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Cooperative Agreement - Pretrial Justice Curricula Revision and Development

1 Jan 2019
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The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under Fiscal Year 2019 for the revision, conversion, and or development of instructional materials for three existing courses of instruction for NIC’s Community Services Division. These courses are used to build competency and capacity of pretrial justice decision-makers and professionals to make and support legal and evidence based pretrial decisions.

Goals
The goal of this project is to update and create the design and layout of three professional development courses using a research-based learning design framework in order to improve the effectiveness of the learning delivery as well as to create consistency in the layout and design of course materials.

Deliverables
In addition to the strategy and content of the program design, the successful applicant must complete the following deliverables during the project period. The program 19CS05 narrative should reflect how the applicant will accomplish these activities.

Deliverable 1: Complete a comprehensive review of the current training material and curriculum for three NIC pretrial justice trainings and develop a plan and time line for revisions and curriculum development to include the development of blended and distance learning delivery.
 
Deliverable 2: Complete all work identified in deliverable 1 for the development of a blended delivery Orientation for New Pretrial Executives curriculum, and submit draft course materials to NIC’s project manager for review and approval.
 
Deliverable 3: Pilot test draft blended delivery curriculum of Orientation for New Pretrial Executives on minimum of ten participants, selected and approved by NIC project manager. Complete participant focus groups and/or post course feedback to incorporate in final draft. Vendor should budget for participant and trainer participation.
 
Deliverable 4: Submit final draft blended delivery curriculum of Orientation for New Pretrial Executives, electronically and in hard copy. Electronic files must be able to be reproduced and in a format that can be transferred to a web-based platform and will include at minimum:
• Course overview and agenda
• Course evaluation plan in collaboration with NIC
• Module overview(s) (if modules are a component of the course)
• Lesson plans, presentation visuals, participant learning materials, and facilitator guide.
 
Deliverable 5: Complete all work identified in deliverable 1 for the blended delivery Pretrial Justice Stakeholder training and submit draft course materials to NIC’s project manager for review and approval. This is a revision of an established curriculum.
 
Deliverable 6: Pilot test draft blended delivery curriculum of Pretrial Justice Stakeholder training on minimum of four teams selected and approved by NIC project manager. NIC and selected state will provide funding for participant travel and trainers.
 
Deliverable 7: Submit final draft blended delivery curriculum of Pretrial Justice Stakeholder training, electronically and in hard copy. Electronic files must be able to be reproduced and in a format that can be transferred to a web-based platform and will include at minimum:
• Course overview and agenda
• Course evaluation plan in collaboration with NIC
• Module overview(s) (if modules are a component of the course)
• Lesson plans, presentation visuals, participant learning materials, and facilitator guide
 
Deliverable 8: Convert learning modules from current training, Essential Elements of an Effective Pretrial Justice System and Agency for Pretrial Services Supervisors and Officers, into formal distance delivery, virtual instructor curriculum format. Submit final draft curriculum electronically and in hard copy. Electronic files must be able to be reproduced and in a format that can be transferred to a web-based platform and will include at minimum:
• Course overview and agenda
• Course evaluation plan in collaboration with NIC
• Module overview(s) (if modules are a component of the course)
• Lesson plan(s) including all presentation visuals, participant learning materials, and facilitator guide.
 
Deliverable 9: Final draft of all newly developed and revised and updated curricula must meet
the federal government’s requirements for Section 508 accessibility. Checklist may be
 
Question and Answer
Question: [We] follow an instructional design process very similar to the ITIP approach. However, we do not have any past performance using the ITIP approach. One requirement is for “A copy of an ITIP curriculum module, which must include all lesson plans and slide show presentations for the module. The curriculum should be one that your organization has developed or developed in collaboration with another organization.” We do not have this, nor would we be able to share similar materials developed under another contract as it is proprietary. However, we can provide a past performance write up that covers elements of this process. Is that acceptable?
Answer: In short, yes. It is acceptable to document your past performance developing curriculum that is in line with the principles of ITIP. A summary detailing of the processes you have utilized in past curriculum development and justification should be included to be considered responsive to this element of the RFP.
 
 
Deadline. Do to the lapse in Federal Government funding, NIC is extending the deadline for Cooperative Agreement submission. All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on March 1, 2019. Late applications will not be considered.

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