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National Employment Survey RFP

Kessler Foundation is seeking proposals from qualified public or non-profit teams experienced in survey research and design to conduct a comprehensive survey on the employment status of working age persons (18-64) with disabilities.  The project is expected to begin on or about June 1, 2014 and must be completed by April 30, 2015. Extending the period of performance is not permitted.

The objective of this nationally representative survey is to inform the general public, disability advocates, business community, government, funders and others on the status of employment for individuals with disabilities. This information can be used for research, employment recruitment and hiring, policy development and grantmaking. Candidates are expected to design the survey instrument, sampling and data collection methodologies, select or acquire survey samples, collect, process and analyze data, and prepare a written report of survey results.

Survey results will be released publicly in July 2015 for the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Who Can Apply
Tax-exempt entities according to the Internal Revenue code may apply for funding. This includes US based non-profit organizations, public/private schools and public institutions, such as universities and government. Application is open to eligible organizations in any state or territories. Kessler Foundation will not fund projects that discriminate in hiring staff or providing services on basis of disability, race, gender, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, age or national origin.

Organizations may apply for a one-year grant up to $500,000. Indirect expenses are funded up to 15%.

Our Process and Selection
All applicants complete an online grant request. Proposals should demonstrate that the organization has the professional capability and availability to satisfactorily and timely complete all tasks.

Kessler Foundation will evaluate all proposals and assign scores based on the following criteria:

  • Compliance with RFP
  • Understanding of project scope and design
  • Ability to complete the work within the timeframe specified
  • Qualifications of the project team, including but not limited to, its experience and personnel assigned to the project and subcontractors, if any

Respondents will be evaluated and scored according to qualifications and experience of professional personnel assigned to the project and the organization’s ability to meet project budget requirements.

A webinar meeting may be held with potential grantees.

Scope of Work

The services to be provided, at a minimum, shall include:

  • Create a nationally, representative sample of working age persons with disabilities
  • Development and design of  survey items in collaboration with Kessler Foundation
  • Conduct telephone survey
  • Collect survey responses and compile results into a comprehensive report of findings

Sample Size and Data Collection

  • Random sample of adults with disabilities between the ages of 18 and 64 residing in the United States
  • Minimum sample size  N=3,000
  • 50 question survey minimum

Statistical Analysis and Report

  • Dataset of completed interviews in Excel or SPSS
  • Comprehensive report including executive summary, survey methodology, charts, detailed tabular results

Data Sharing
All research data collected and/or generated in the course of this research project, including original and derivatives of research data, is the property of Kessler Foundation. Use of data in any form by the grantee is permitted but requires prior consent of Kessler Foundation, and will be provided at no cost to the grantee or the Foundation.

 Key Dates

Application Deadline March 3, 2014 at 5 pm EST
Grant Acceptance Notification     May 2014

How to Apply
All eligible candidates are invited to submit an application online by March 3, 2014 by 5 pm EST. Click here to apply

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