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Fundamentals of Writing Effective RFPs: The Ultimate RFP’s Guide

Duration : 90 Minutes

Kenneth Jones,

Ken Jones has been working in the public and non-profit procurement field for over 30 years. He worked for the New York State Office of Taxation and Finance as a Purchasing Assistant from 1985-87 and left there to work for the University at Albany, SUNY where he served as a Purchasing Agent and in Read more

Writing an RFP is a valuable skill for any professional. Indeed, when done correctly, the RFP process allows you to select the best vendor while also ensuring competitive pricing and reducing risk. RFPs have a long history in business and are widely used. As a result, understanding the RFP process and best practices is critical for success. A good RFP is as concise as possible while providing useful contextual information to vendors and asking the appropriate questions. It can be difficult to strike the right balance.

Even seasoned professional Procurement staff dread doing RFP’s and many office staff who are called on by their supervisors to do one are not sure where to start. Because RFP’s maybe an infrequent experience it is always great to attend a webinar to sharpen your skills and avoid the risks of having the RFP process be unsuccessful. Anyone involved in the drafting or scoring of an RFP as well as those that may need to respond to one will complete this webinar with an improved sense of confidence in tackling this procurement method.

This webinar will discuss in detail the definition of a request for proposal when to use it, how to draft it, and more. It will provide a better understanding of how contracts are created after an RFP process is completed. You’ll learn how to craft a Request for Proposal (RFP) with confidence. Contractors will gain insight into how to ask the right questions and what is involved in getting an award through the RFP process. 

Why Should You Attend:

RFPs that are well-crafted are highly personalized, clear, concise, and thoughtful. As a result, high-quality proposals are frequently submitted in response to these RFPs. However, some RFP red flags may indicate to your vendors that the project isn't worth their time. Poorly written RFPs yield low-quality proposals. Worse, there are too few proposals to make an informed decision.

Gain valuable tips and learn how to get the most from your request for the proposal process.

Receive the benefit of training from an experienced procurement professional who has personally issued a wide variety of successful requests for proposals (RFPs) over a 30-year career with the government and nonprofit sector. Be informed as to when an RFP is the proper procurement instrument to use, how to work with a department and/or scoring committee to make an appropriate award, and how to avoid pitfalls in the RFP process. This material will also discuss how to draft a successful RFP document, a scoring matrix that will assist in getting the best quality vendor, and a contract as a result of the RFP award.

Any person assigned to do a Request for Proposal (RFP) or be on a scoring team should attend this webinar to have the skills to get the best possible results.

Course Objectives:

In this practical webinar, you’ll receive instruction on how to create RFP’s and scoring matrixes and how to avoid common pitfalls.

You will learn:-

• How to use an RFP and when an RFI is helpful. 

• How to draft and use a scoring matrix

• How to work with and instruct a team assigned to score an RFP

• How to structure the RFP Document using mandatory and technical requirements

• How to evaluate cost as part of the RFP process 

• How to assign weighted criteria

• How to facilitate the drafting of the matrix with the RFP

• How to work with staff unfamiliar with the process of an RFP 

• How to ensure a successful outcome with the vendor community 

• How to award multiple contracts from one RFP

Course Outline:

• When Is It Appropriate to Do a Request for Proposal (RFP)?

             • When Is It Best to Do a Bid or Quote?

             • Should a Request for Information (RFI) Be Issued First?

             • Developing an RFI

• Developing the RFP Document

             • Key Sections to Be Included

             • Mandatory Requirements

             • Preferred or Scored Technical Criteria

             • Vendor Submittals

             • Weighted Criteria

             • Method of Award

             • General Terms and Conditions

             • Procurement Schedule and Contacts

             • Pricing Pages

• Developing the Scoring Matrix

             • Must Be Drafted With the RFP Document

             • What Criteria Can Be Scored?

             • How to Structure the Scored Questions

             • Are References Being Scored?

             • How to Develop a Reference Questionnaire Scoring Sheet

• How to Avoid Pitfalls

             • Getting the Vendor Response You Are Looking For

             • Avoiding Scoring Problems

             • Rejecting Proposals

             • Debriefing Vendors

             • Vendor Responsibility Review

• Drafting a Contract With the Winner

             • Terms to Include to Prevent Problems

What You Get:

• Training Materials

• Live Q&A Session with our Expert

• Participation Certificate

• Access to Signup Community (Optional)

• Reward Points

Who Will Benefit:

• Procurement Professional

• Contract Managers

• RFP Evaluators

• Account Managers

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