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Cooperative Agreement - Probation and Parole Executive Orientation Training Curriculum Revision and Development

6 Apr 2020
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Application Deadline extended to April 27, 2020.

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under Fiscal Year 2020. Work under this cooperative agreement involves the revision and development of NIC’s Probation and Parole Executive Orientation Training Curriculum.

Goals
The goal of this project is to revise and develop content for the current Probation and Parole Executive Orientation blended training curriculum utilizing the Instructional Theory Into Practice (ITIP) format.

Objectives

  1. In collaboration with NIC, identify a team that includes members with a minimum of 5 years of subject matter expertise in the curriculum content, a minimum of 5 years of project management expertise, and a minimum of 5 years of subject matter expertise in developing instructional design.
  2. Document experience developing and designing curriculum materials using the Instructional Theory Into Practice (ITIP) format (https://nicic.gov/itip-toolkit-guide-working-curriculum-developers).
  3. Identify a plan to address the scope and timeframe of the project.
  4. Determine the methodology and resources necessary to deliver the work products.

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 narrative should reflect how the applicant will accomplish these activities:

  1. Meet with NIC Correctional Program Specialist (CPS) Project Lead to begin work on the revisions of the curriculum packages. During the meeting, clarification of goals, objectives, roles, and deliverables will occur, including the setting of initial deadlines.
  2. Attend the Probation and Parole Executive Orientation Training scheduled for May 5-7, 2020 in Aurora, CO to observe the delivery of the current curriculum and conduct a focus group with participants and faculty at the conclusion of the training.
  3. Conduct a DACUM process virtually to develop foundational curricula content and objectives for the 3 content areas (Protecting the Safety and Security of Staff, Organization Change and Culture, and Implementation Effectiveness) detailed in the Program Specific Information.
  4. Provide a design document addressing the revised ILT and online curriculum that includes a narrative description of the project background, purpose, target population, course objectives, course architecture, course assessments, course evaluation, media, and resources/references used.
  5. Create a course architecture that incorporates curricula content that is research informed targeting executives of probation and parole agencies.
  6. Create classroom training content that includes: course overview, lesson plans, and media that can be incorporated into the existing facilitator and participants guides.
  7. Create on-line training curriculum that is cognitive, knowledge based, and supports the active learning curriculum content provided during the face-to face classroom training.
  8. Deliver curriculum revisions and new curriculum to NIC for review and editing recommendations.
  9. Deliver all layout and design work within Microsoft Word, Publisher, and/or PowerPoint. Any templates created for development of the course documents will be provided to NIC for future use. Graphics used in the course materials will be furnished by NIC in order to mitigate any copyright issues. All training materials produced will be 508 compliant (https://www.section508.gov/).

DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on April 27, 2020.

Please note effective July 1, 2013 the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) was merged to the System for Award Management (SAM). The SAM registry and Frequently Asked Questions can be reached at https://www.sam.gov/SAM/. Please note that the registration process can take up to 1-3 weeks, so please plan accordingly.

Questions and Answers:

1. Question:  On page 6, Objective 1 asks "In collaboration with NIC, identify a team that includes members with a minimum of 5 years of subject matter expertise in the curriculum content, a minimum of 5 years of project management expertise and a minimum of 5 years of subject matter expertise in designing and developing instructional design."
"Can you clarify what the expectations are for identifying team members for this project--is it intended for the successful bidder to wait and select team members in collaboration with NIC?"

Answer: NIC encourages applicants to explore and identify project team members and include supporting documents in the application that support and identify subject matter expertise. NIC will meet with the selected vendor prior to the start of the project to review team member selection to confirm capabilities to fulfill project goals and deliverables.

2. Question: Is it possible to get a copy of the current curriculum being used? Or at least an outline of the topic areas?

Answer: You can access a copy of the curriculum by clicking on this link: Facilitator Guide

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