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Children’s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi Invitation for Bids (IFB) Evaluation of Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) in Mississippi

Children’s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi Invitation for Bids (IFB) Evaluation of Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) in Mississippi Issue Date: April 30, 2019 Location: P.O. Box 5348 Jackson, MS 39296

BID Coordinator Christy Ainsworth, L.C.S.W. P.O. Box 5348 Jackson, MS 39296 601.940.6183 Ext. 1006

CLOSING DATE AND TIME Bids must be received by May 31, 2019, at 9:00 AM (CST)

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Mississippi (CACM) is seeking bids for a contract to evaluate the efficacy of the Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) program in Mississippi. BACKGROUND: Child Advocacy Studies Training (CAST) is an interdisciplinary program for students entering the fields of criminal justice, social work, nursing, psychology, law, medical school, or seminaries. This program involves a multidisciplinary approach while students are in higher education classes that allows the various disciplines to learn to work together to prevent, identify and work with situations involving child abuse and neglect. CAST is a unique program that can be catered to the needs of each university and it brings academia into application by teaching students the skills necessary to work effectively as part of the team that reflects the real world experience.

CAST in Mississippi: Based on a funding invitation made by Silent Tears at the National Attorney Generals’ Conference, a program was developed to comprehensibly implement CAST on a large scale throughout the Mississippi Higher Education System. Although CAST has been targeted at institutions throughout the country, no state had attempted to make a systemic change by encouraging all institutions in a state to develop CAST simultaneously. Children’s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi, State of Mississippi Office of the Attorney General, Mississippi Department of Human Services, and the Gundersen National Training Center collaborated to implement the project in August 2015.

Currently we have 25 schools, one medical school and two law schools implementing CAST. CACM is seeking a university or agency to evaluate the effectiveness of CAST in Mississippi to date. The anticipated evaluation will need to assess the implementation of CAST and what impact it has had on students. The evaluation period will be two years and will include the following academic year 19/20 and 20/21. The contract will be effective from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2021.

BID OUTLINE Bids will be accepted until 9:00 a.m. CST on May 31, 2019. Bids must include: • Coversheet • Project logic model • Project evaluation goals and performance measures • Timeline.

Finally, the evaluator will attend to considerations of validity (measurement accuracy) and reliability (consistency of results) throughout the project. Upon execution of a contract, the successful vendor will:

  1. Ensure that the Project Evaluation Goals are assessed and reported to CACM.
  2. Collect, analyze and report all performance measures required by the CACM.

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