You are here

Requesting Proposals to develop sexual violence prevention curricula

OVERVIEW:

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) is seeking proposals to fund the development of a curriculum or project that works to prevent sexual harassment, abuse, and assault.

BACKGROUND:

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape works to end sexual violence and advocates for the rights and needs of sexual assault victims. In addition to Pennsylvania-specific work, PCAR operates the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) and is a partner in Raliance.

PCAR partners with a network of rape crisis programs to bring help, hope, and healing around issues of sexual violence to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PCAR assures that communities have access to quality victim services and prevention education by providing funding, training, materials, and assistance to a network of rape crisis centers that serve all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. PCAR provides resources and training on sexual assault-related issues to professionals across the Commonwealth. PCAR promotes public policies that provide protections and services to victims of sexual violence, hold people who sexually abuse others accountable, enhance community safety, and works with media to increase public awareness, access to accurate information, and ethical reporting practices.

Pennsylvania has received Rape Prevention Education (RPE) funding since 1998. Since 2006, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and PCAR have been partners in a CDC-funded RPE Cooperative Agreement, working together to enhance sexual violence prevention and education across the Commonwealth.  RPE funds are used for sexual violence prevention efforts in order to prevent first-time occurrence of sexual violence, and reduce risk factors and enhance protective factors linked to sexual violence perpetration and victimization.

The purpose of Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National RPE Program is to effectively address sexual violence in communities by:

*    Preventing first-time perpetration and victimization;

*    Reducing modifiable risk factors while enhancing protective factors associated with SV perpetration and victimization;

*    Using the best available evidence when planning, implementing, and evaluating prevention programs;

*    Incorporating behavior and social change theories into prevention programs;

*    Using population-based surveillance to inform program decisions and monitor trends; and

*    Evaluating prevention efforts and using the results to improve future program plans.

EXPECTATIONS:

We are seeking applications from Pennsylvania’s rape crisis centers to develop a curricula or project that works to prevent sexual harassment, abuse, and assault. Over the course of a five-month period, the consultant will develop a sexual violence prevention project or curricula that are in alignment with the STOP SV Technical Package and principles of prevention. The project must include a community-level prevention component (i.e. hotspot mapping, policy revisions or development, social norms campaign, etc.). We are looking for projects that increase public awareness through social marketing campaigns; place the emphasis on adult responsibility for protection and prevention of child sexual abuse; address the link between violence and all forms of oppression (i.e. racism, classism, etc.); and/ or build skills around bystander intervention. The consultant will be responsibility for development of the curricula or project and accompanying materials (i.e. facilitators guide, participant handouts, slide deck, etc.). PCAR will review curricula before design, printing, and distributing the project to rape crisis centers in Pennsylvania. If facilitators of the curricula would benefit from Training-of-Trainers, there will be an opportunity to schedule that in 2022. Ongoing communication with PCAR staff throughout the project is required.

ELIGIBILITY

This application is limited to PCAR-funded local rape crisis centers (RCCs) in Pennsylvania.

The creators of the prevention project or curricula must be inclusive in their implementation in that they consider levels of health literacy, gender-related issues, language and cultural considerations, and disability status. Prevention strategies must be culturally relevant to the target population.

REQUIREMENTS:

Projects must be replicable. Materials should not be specific to a particular agency since they will be distributed statewide and possibly marketed nationally.

All proposed projects must be designed using:

1.     One or more of the focus areas listed below:

a.     Promote social norms that protect against violence

b.     Teach skills to prevent sexual violence

c.      Provide opportunities to advance gender equity

d.     Create protective environments

These focus areas, as well as strategies and example programs for each, are described in the STOP SV Technical Package. Please note: Supporting victims/survivors to lessen harms is not an appropriate focus area for this project.

2.     The 10 Principles of Effective Prevention Programs; and

3.     A minimum of two (2) levels of the Social-Ecological Model (SEM), one of which must be at the community level.

PROPOSALS SHOULD INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

1.     Agency name and contact information.

2.     Title and description of project, including:

a.     goals and objectives

b.     the need for project

c.      intended audience

d.     the theory and/or evidence of how the project will prevent sexual violence

e.     what levels of the SEM the project will address

f.      what risk and protective factors the project will address

g.     how the project aligns with the STOP SV strategies and principles of prevention.

3.     Description of evaluation process and measurements of success.

4.     Requested funding amount including detailed budget.

5.     Timeline with specific tasks and target completion dates.

6.     Suggested proposal length is 4-6 pages (double-spaced, 12-point font). Succinct responses are appreciated.

TIMELINE AND BUDGET

Proposals are due on July 30, 2021. Applicants will be notified of the status of their proposal by August 9, 2021.  Project activities will begin mid-August. The development of the curricula and/or project must be completed by January 31, 2022. The estimated range for this project is $8,000 - $10,000. The organization will meet with the Prevention & Resource Coordinator at PCAR on an ongoing basis to provide an update on the project. The organization will submit monthly invoices to PCAR documenting hours worked on the project. PCAR will cover the costs of design and printing of materials; this amount should not be included in the requested funding amount or budget.

SEND TO:

Proposals are to be submitted electronically to the following:

Jackie Strohm, Prevention & Resource Coordinator, jstrohm@pcar.org, 717-728-9740 x143

QUESTIONS:

Applicants are welcome to schedule calls to ask questions about the RFP.
Contact Jackie Strohm, Prevention & Resource Coordinator, jstrohm@pcar.org, 717-728-9740 x143

DUE DATE:

To be considered, proposals must be received by close of business, Friday, July 30, 2021. Applicants will be notified of the status of their proposal by August 9, 2021.

DISCLAIMER:

This project is contingent upon available funding.