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Questions and Responses: Request for Qualifications for Collective Impact Planning and Facilitation Services

Date: September 21, 2011

Contact: Ellen Bauer, PhD, MPP
Health Action Program Manager
Sonoma County Department of Health Services
(707) 565-6680

Question 1: "In Question #1 of your Requirements for Statement of Qualifications you ask for the consultants' "experience implementing the collective impact approach or other similar approaches that work with diverse, cross-sector partnerships to achieve commitment to a common objective and to achieve lasting impact." Then in Question #3, you ask us to "Describe your level of knowledge and expertise on effective collective impact efforts across the country. Describe how you would use this knowledge to inform the design and implementation of this project." My question is: Are you seeking a consultant that is experienced in facilitating processes of this specific name (Collective Impact) and/or associated with the originators of the process? Or are you looking for consultants who utilize the 5 basic tenants of collective impact process to achieve similar objectives whether they are specifically trained/affiliated or not?"

Answer: The Department of Health Services is looking for consultants with experience implementing the collective impact approach or other similar approaches that work with diverse, cross-sector partnerships to achieve commitment to a common agenda and to achieve lasting impact. Other approaches that use the 5 basic tenants of the collective impact process to achieve similar objectives will be considered. It is not required that consultants have previously used or identified with the "collective impact" label or have any association with the originators of the approach.

Question 2: "Do you have a preference as to whether the planning should take place in multiple locations throughout the regions of Sonoma County or is it preferred that planning activities be held in one location?"

Answer: The Department of Health Services is open to suggestions about how the planning process can best position Health Action for success. At this point, there are not any specific preferences regarding the location of planning activities.

Question 3: "The responses to the four questions on page six are supposed to be limited to 2 pages. Is that two pages per question or two pages to answer all four questions?"

Answer: Please limit your response to a total two (2) typed pages that includes your responses to all four (4) questions.

Question 4: "Is there a set schedule for when the work begins? Can the work begin in January?"

Answer: It is expected that contract negations and the contract approval process will take place in October and November 2011. While there is a strong desire to begin the work as soon as possible, the Department of Health Services will negotiate with the selected consultant(s) to develop a mutually agreed upon scope of work and schedule.

Download the RFQ

Request for Qualifications for Collective Impact Planning and Facilitation Services (pdf)

Qualifications are due September 26, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.

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