Measuring & Evaluating CPB’s Collaboration Initiatives


See guidelines for specific qualifications.


October 13, 2021

Request for Proposals

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) seeks the services of an organization or individual (“Consultant”) to measure and evaluate CPB’s support for strategic collaborations among public television and radio stations, its impact on the public media system’s sustainability, and the retention or expansion of public media services. Additionally, the consultant will analyze the effectiveness of CPB’s Collaborative Operations and Services (COS) grant program and provide recommendations on how to enhance it based on the consultant’s findings.

To ensure the analysis is objective and balanced, applicants must not be currently consulting, or have consulted in the past three years, directly or indirectly, on any of the public media collaborations being analyzed. If applicant has consulted on any collaboration or merger for public media at any time in the past, please list the projects in your proposal response.

CPB will compensate the Consultant on a fixed fee basis for the initial analysis. At its discretion, CPB may choose to engage in additional analyses at an hourly rate. Of the 37 collaboration grants, the Consultant will analyze a sample. CPB estimates up to 25 grants will be selected for analysis, requiring a maximum of 2,000 estimated hours. The contract term is expected to be for 6 to 8 months. CPB will have the option to extend the term of the agreement for two additional 3-month terms, at its sole discretion, for any additional assistance CPB may require for continued or related work.

Please download the Request for Proposals below for detailed information, including application requirements.
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Application Procedure and General Questions:

Applicants must submit their technical and cost proposals through CPB’s electronic grants management system.

To gain access to the electronic grants management system, please send an email request to Shawn Richardson, Project Manager, at, no later than Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 5:00pm ET. CPB will provide access to eligible applicants within two business days. If your organization already has an account within CPB’s electronic grants system, you must still request access to this RFP.

Once access is granted, applicants will be able to upload the technical proposal and the cost proposal separately in the appropriate fields. Proposals are due Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 4:00pm Eastern Time. All questions related to this RFP must be submitted in writing no later than Monday, October 4, 2021 to Mr. Richardson at the email address above. The questions and CPB’s responses will be posted on CPB’s website without attribution.