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Cooperative Agreement - Evidence-based Workforce Development Partnership Training – Curriculum Development/Conversion

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17 May 2022

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. This project aims to revise the current 40-Hour blended Evidence-based Workforce Development curriculum into a virtual instruction-led format.


This project aims to develop a blended training curriculum to provide criminal justice practitioners and stakeholders with the knowledge/skills needed to effectively support the workforce development and reentry efforts of justice-involved adults


Applicants must register with prior to submitting an application. NIC encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, NIC urges applicants to submit applications 72 hours prior to the application due date. All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on July 18, 2022


The tasks to be performed under this cooperative agreement will include review and revision of a blended Evidence-based Workforce Development training curriculum (to include a virtual instructor led format), facilitation of a pilot to evaluate the effectiveness of the training curriculum based on the Instructional Theory Into Practice (ITIP) model; develop/administer of pre/post assessment to evaluate the mastery of established competencies, knowledge and skills. The awardee will work collaboratively with the designated NIC project manager to select subject matter experts for the key informant focus group and instructors to co-facilitate the curriculum. In addition, the awardee will collaborate with the Project Manager to explore a procedure for providing professional certification and continuing education units for training participants.


The deliverables include;

  1. Planning meeting with the designated NIC Project Manager
  2. Quarterly project update meetings 3. Comprehensive review of the instructional material related to the existing Evidence-based Workforce Development Training program
  3. Comprehensive work plan to include a timeline for all goals/objectives/deliverables
  4. Draft course materials for review by the designated NIC project manager
  5. Participant training manual (to include a glossary of terms) in Word and PDF format)
  6. Instructor guide (to include facilitator script and teaching aids) in Word and PDF format
  7. PowerPoint slide deck

Applications must include in Program Narrative and Budget Narrative the incorporation of products delivered meet Plain Language and 508 Standards.

Following are the responses to questions received as of 06/09/2022 in response to the above solicitation:

Question 1: Am I correct in understanding that one applicant will be selected to provide these services for all of NIC? For example, if we applied, we wouldn’t be developing training our local criminal justice practitioners in Yavapai County, Arizona. Instead, we would be developing a training curriculum for NIC to use on a national level. Am I understanding that correctly?

Answer: Established as a national training program, this project focuses on the revision of the current 40-Hour blended Evidence-based Workforce Development Training supporting the training needs of criminal justice staff and stakeholders on a national level.

Question 2: Following that first question, when writing a “statement of the problem” in the program narrative, we are stating the problem that NIC faces in reintroducing justice-affected individuals into the workforce, NOT Yavapai County’s struggles with incarceration and reintroducing justice-affected individuals. Is that right?

Answer: As a national training project, the ‘statement of the problem” should reflect issues faced by justice-involved on a national level.

Question 3: Would our organization potentially be eligible for this grant?

Answer: Individuals/organization from nonprofit organizations (including faith-based, community, and tribal organizations), for-profit organizations (including tribal for-profit organizations), and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education are eligible to apply – noting the award will fund development/revision of the Evidence-based Workforce Development Training Curriculum.

Question 4: Would these funds provide training and support to help us better serve community members re-entering society?

Answer: The award supports the development of a curriculum to provide criminal justice staff and stakeholders with the skills to support the reentry and workforce development efforts of justice-involved adults.

Question 5: Is there a strict requirement for programs to have been run for 10 years?

Answer: As indicated, a proposal responsive to this solicitation should, at a minimum provide; evidence of ten years of experience managing national and/or regional training events, ten years of documented experience developing and facilitating virtual and instructor-led training sessions, and demonstrated experience capturing qualitative and quantitative data to access knowledge transfer, and evidence of the ability to facilitate a ‘key informant’ focus group to identify duty bands and job tasks.


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