Request for Proposals to Evaluate Programs to Increase Access to Services for Survivors of Crime

Posted in: Current Opportunities, Victims of Crime

Posted on October 11, 2017

 

Deadline to submit questions: Friday, October 27, 2017
Deadline to submit proposals: Friday, December 22, 2017

The New York County District Attorney’s Office (DANY) is requesting proposals to evaluate five of the programs funded under the Increase Access to Services for Survivors of Crime initiative. These programs aim to increase access to services for survivors of crime, particularly those from underserved groups, which may in turn increase crime reporting.

These programs are part of DANY’s broader investments in victims of crime, which collectively aim to increase awareness and use of services among victims of crime in order to better meet their needs.

Programs that address barriers to service access have the potential to increase service usage and increase reporting, both of which may improve survivor outcomes. Increased use of services and reporting may also facilitate the prosecution of criminals and mitigate the increased risk of criminal offending that is often associated with victimization or circumstances surrounding victimization, ultimately increasing public safety.

Of the 11 programs funded under the Increase Access to Services for Survivors of Crime initiative, five have been selected for evaluation as part of this solicitation. These programs have been selected for evaluation because they are new or innovative, because they have not been subject to a rigorous evaluation to date, and/or because they will be implemented in such a way that an evaluation is feasible. Specifically, DANY is interested in understanding how the programs are implemented, whether they are effective in increasing access to and use of services (e.g., rates of reporting victimization, rates of soliciting services following victimization, reduced disparities in reporting/access across demographic groups), and whether they are cost-effective. The evaluations could include a process evaluation, outcome evaluation, and/or return-on-investment (ROI) analysis, as described in the RFP.

This solicitation reflects DANY’s broad commitment to data-driven decision-making and to informing the research and practice field in New York and more widely.

DANY anticipates awarding one or more contracts for the evaluation of the five programs eligible for evaluation through this solicitation, with total funding up to $1.7 million to be spread across the contract term (up to 4.5 years) and one or more evaluators. Applicants may, but are not required, to propose to evaluate all five of the eligible programs.

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Deadlines

  • The deadline to submit questions about this RFP is Friday, October 27, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Questions should be submitted through the CJII application portal.
  • The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, December 22, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Proposals should be submitted through the CJII application portal.

Background

ISLG is the technical assistance consultant to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for CJII. ISLG provides input to DANY, manages and provides guidance to the grantees funded under CJII, and conducts oversight and performance measurement throughout the lifetime of the initiative. All funds are administered through the Research Foundation of CUNY (Research Foundation).


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