This Request for Proposals (“RFP”) is being issued by Indus Community Services (Indus) to obtain competitive proposals from Consultants to provide Evaluation for the ‘Boost Wellness of Transitional Age Youth’ mental health awareness project. We are inviting the submission of a proposal to be submitted to us by Nov 25th, 2022, for our consideration.
Indus Community Services is an accredited, not-for-profit community benefit organization that has served local communities for over 35 years. We are a registered charity, supported by our donors and by all three levels of government. Through our professional staff, we are a leader in the provision of culturally responsive services to newcomers, families, women & seniors.
Vision: To be leaders in building strong and inclusive communities.
Mission: We are a community benefit organization focussed on building resilient and healthy communities by offering person-centered, anti-oppressive programs and services.
Scope & Deliverables:
This project will provide wrap-around support to newcomer and refugee youth and international students (aged 16-28 years) in Peel Region’s South Asian communities to support their mental and emotional health and address settlement challenges they face in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Working closely with established multi-disciplinary community partners, this proven model will be achieved through a culturally responsive mental health promotion curriculum for youth delivered through psycho-educational-social groups and ‘circle of care’ support sessions for families to better equip them to support their youth dealing with mental/emotional health challenges during this pandemic. The evaluation component will collect and evaluate data on the proposed project outcomes:
* Improve mental health literacy and awareness among newcomer youth and families, reduce stigma around mental illness, to increase use of mental health services and support to address the impacts of Covid-19.
* Create a culturally responsive and safe environment to increase youth and family resilience to improve mental health and wellness.
* Improve mental wellness programs and services for newcomer youth, families and international students through the use of locally relevant data and perspectives.
* To build multi-sectoral collaboration and a wrap-around mental wellness service model for racialized, South Asian, newcomer youth to assist them with their unique mental health and settlement needs and to promote their quality of life.
Indus expected deliverables include the following at a minimum:
1. Identification of promising practices and gaps/challenges through research.
2. Development of culturally responsive Mental Health curriculum for psycho-educational workshops
3. Implementing program interventions to promote mental health awareness and to increase youth and families resilience to improve mental health and wellness.
4. Knowledge dissemination and sharing of lessons learned of the project.
Since the project proposes to develop a culturally responsive curriculum to improve mental health literacy and to reduce stigma around mental health, that must be evaluated in terms of its ability to meet participant needs, feasibility of implementation in real-world cross-sectional settings and proven ability to achieve outcomes in a cost-effective manner. The evaluation will also establish an evidence base for scalability and replication. The Evaluator will also develop an evaluation framework and deliver quarterly lessons learned reports and final evaluation report for the project that will form part of final deliverables to the project funder. The value of this contract is $18,000 for this fiscal year to create and conduct evaluation and $7,000 for next year (April 2023- March, 2024) to conduct evaluation and to prepare the reports.
Your Response to this Request for Proposal:
In responding to this request, we request the following information:
-A summary of the proposed process for project evaluation (30 points)
-A detailed work plan outlining the evaluation activities to be completed and a schedule for reports and deliverables according to timelines; Quarterly reports and Final Report due on March 31st, 2024 (20 points)
-A complete and detailed budget summary (20 points)
-A CV, outline of relevant qualifications and experience, references, and samples of similar work (15 points)
-A statement of how the consultant understands issues of confidentiality as applied to this project and disclosure concerning any real or perceived or potential conflicts of interest (15 points)
Inquiries and Proposals should be directed to:
Project Director - Family Services
Indus Community Services | www.induscs.ca
3038 Hurontario Street, Suite 206
Mississauga, ON L5B 3B9