a representative that is authorized to commit the company/consultant.
  • If you have a standard set of terms and conditions, please submit them with your proposal. All terms and conditions will be subject to negotiation.
  • Proposals must remain valid for a period of 90 days.
  • Proposals must be submitted via email, no later than October 30, 2020, to

Jennifer Burns at jburns@unitedwaygp.org.

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Evaluation Criteria

United Way of Greater Portland will rate proposals based on the following criteria:

  1. Responsiveness to the requirements set forth in this Request for Proposals
  2. Relevant past performance/experience and expertise
  3. Samples of work
  4. Cost

Tentative Schedule

Distribute request for proposals: 10/1/20

Proposal submission deadline: 10/30/20

Interview with candidates: 11/9 and 11/10/20

Notice to proceed: 11/16/20

Information gathering completed: January 2021

Training implemented: TBD based on proposal, but must begin winter/spring 2021

Background Information

Thrive2027, a community commitment to achieve three 10-year goals to drive measurable and meaningful change in Greater Portland, was developed in 2016. It was created to ensure more kids will have a strong start; more individuals will thrive –not just survive; and more people will live longer, better. The focus is on solving problems through deliberate, coordinated community action, bringing organizations and individuals together in new, networked ways across sectors.

The Thrive2027 Goal Cabinets, utilizing data and community knowledge, identified a need to focus on ACEs and resilience, understanding that a trauma-informed community is an essential component to moving all three goals.  

You can find a list of UWGP’s community partners funded in Fiscal Year 2021 on our web page.

Proposals must be submitted via email, no later than October 30, 2020, to Jennifer Burns at jburns@unitedwaygp.org.

Download a PDF Version of this RFP.