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Request For Proposal: Civic Engagement Evaluation Service

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights is requesting proposals for the purpose of launching an effort to develop evaluation measurements and metrics to assist state agencies in their civic engagement work. We are seeking proposals to assist in this effort. This enterprise-wide evaluation effort is a part of the Diversity and Inclusion Council’s Civic Engagement Plan.

The Diversity and Inclusion Council  is made up of members from the Governor’s Cabinet and is chaired by the Governor. Its goal is to increase diversity and ensure inclusion in state employment, state contracting, and civic engagement.

The Civic Engagement Plan is a strategic plan within the Diversity and Inclusion Council aimed at moving state government to a model known as “meaningful engagement,” the intentional effort of government to facilitate meaningful dialog with all members of the public in its work and in the development of policy. The plan is focused on efforts to improve meaningful engagement with communities of color, American Indian communities, LGBTQ communities, and people with disabilities. The Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) leads the implementation of the Civic Engagement Plan.

This project would help the state work toward Goal 4 in the “Build Infrastructure” section of the Civic Engagement Plan. The goal specifies that agencies should measure qualitative and quantitative indicators when performing meaningful engagement. Measures should include assessing who is involved and impacted by public policy, the quality of the conversation, and the educational impact of the process. In a survey administered in 2015, more than 20 agencies of the 24 cabinet agencies asked for help with measuring their civic engagement work.

Work is anticipated to start after November 30, 2017.

Informational Webinar

An optional informational webinar was held to review this information and answer questions from 1 – 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 .

If you missed the informational webinar, please click here to catch it on YouTube.

Copy Request

To get a copy of the Request for Proposals, you may download from our website or send a written request, by email, to:

Nicholas Kor
Civic Engagement Director
625 N Robert St
Saint Paul, MN 55155

Proposal Deadline

Proposals submitted in response to the Request for Proposals in this advertisement must be received by mail or email no later than 2:00 p.m., central time, on October 25, 2017. Late proposals will not be considered. Faxed proposals will not be considered.

This request does not obligate the State to complete the work contemplated in this notice. The State reserves the right to cancel this solicitation. All expenses incurred in responding to this notice are solely the responsibility of the respondents.

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