To address flaws in national-level curriculum and teacher training and strengthen the implementation of evidence-based early grade reading instruction in Haitian schools, in 2017 the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a new program known as the Early Reading Project (ERP). Under ERP, USAID works with the LAC/READS program and its partner (FONHEP); UND, and UNICEF to implement a streamlined and enhanced early grade reading program.

ERP is a two-year intervention in the first two grades of primary school in up to approximately 450 public, community, and semi-private Haitian schools. The ERP program has the following three objectives:

  1. Improve the MENFP’s capacity to implement and eventually scale reading reform
  2. Improve teachers’ ability to teach early grade reading
  3. Improve students’ early grade reading outcomes

This impact evaluation is intended to assess the effectiveness of the ERP intervention on early grade reading among grade 1 and grade 2 students in targeted schools as compared to their peers in non-targeted homologous schools.

The primary stakeholders for this evaluation include the Ministry of Education and Professional Training (MENFP), USAID/Haiti, the Early Reading Project implementing partners (the LAC/Reads program, UNICEF, UND, and UNOPS), and other donors and entities active in Haiti’s education sector (the World Bank, JICA, IDB, World Vision), and a variety of NGOs and religious affiliations devoted to improving learning in Haitian primary schools. The program is currently being implemented in the departments of Artibonite, Ouest, Grand’Anse, Sud, Sud-Est, Nord, and Nord-Est.

USAID has contracted Social Impact’s (SI) Haiti Evaluation and Survey Services (ESS) project to design and implement an independent evaluation of its Early Reading Program (ERP) project. The evaluation is being implemented over two and a half years and will be comprised of three discrete data collection events: baseline (Fall 2017), midline (Spring 2019), and endline (Spring 2020). This procurement is solely for the endline data collection phase.

SI requests that all bidders examine the specific requirements contained in this Request for Proposals (RFP) and prepare responses pursuant to the terms of this RFP.

The deadline for questions was Monday, February 10, 2020 8:00 AM ET. Questions received and SI’s responses can be found here.

Please refer to the RFP for detailed documentation of the project background and scope of work. When submitting budgets please use the attached template.

Points of contact:

Christina Seybolt : [email protected]

Wesner Antoine : [email protected]

Basab Dasgupta: [email protected]

Jennifer Mandel : [email protected]act.com