Your RFP for evaluation services is terrible. You can fix it.

This 7-page guide assists with preparing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for evaluation services.

This resource and the following information was contributed to BetterEvaluation by Corey Newhouse.

Authors and their affiliation

Corey Newhouse, Public Profit

Key features

This brief, step-by-step guide will help users prepare high quality RFPs for evaluation services. The guide includes suggested source material for RFPs, a worksheet for users to list current data available for the evaluation, and proposed RFP sections.

Who is this resource useful for?

Commissioners/managers of evaluation; evaluators

How have you used or intend on using this resource?

This step-by-step guide to preparing RFPs for evaluation services helps prospective clients prepare an RFP that yields high quality responses. The guide was developed based on the author's experience with often poorly written RFPs and challenging RFP response processes.


  1. Scope of service
  2. Program models & goals
  3. Current data collection activities (including a program data checklist)
  4. The evaluation you seek (including purpose, questions, deliverables, budget)
  5. Evaluation logistics
  6. RFP logistics


Newhouse, C. (2015). Your RFP for evaluation services is terrible. You can fix it. Oakland: Public Profit.

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Diana Gibbs

Thank you for this excellent resource!  Clear and concise step-by-step guide for preparing an RFP.  

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