Request for Proposals: Campus Compact Evaluation

March 8, 2019

Iowa Campus Compact is requesting proposals from evaluation consultants for two new projects. Funding for the evaluations is generously provided by Volunteer Iowa through the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The deadline to submit proposals for either project is March 29, 2019. Proposals should be submitted in writing to Justin Ellis by email (jellis {at} compact(.)org) or mail (1111 9th St, Suite 225, Des Moines, IA 50314). Questions can be directed to Justin Ellis (jellis {at} compact(.)org or 515-505-3670).

Details on each RFP can be found in the following files:


Iowa Campus Compact will use a variety of factors to select an evaluator for the project. Priority factors include cost, experience researching higher education and/or community engagement, realistic timeline to accomplish deliverables, and effective communication with Iowa Campus Compact staff.


Proposals should at minimum address the following areas:

  • Evaluator experience in the area of study
  • Approach to engage key stakeholders in the evaluation planning process
  • Proposed Timeline
  • Proposed Deliverables
  • Detailed Budget


Allowable expenses

Unallowable expenses

  • Costs incurred prior to the award
  • Costs associated with preparing the application
  • Capital expenditures for general purpose equipment, buildings, and land
  • Construction and renovation of buildings and structures
  • Bad debt
  • Gift Cards
  • Lobbying, political and other governmental activities
  • Entertainment and alcohol
    1. No amusement, diversion, or social activity costs are allowed (such as tickets to shows or sports events, or meals, lodging, rentals, transportation, or gratuities connected with attending entertainment events)
  • Indirect costs (administrative support)
  • Tuition or scholarships
  • Contributions to a contingency reserve or any similar provision
  • Fines, penalties, damages, and other settlements resulting from violations (or alleged violates) of, or failure to comply with, Federal, State, local, or Indian tribal laws and regulations
  • Organized fundraising, including financial campaigns, solicitation of gifts and bequests, and similar expenses incurred to raise capital or obtain contributions – regardless of the purpose for which the funds will be used
  • Costs of goods or services for personal use of the employees – regardless of whether the cost is reported as taxable income to the employees
  • Information technology systems that have a useful life of more than one year and that exceed $5,000
  • Costs of investment counsel and staff and other expenses incurred to enhance income from investments
  • Political activities in accordance with provisions of the Hatch Act (5 U.S.C. 1501-1508 ad 7324-7326)