A Process and Impact Evaluation of the Reut Institute’s ‘Inclusive Growth Model’ in Tsfat, Israel Opportunity Synopsis
A Process and Impact Evaluation of the Reut Institute’s ‘Inclusive Growth Model’ in Tsfat, Israel
Four years ago UJA-Federation of New York through its Commission on the Jewish People began a strategic investment in the Reut Institute to pilot a replicable and scalable model in Tsfat designed to recreate Tsfat as a “resilient community”. The purpose was not to advance Tsfat’s future per se but rather to rethink how civic and municipal leadership could work together to redefine what Israel’s social fabric could look like and to demonstrate how this process could create inclusive growth. The model strives to reweave communal actors into a tight-knit resilient entity with the anticipated outcome of creating inclusive economic growth and social capital.
According to the Reut Institute’s grant application, the project’s vision is to: “… Empower local civic leaderships and institutions as platforms for economic growth, inclusiveness, resilience, stronger identity, richer cultural and ethical life, and social cohesion. We plan to pilot, test and model the vision primarily in Tsfat and Western Galilee, in order to be realized across Israel.”
The Reut Institute description of the model reveals that it takes a minimum of four years to see real results in a municipality that implements the model. As of September 2015, the Reut Institute’s work in Tsfat began its fourth year. Thus at this time, UJA-Federation seeks a consultant to examine the processes and impact this model has had on the city of Tsfat. Anecdotal reporting from the Mayor and many outside visitors point to specific examples of positive change, however there has been no thorough attempt to evaluate the model in order to make the case toward scaling it to other locations. In addition, a process of evaluation would provide much needed detailed information regarding the actual workings of the model, which is also necessary before the model can be replicated.
* For additional information regarding this program, please refer to the attached appendix.
The goal of the process evaluation is to gain a detailed accounting of the activities that have taken place in Tsfat on the part of The Reut Institute from July 1, 2012 up to the present day. Special emphasis should be placed on how these activities compare to the ‘model’ as specified by the Reut Institute. The main goal of the impact evaluation is to determine the extent to which implementation of the Reut Institute’s model and its associated activities influenced the municipality since 2012. The key evaluation questions are:
1. What are/were the specific activities in which the city’s social and civic leadership was engaged in by The Reut Institute?
2. What markers if any exist which indicate that as a result of these activities there is now an environment of inclusive growth and building of social capital in Tsfat?
3. How did each of the seven elements of the model when taken separately and relative to each other contribute to any perceived change in the city by individuals who are part of the municipal, non-profit and business leadership of Tsfat?
4. The data collected in this evaluation as well as the conclusions with regard to impact will be used by the funding entity, (UJA-Federation of New York’s Commission on the Jewish People) to understand the impact of their investment.
The Reut Institute’s method for actualizing this vision relies on identifying eight key community institutions that will be the primary actors in shifting the communal and municipal discourse toward one of a shared, cohesive vision. At the core of these eight institutions are the municipal leaders who are asked to create a strategic plan for the city and subsequently for each department, all of which roll up to actualizing the shared vision. While anecdotally it is clear that Tsfat has experienced some rejuvenation, this evaluation should produce evidence of the degree to which the programmatic activities of the Reut Institute played a role in these changes and if these changes have led to the desired impact of increased social cohesion and more inclusive economic growth in the municipality.
1. The chosen candidate will work closely with The Reut Institute, specifically the team in Tsfat, to execute the evaluation.
2. The candidate should outline in the submission the degree of Reut staff involvement needed to execute the evaluation, estimating total Reut staff hours needed.
3. Proposals should describe the research design and methodologies that will be used and justify the use of the stated methods for each part of the evaluation. We welcome application of state-of-the art analytical methods for both qualitative and quantitative data. Summaries and impressions of data collected are not sufficient to meet this requirement. Providing only summaries of interviews of participants is not sufficient to satisfy the goals of this RFP.
4. The consultant will work with a lay committee at UJA-Federation of New York who will expect bi-monthly reports as well as at other strategically agreed upon intervals. In addition, the professional assessment unit of UJA-Federation of New York, the Impact and Performance Assessment Department (IPAD) will continue to provide input to the oversight committee.
1. Preliminary draft report for review.
2. The final evaluation report should be completed no later than July 15, 2016. The report should include a full process evaluation of Reut’s activities and an impact evaluation with findings and analysis.
3. In order to understand the scope of the work the report should include a mapping of the key actors in the Tsfat municipality who worked with the Reut team and any civil society organizations or business entities that were engaged in the work.
4. The aforementioned mapping should be submitted as a first stage report after 4 weeks of work.
5. Consultant will provide an executive summary of the report findings as well as slides which can be used by UJA-Federation of NY staff.
6. Subsequent to the evaluation report being submitted, at least 3 presentations shall be made to stakeholders.
1. Applicants should have experience conducting multiple process and impact evaluations similar to this endeavor. Application should provide references that can confirm this prior work and the quality of the work.
2. Applicants should provide full CV with cover letter which indicates relevant skills and experience which qualify him/her/the team for the project.
3. Any applicants with conflict of interest or perceived conflict of interest will not be considered.
4. The applicant should have excellent Hebrew and English written and spoken proficiency.
1. Evaluation aims and goals
2. Applicant background – describe applicant organization, previous work done in areas relevant to this study, principal(s) of the evaluation team and names and roles of those who will be involved in conducting the study
3. Study methods – detailed explanation of the proposed approach, including sample selection, data collection methods, instruments to be used, methods for recording and storing data, methods for data reduction and analysis, and justification of the proposed evaluation design. Methods should be appropriate given the evaluation budget and the scope of the project.
4. Study deliverables – explain the format and types of interim and final reports and presentations that will be provided
5. Timelines – provide reasonable timelines for each step of the project from study funding through issuance of the final report
6. Detailed budget
Funding available: $40,000-$45,000
Application Due: January 8, 2016
Expected Start Date: February 2016
Proposals should be addressed to:
Planning and Grants Associate, Commission on the Jewish People
UJA-Federation of New York
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In considering applications submitted for this Request for Proposal (“RFP”), 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 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.