The Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO), Social Finance, and The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), are soliciting Requests for Qualifications from qualified persons/firms with demonstrated capacity and experience to develop and implement a rigorous evaluation of a Pay for Success (PFS) initiative that will provide supportive housing to chronically homeless individuals who are frequent users of both the health and criminal justice systems and struggle with mental health and substance use challenges.

Target Population
The initiative will target chronically homeless high utilizers of public crisis services. This RFQ will be used to identify evaluation persons/firms to conduct a rigorous evaluation to assess the impact and cost-effectiveness of the PFS initiative.

High utilizers are those individuals who are frequently before the court, in jail, and habitually using a spectrum of resources including:

  • Healthcare -- emergency rooms, emergency medical services (EMS), and psychiatric inpatient hospitalizations.
  • Criminal justice -- arrests, jail admissions and bookings.

Evaluation Goals/Scope of Services
ECHO, Social Finance, and CSH are requesting expressions of interest from qualified respondents and have identified three primary goals for the evaluation:

  1. Develop and implement a rigorous experimental or quasi-experimental evaluation design to measure the impact of the programmatic intervention on participant outcomes.
  2. Respondents proposing an experimental evaluation design (e.g. RCT) are encouraged to also briefly describe how you would approach evaluating the PFS project using a quasi-experimental research design, as the review committee desires to consider multiple methodologies to answer the core research questions outlined in this RFQ.
  3. Assist with building a PFS agreement; in particular assist in the development and refinement of success benchmarks and key outcome metrics that will be used to determine performance-based payments; and work with relevant parties to develop data tracking/collection systems and strategies to accurately measure and validate outcomes.

Application Process
All proposal items must be submitted ELECTRONICALLY by 5 pm CST on June 4, 2018 to: austinrfq@csh.org . Note: hard copies of proposal or application materials will not be accepted.

Proposal narrative must be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format and should not exceed twenty (20) single-spaced pages using Times New Roman 12-point font and one-inch margins.

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