REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
Monitoring & Evaluation | Deadline: June 12, 2019
Budget: $70,000 - $90,000
*Proposals submitted after 5:00pm will not be considered
In support of Girl Up
United Nations Foundation
1750 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Suite 300
Washington D.C. 20006
OVERVIEW OF CONTENTS:
2. BACKGROUND OF ORGANIZATION
3. PROJECT OVERVIEW
6. SCOPE OF WORK
7. CONTRACT TERMS
8. PROPOSAL GUIDELINES & REQUIREMENTS
9. INSTRUCTIONS FOR FINAL SUBMISSION
Girl Up, an initiative of the United Nations Foundation, is accepting proposals for a project to validate and build out a robust monitoring and evaluation system for Girl Up’s overall program and leadership development framework.
The purpose of this RFP is to provide a fair evaluation for all candidates and to provide the candidates with the evaluation criteria against which they will be judged.
2. BACKGROUND OF ORGANIZATION
Girls have a tremendous, often untapped, power to change the world. Girl Up helps girls tap into their inner power to advance girls’ skills, rights, and opportunities to lead. Our leadership development program transforms girls by exposing them to new possibilities, increasing their sense of confidence, and enhancing their skills to be changemakers in their communities. Girl Up is inspiring a generation of girls to be a force for gender equality and social good.
Girls who participate in Girl Up programs learn to organize and mobilize their communities, developing and strengthening their skills to create social change by becoming leaders for gender equality. Our programs help girls become activists for girls’ rights in their own communities and across the globe. Through Girl Up, girls are connected to a global network of other girl leaders, building an interconnected community across geography and cultures. Together, girls’ voices are powerful and their impact is meaningful.
Girl Up leadership programs have gained tremendous traction with girls in the U.S. and globally, and they are vehicles for social change at a global level. Our leadership programming is delivered through our Teen Advisor program, Leadership Summits, Girl Up Clubs, WiSci Girls’ STEM Camps, among others.
- Girl Up has more than 3,000 Clubs in 112 countries with Club Coalitions and Regional Leaders in more than 50 regions around the world. Currently Girl Up’s membership is approximately 60% US-based and 40% outside the U.S.
- Girl Up hosts annual Leadership Summits in the United States, Mexico, and the United Kingdom, with girl-led Regional Summit in more than 20 global cities every year.
- Girl leaders have hosted more than 15,000 activities in their local communicate to raise awareness about and take action on gender issues, both locally and globally.
- Girl Up leaders and their Clubs have affected policy change around the world, with an impressive record of legislation passed in the United States, Guatemala, Malawi, and elsewhere. In collaboration with local and national organizations, community leaders, and UN agencies, Girl Up members advocate for policies that are changing girls’ lives.
- Since 2010, girl leaders have raised millions of dollars for United Nations programs that help ensure tens of thousands of girls around the world are safe, healthy, and have access to education.
- A 2015 external retrospective impact evaluation demonstrated that 72% of Girl Up Club program participants experience an increase sense of self-esteem and 92% of Girl Up Club program participants increase their social and civic participation.
3. PROJECT OVERVIEW
Girl Up has recently built a robust program and leadership development framework to drive program strategy, curriculum development, and meaningful impact. The framework reflects the strategic shift Girl Up has made in recent years to position ourselves as a global organization that is the gold standard in girls’ leadership development.
Through this framework, we have captured the “Changemaker Transformation” that occurs as girls engage with our programs and are 1) exposed to gender equality issues, 2) connected with a broader community, and 3) trained to be leaders on gender equality. We have identified core components and sub-components for these three programmatic pillars. As part of this process, we have also refined and strengthen our unique approach to the leadership development journey of our girl participants, anchoring in the skills to become a leader of self, leader of peers, and leader of change.
To achieve our goal to develop a robust M&E system that demonstrates the impact of our unique framework and positions Girl Up as the gold standard in our field, we are seeking the support of an M&E consultant to achieve the following objectives:
- To review our existing program and leadership development framework and program annual plans and assess our current M&E structure, including current internal performance metrics and systems of measurement
- Validate the areas listed above and/or propose and implement improvements as they are identified, ensuring we have the right measurement instruments and indicators of success
- Determine the criteria of each aspect of leadership (leader of self, leader of peers, leader of change) and identify how to measure each skill with the use of validated instruments, as well as the growth of each skill throughout a girl’s leadership journey with Girl Up
- Design and implement a robust M&E system including quantitative and qualitative measurement instruments, prioritizing the use of validated instruments, to track girls’ growth and leadership development across all Girl Up programs and programming
- Provide a preliminary report with a small sample set, utilizing the new/refined measurement system and instruments to demonstrate results of system and share initial findings
- Transition this M&E system and approach to Girl Up’s internal team to sustain long-term
To be effective, a robust M&E system for Girl Up must be:
- Accessible to implement for “lay people” who oversee daily management of programs
- Must balance the need for robust and precise metrics with the realities of the existing demands on Girl Up’s staff
- Emphasize data that is helpful for Girl Up to make decisions about how to improve programs
- Able to be adapted to diverse cultures, considering that Girl Up participants represent more than 100 countries and that leadership criteria may differ depending on country/region
- Developed with ability to support large volumes of participants
- Utilize validated measurement instruments and/or instruments specifically tailored for leadership/youth leadership
Girl Up staff will provide the current version of the program and leadership development framework, along with program annual plans and the aggregated program KPIs and measurement tools to date. Currently, Girl Up collects both quantitative and qualitative data in the form of pre/post surveys, retrospective surveys, and individual interviews, however these instruments were developed in a piecemeal way and prior to the articulation of our program and leadership development framework. Our current M&E approach does not provide the full or long-term impact that Girl Up is making in the lives of our girl participants. We endeavor to shift from program-specific and ad hoc M&E practices to an organization-wide, robust M&E system that reflects our overarching three programmatic pillars.
Ideally, we are seeking an institution or firm that can comprehensively 1) define and develop criteria for Girl Up’s three components of girls’ leadership development, where possible building off the current evidence base for girls/youth leadership development to extrapolate long-term impact from existing research and 2) develop a go-forward M&E approach for Girl Up. Alternatively, an institution or firm that is able to provide for one of the above portions of the project will also be considered.
Evaluation criteria will prioritize experience with measurement of youth/girls’ leadership development, demonstrated history of developing best-in-class M&E systems, the ability to execute M&E instruments both digitally and in-person, and the ability to implement a practical and sustainable M&E system, keeping in mind that our team does not include a rigorous M&E technical background and that Girl Up does not have direct face-to-face interaction with every program participant.
Upon completion of this project, Girl Up will maintain control of the finalized program and leadership development framework, the established system of monitoring and evaluation, and new or refined monitoring and evaluation instruments.
This project is intended to be for Girl Up’s internal program development and improvement, not for external publication.
4. TIMELINE Delivery Date
Proposals due at 5pm EST
06/17/2019 – 06/19/2019
Meetings with vendors and follow up questions
Vendor selected and notified via email