Request for Proposal Sprint

Starts:  Jan 30, 2024 12:00 PM (ET)
Ends:  Apr 2, 2024 01:00 PM (ET)
  • Registration deadline: December 15th 2023

  • Sprint start date: The week of January 29th, 2024

  • Sprint end date: The week of April 1st, 2024

  • Duration: 6 weeks

  • Structure: Weekly cohort and coaching sessions, totaling 2-3 hours of work per week.

  • Session time: TBD. Dates and times will be determined based upon participants' availability.

  • Eligibility to register: Local/city governments in the U.S.

  • Recommended audience: City staff that work within the city’s procurement office.

  • Languages: English

Request for Proposal Sprint

The Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab (GPL) for a 6-week virtual RFP learning sprint. You will work with a cohort of cities to draft your RFP from start to finish: developing problem statements, outlining goals, establishing contract performance metrics, drafting scopes of work, and identifying proposal evaluation criteria. The goal of the sprint is not only to help you craft an effective results-driven RFP that delivers high-quality services to residents, but also to help you and your team master best practices in procurement.

The Sprint will help cities to achieve the following criteria:

  • RDC1: Your local government defines strategic goals & desired outcomes for key procurements, contracts, &/or grants.

  • RDC2: Your local government uses metrics to measure outcomes or impacts for key procurements (disaggregated by geographic and demographic subgroups when possible), & flag when performance is off track during the course of a contract. 

  • RDC4: Your local government uses procurement & contracting approaches that incentivize vendors to work toward your local government’s strategic goals defined in the contracts, procurements, &/or grants.

Space is limited, register today!

*Do to the limited nature of this engagement, registration is NOT a guarantee of participation. Representatives from GPL will hold scoping calls with cities in the beginning of January to determine fit.


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About What Works Cities

This learning opportunity and more are available to staff in cities that have completed our online self-Assessment for What Works Cities Certification. The What Works Cities Certification program, launched in 2017 by Bloomberg Philanthropies and led by Results for America, is the first-of-its-kind standard of excellence for data-driven, well-managed local government. Open to cities in North and South America with a population of at least 30,000, What Works Cities Certification welcomes cities at all points in their data journey. Take the Assessment, join our Community and lead with data!