The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) seeks a research organization to serve as its research partner (“Partner”) in a review of its Community Service Grant (CSG) programs for public television and radio stations. CPB is funded through an annual appropriation from Congress, and the CSG programs are the mechanism for distributing more than 70% of the appropriation directly to 549 grantees. The Partner will present a plan for analyzing the effectiveness of the CSG policies and a description of how it will implement the plan.
Both the Radio and TV CSG programs were materially updated following a review of each in 2019. Now that these policies have been in effect for three years, CPB seeks to determine if the changes are having the desired outcomes and whether any additional changes are needed. To that end, the research work scope is expected to include the following:
• Analysis and benchmarking of station financial data (provided by CPB) and third-party socioeconomic data;
• Development of evaluation methodologies;
• Analysis of current grant distribution formulae’s effectiveness in meeting the objectives of the CSG program; and
• Preparation of reports and presentation materials
The Partner is expected to work closely and flexibly with CPB during all phases of the project, providing clear, concise analysis of data and written and oral presentations and reports that are easily understood and can be shared with stakeholders. The Partner will attend consultation panel, CPB Board or other meetings as requested by CPB. The successful applicant will have extensive experience in policy analysis and the ability to work with large databases to support complex analyses.
CPB anticipates this project will take place over 18-months and require approximately 2200 hours of work and the Partner will be compensated on an hourly basis. The agreement will be renewable at CPB’s sole discretion for an additional 300 hours over a 3-month period for any related work.