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United Jewish Federation of New York

Research/evaluation on attitudes

United Jewish Federation of New York


REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Part 1. Overview Information

Funding Opportunity Title

Israeli society’s relationship with American Jewry: An Assessment of Israeli attitudes and existing/potential programmatic interventions

Opportunity Synopsis

The purpose of this Request for Proposals is to support a researcher or a group of researchers in conducting an assessment, mapping and analysis of the current attitudes of Israeli society that impact and relate to their relationship with American Jewry; current efforts underway to foster a deeper understanding of American Jewry among Israeli society; and recommendations for funders seeking to invest in enhancing this understanding and strengthening the relationship through scaling of existing programs or platforms and/or the launching of new programs and other interventions with population-specific recommendations.

 

Application Dates

Application Due Date: November 30th, 2017

Expected Start Date: December 18th, 2017

Expected Completion Date: February 1st, 2018

Funding Available: $25,000-$35,000

 

Part 2. Full Text of Announcement

1.      Research Goals and Objectives.   

UJA Federation of New York is committed to ensuring an enduring and meaningful relationship between American and Israeli Jewry and is concerned about the implications of the increasing divergence between these two vital centers of Jewish life. We seek to support programmatic interventions that are adaptive to the trends in each community to ensure this relationship for future generations.  

The divergence is contributing to the distancing of large segments of American Jews from Israel, the factors of which have been widely studied. There are countless programs underway aimed at fostering an understanding of and appreciation for Israel among American Jews. Programmatic interventions in the US need to continue to evolve and adapt. There seems to be, however, a lack of research and programming around Israelis’ sense of their Jewish collective identity and the role of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people in general, and their mindset toward American Jews in particular. There also seems to be a lack of effective interventions aimed at fostering among Israeli society an understanding of and appreciation for American Jews and world Jewry as a whole.

Fundamentally, we are seeking an analysis and set of recommendations for the ways in which a funder can achieve the highest level of impact to ensure the future relationship between Israeli and American Jewry through programmatic interventions that enhance the understanding of and appreciation for American Jewry among Israeli society.   

Key Research Investigations:

1.      An analysis of the common methodologies used by programs seeking to strengthen connections between American and Israeli Jews – e.g. mifgashim, professional exchanges, global platforms, etc. This analysis should include information on the desired outputs (both short term and long term) as well as proven outcomes and measured impact of each type of intervention.  The interest here is in developing an understanding of the value of each of these program components alone or in combination.

2.      Identification of best practices among programs designed to help Israelis understand and appreciate American Jewry.  This investigation should include an overview of the field as well as an identification of obvious gaps or duplications.  This research should include recommendations for programs that may be ready for scaling or replication with additional audiences.

3.      Landscape Review of:

a.      Relevant research on the attitudes of Israelis to American Jews, with particular interest in trend lines and significant changes over time. This should also include a detailed description of the key characteristics of the Israeli “mindset” toward American Jewry and the factors which create and/or reinforce this mindset. 

b.      An inventory of programs designed to involve cohorts of people deemed to be key actors in resolving this challenge (MKs, Journalists, etc.)

c.       A mapping of possible new platforms for pursuing the goal of shifting the attitudes of Israelis toward North American Jews

d.      An outline of potential areas of commonality and/or common interests between American and Israeli Jews.

4.      Presentation of potential operating partners who may share our passion for solving this challenge.

 

2.      Study Requirements.

·         Literature review (including relevant attitudes of American Jews toward Israel)

·         Relevant mapping

·         Engagement with UJA Federation lay committee

 

3.      Eligibility requirements.

a.      Hebrew fluency.

b.      Ability to write detailed report in English.

 

Part 3. Proposal Format

1.      Research Aims, Goals and Hypotheses (one page)

a.      State succinctly

b.      Should be testable by methods described in Research Plan section

 

2.       Literature Review (two pages)

a.      What work has already been done in the field that is relevant to the proposed study’s goals?

b.      How can previous work be used to improve efficiency of and streamline present proposal?

 

3.      Applicant Background

a.      Description of applicant organization and structure

b.      Previous work done in the area relevant to the Funding Opportunity

c.       Key personnel who will work on the proposed study – names, roles; attach CVs.

 

4.      Study Methods

a.      Describe the theoretical model or logic model that underlies the proposed research approach.

b.      If interviews, surveys, or focus groups are proposed, please provide a detailed description of how the sample will be approached and selected, the rationale for the proposed sample size, and any plans for including specific subgroups. Also describe how you will address Human Subjects Protections and Institutional Review Board requirements. If you believe these requirements do not apply to your proposal, please explain why.

c.       Data collection methods: Include information on all instruments to be used, methods for interviewing subjects, and methods for recording and storing data.

d.      Analytical methodology: Describe methods for data reduction and analysis for both qualitative and quantitative data, as relevant, Will all data be made available to UJA-Federation?

e.      Justification of research design: What other designs and methods were considered? What are the possible limitations or pitfalls of the chosen design and how might these be dealt with during the study?

 

5.      Study Deliverables: Explain the format and types of interim and final reports and presentations that will be provided.

 

6.      Timelines: Provide reasonable timelines for each step of the project from study funding through issuance of final report.

 

7.      Detailed Budget: Provide a line item budget that details both personnel and other-than-personnel expenses.

 

Part 4: Criteria for Selection

Proposals will be evaluated based on:

·         Demonstrated expertise, capacity, and experience in related areas

·         The consultant’s understanding of the project requirements

·         Commitment to project deadlines

·         Detailed work plan, reflecting well-reasoned and appropriate overall strategy, methodology, and analyses to accomplish the aim of the project

·         Overall cost

·         References

 

Part 5: UJA-Federation of NY staff contacts for further information about this RFP and to submit proposals

An information/bidders call will be held on November 20th at 8:30AM-9:15AM EST. We strongly suggest that every applicant participate in this call. You can submit questions in advance.

 

To register for the call and to submit questions in advance, please contact:

Hindy Poupko

Deputy Chief Planning Officer, UJA-Federation of New York

Poupkoh@ujafedny.org; 212 836 1619

In considering applications submitted for the Israeli society’s relationship with American Jewry: An Assessment of Israeli attitudes and existing/potential programmatic interventions, United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, Inc. (“UJA-Federation”), in its sole discretion, may accept or reject applications, and determine the acceptability of applications of any applicant. No warranty or representation is made by UJA-Federation that any application conforming to the requirements set forth will be selected for consideration, negotiation, or approval. UJA-Federation shall have no obligation or liability with respect to the selection and award process contemplated hereunder. All costs incurred by an applicant in preparing and responding to this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) are the sole responsibility of the applicant. Any recipient of this RFP who responds hereto fully acknowledges all the provisions of this disclosure and disclaimer and agrees to be bound by the terms hereof. Any proposal submitted pursuant to this RFP is at the sole risk and responsibility of the party submitting such proposal. This RFP is made subject to correction or errors, omissions, or withdrawal without notice.

 



לפרטים נוספים ולהגשת קורות חיים:
Hindy Poupko Deputy Chief Planning Officer, UJA-Federation of New York Poupkoh@ujafedny.org; 212 836 1619
Hindy Poupko Deputy Chief Planning Officer, UJA-Federation of New York Poupkoh@ujafedny.org; 212 836 1619
, UJA-Federation of New York Poupkoh@ujafedny.org; 212 836 1619



פורסם בתאריך 14/11/2017


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