The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (“CPB”) seeks an entity or individual (“Strategic Advisor”) to assist CPB and the public media system in their efforts to support diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in public media’s children’s content, with a focus on DEI in creative and production teams. The Strategic Advisor will assist CPB in the development of a position statement on DEI in children’s content, that will position DEI as an essential pillar for public media’s children’s content service and will provide a framework for communicating about CPB’s actions to support DEI in children’s content. The Strategic Advisor will also assist CPB in the development of a strategy to broaden and support the talent pool for public media’s children’s content, which may include new ideas for engaging diverse emerging content creators, writers, and producers, ideas for partnerships or new initiatives to support DEI in CPB-funded children’s content productions, and introductions to key industry talent. The Strategic Advisor will also assist CPB in developing metrics to evaluate the success of CPB’s actions to support DEI in public media’s children’s content service, and will advise CPB on how best to communicate the impact of this work to partners and stakeholders. Upon request, the Strategic Advisor will also assist CPB in evaluating specific projects for funding and/or assessing the DEI efforts of individual children’s content projects.
Re: costs - our approach would be to build a team that brings a range of perspectives to such a project. The RFP states 20% of the RFP is cost proposal - do you have a budget in mind already that one should / could be aware of? Or would you recommend approaching this on a project basis (based on the hours outlined in the RFP)
To ensure competitive pricing, CPB will not disclose the amount budgeted for this project. Refer to Section 4 of the RFP for guidance on structuring your cost proposal.
Regarding the cost proposal, if we want to propose, for example, that one potential solution is assembling a group of diverse children's content experts to speak to CPB or the stations or a writer and director's lab, those projects will have their own separate budgets that will be developed later, correct? Are there any additional guidelines for budgets?
Refer to Section 4 of the RFP for guidance on structuring your cost proposal. If additional projects grow out of this work, those projects would be budgeted separately from the activities described in this RFP.
The RFP states: "In 2016, CPB engaged a Strategic Advisor for Diversity in Children’s Content Production, to conduct an analysis of the current children’s media production landscape as it pertains to diversity and produce a series of recommendations. The reports that resulted from this Strategic Advisor’s work will be provided to the successful applicant. Since the time of the previous advisor’s work, CPB has provided funding to individual series in support of DEI, and now wants to build on these efforts in a broader, more systemic way." Are you able to share whether that was a research organization, an individual, or a different kind of entity? I am curious whether our background would be a good fit and what your reasoning is to bid this out again at this time.
The previous Strategic Advisor was an individual. This RFP is open to both entities and individuals. Refer to the RFP for CPB’s reasons for this new scope of work.
We plan to make a decision within a few weeks of March 15.
Refer to Section 4 of the RFP for guidance on structuring your proposal.
Proposals must be submitted through CPB’s electronic grants management system (GMS). Refer to Section 6 of the RFP.
We expect that meetings for this project will take place via phone/virtually. If safe travel becomes an option during the initial or optional terms, it would be at CPB’s discretion and consistent with the travel policy in Exhibit A of the RFP.
CPB will evaluate proposals based on the selection criteria in Section 5 of the RFP. Applicants will be evaluated based on their ability to perform and complete the tasks described in the RFP.
CPB will evaluate proposals based on the selection criteria in Section 5 of the RFP.