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Cooperative Agreement - Multi-Project Video Production Services

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15 Jun 2022

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 for video production services specific to a number of on-going NIC projects.


The goals of this cooperative agreement are to:

  1. Capture, create and produce professional quality, high resolution videos for inclusion in elements of currently on-going projects
  2. Creation of a variety of short video clips
  3. Filmed interviews conducted during at least two national conferences, in NIC learning products, the NIC website, print materials and in NIC’s Learning Management System.


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 August 15, 2022.


  1. Conduct an initial meeting (either virtual or in-person) with the NIC project manager and the correctional program specialists involved in each topic segment within 30 days of award to clarify goals and objectives, discuss and develop a timeline of activities, clarify roles, discuss the overview of the project, and develop the project concept plan that will be used to guide the project. This meeting could potentially be conducted in-person if the location of the awardee is convenient to the NIC office in Washington, DC.
  2. Provide a draft concept plan for accomplishing the work within 14 business days of the initial meeting (see above).
  3. Identify topic teams in collaboration with NIC staff and determine appropriate approaches through diversified scenarios for the project segments.
  4. Provide periodic reports as listed and engage in all planning and production activities.
  5. Provide deliverables listed below that are professional in appearance, high resolution, meet current federal 508 compliance requirements, and which meet the formal approval of NIC project manager.


In addition to the strategy and content of the video vignettes and illustrative graphics, the successful applicant must complete the following deliverables during the project period. The project narrative should reflect how the applicant will accomplish these activities. It should be assumed that scripted vignettes would require the contracting of paid actors. Items denoted as “interview style” would not require paid actors.

Proposed video productions include, but may not be limited to the following distinct projects:

Organizational Resource Development –

Developing resources for community supervision organizations to help them create environments to deliver change-oriented interventions, moving away from deterrence-based models. In order for organizations to align with this shift in practice, the organization’s leadership must be positioned to lead the change with the input and support of the members of the organization, they need to understand the theory of transformational leadership and the application of this theory. Include differences between transactional and transformational leadership

  • 5 to 10, five-minute videos demonstrating effective use of skills – scripted vignettes 

Community Supervision Leadership Lab

This 9-month long training will be Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) and include a six-month coaching process to help participants develop a capstone project. The capstone project is designed to help participants identify, develop, and implement a new organizational change strategy within their agency and conclude with an in-person capstone project presentation that provides participants with a robust opportunity to grow their skills as leaders. Additionally, a web-based Community Supervision Learning Lab will be developed for participants to gain access to VILT trainings, learner-paced exercises, leadership coaching, upload and download learning resources, and professional networking.

  • 5 to 10, five-minute videos demonstrating effective use of skills – scripted vignettes 

Women’s Risk and Need Assessment (WRNA)

This project is to develop deliverables that will (1) inform interested agencies about the development of and requirements for the implementation of the Women’s Risk and Need Assessment (WRNA); (2) provide instruction to accepted project teams on the implementation and ongoing application of the WRNA; and (3) support and provide coaching to agencies and teams on the ongoing use of the WRNA.

  • 2 to 4, five to ten-minute videos demonstrating agent skills – scripted vignettes
  • 2 to 3, three to five-minute videos from subject matter experts (interview style) 

Justice Involved Veterans

Veterans Sequential Intercept Model.

  • Up to 6, three-minute videos for each intercept explaining the intercept point, the goal and the outcome – scripted vignettes with stills and voice overs 

Parole Boards – Various Projects

Videos for Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques for New Parole Board Members trainings.

  • 2 to 4, three-minute videos – scripted vignettes

“How to tell if someone is telling the truth”

  • 1, up to 10-minute video – scripted vignette

Release decision-making session using the Structured Decision-Making Framework (SDMF) tool

  • 1, 5 to 10-minute video – scripted vignette

Parole Board Chairs Testimonial – SDMF tool

  • 3 to 5, 1 to 3-minute clips with subject matter experts (interview style) 

Professional head shots and/or candid pictures

  • 10-15 professional photos of classroom or workshop participants for use in place of stock photos 

Addressing Staff Sexual Misconduct in Community Supervision

Training modules for three levels of staff

  • 3 to 5, 1 to 3-minute testimonials from subject matter experts (interview style)
  • 1, up to 10-minute disclosure video – scripted vignette

The awardee will maintain, throughout the award period, regular, routine contact with the NIC project manager regarding project and deliverable progress. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Scheduling and conducting at least monthly telephone updates providing the NIC project manager with information about the status of deliverables, challenges, areas where assistance is required, etc. The awardee will also send a summary email to the NIC project manager detailing the key areas discussed during the telephone update.
  • Providing quarterly progress reports in adherence to written requirements and the prescribed schedule outlined in the award and design documents.
  • The awardee will provide appropriate documentation and reports of meeting outcomes (e.g., planning sessions) to the NIC project manager. A final closeout report for the cooperative agreement is also required.

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

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