New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)
Contract for services to a New York business owned by a woman, minority, or veteran to conduct research for a state agency. The contractor will be required to evaluate, consult, and analyze case management data and produce a white paper/policy brief for the agency after conducting the required needs assessment. Eligible businesses include New York State Minority or Woman Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) and New York State Certified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB).
The New York State Office of Children & Family Services (OCFS) announces a discretionary funding opportunity for qualified entities that can conduct a comprehensive statewide needs assessment (CSNA) for The New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB). This advertisement is public notice that OCFS is seeking to contract with organizations to conduct a CSNA for NYSCB which should involve an evaluation of NYSCB case management data, along with primary data collection through the use of surveys and focus groups; leading to identification of specific areas in need for improvement within services and supports, program practices, and policies.
NYSCB provides vocational and rehabilitation (VR) services to about 4,500 consumers with blindness and visual impairment through seven (7) district offices located throughout New York State. Federal Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) regulations require that a comprehensive statewide needs assessment be conducted every three (3) years. The results and recommendations from this assessment are incorporated into the annual plan submitted by NYSCB to the RSA.
Activities/Work to be Performed
The funded organization will:
Conduct a CSNA for NYSCB to identify areas in need of improvement in services and supports, program practices, and policies as related to the provision of VR services to NYSCB consumers, consisting of the following five (5) research studies:
More information about the research studies can be found at: https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/contracts/funding/DISC1052/DISC1052-Comprehensive-Needs-Assessment.pdf#page=2.
GrantWatch ID#: 191582
There is a not-to-exceed threshold of $500,000.
Contract Term: January 1, 2021 – September 30, 2021 (nine months)
The contractor will develop one (1) white paper/policy brief, summarizing their analysis of the five (5) research studies. A draft version of the briefing is to be submitted to NYSCB by August 1, 2021 and the finalized version must be submitted to NYSCB no later than September 15, 2021.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Applicants must submit the required documents via email to RFP@ocfs.ny.gov no later than the deadline.
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Office of Children & Family Services
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