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Request for Proposals (RFP)
TITLE: Young Men?s Safe Choices Vermont Evaluation Project
SPONSORS: Project Safe Choices and the Anti-Violence Partnership at
the University of Vermont
SYNOPSIS: The co-sponsors of this project are collaborating through
the Vermont Approach: A Strategic Plan for Comprehensive,
Collaborative Sexual Violence Prevention in Vermont. The Vermont
Approach is a five year plan (2006-2010) for significantly reducing
sexual violence in Vermont. The approach is aimed at transforming
those aspects of culture that produce, take for granted and exacerbate
sexual and related forms of violence and degradation. It is being
implemented through seven strategies according to designated
timelines: (a) statewide leadership, (b) community development, (c)
media change, (d) state and local institutional capacity building, (e)
education, (d) research & development, and (e) resource development.
Project Safe Choices: Challenging Young Men's Violence (PSC) offers
Violence Intervention Groups for young men ages 13-17 with histories
of abusive or violent behaviors, and Education and Prevention Support
for middle and high school students, teachers and administrators, and
other service providers who work with young adults. Project Safe
Choices has a clearly defined approach that has been adapted for
suitability with youth from the nationally recognized adult model
employed by the Domestic Abuse Education Project, at Spectrum Youth
and Family Services. Both projects are members of the local domestic
violence task force and the statewide Anti-Violence Partnership.
The Anti-Violence Partnership: A Community Collaboration at the
University of Vermont (AVP) comprises multiple universities, agencies
and citizens in Vermont who share a commitment to the creation of a
safe, just, and civil society. The AVP supports and sustains
collaborative, comprehensive approaches within the community and the
world to understand and change the existence and acceptance of
violence and work towards its prevention and elimination. It promotes,
protects, and enhances the quality of life of those victimized by a
culture of violence. The Partnership holds two open business and
program meetings a year, provides technical assistance, and sponsors
collaborative research and development projects, such as the Vermont
REVIEW DATE: 07/10/2007
CONTACT: Anne Liske, Sexual Violence Prevention and AVP Coordinator
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FUNDING LIMIT: $10,000 MAXIMUM
DURATION: 6 Months, (some flexibility for submitting final report)
INDIRECT COSTS: Unspecified
RESTRICTIONS: No restrictions beyond those implied by the requirements.
OBJECTIVES: To determine the current approaches used in Vermont with
young men ages 13-17 who have histories of abusive or violent
behaviors, and to link youth workers who provide the services of
these approaches with youth workers who experience the need for these
Mandatory activities: The grantee is required to plan and carry out
an appreciative inquiry event in October and follow-up if indicated
and mutually agreed with Vermont Approach administrators; compile and
analyze the information that is produced; and write and present a
final report. Activities will include event planning, organizing,
publicizing, and facilitation, as well as inquiry design,
implementation and reporting. The event should be organized as an
innovative approach to evaluating and coordinating statewide community
responses to young men?s violence and the ideas and expectations that
perpetuate it. It should consider the PSC model as one approach that
is specific to the prevention of young men?s violence. It should
engage individuals in the inquiry who provide services to young men
with histories of abuse and violence and those who need such services.
Participants should represent various types of youth work (e.g.,
middle and high school teachers and administrators, and agency youth
workers and administrators) and geographically diverse communities
across the state.
APPLICATION: Email brief cover letter, proposal, and resume/c.v. as
Word documents to [log in to unmask] by June 29, 2007.
Cover Letter: Title, purpose, and dollar amount of the funding you
seek. Briefly introduce your organization (or yourself), your interest
in this particular project and the basis of your legitimacy for
Proposal Length: Actual proposal may not exceed 12 pages. Proposals
that are longer than this will not be considered. Shorter proposals
will be considered as long as all required information is included.
Description of the Issue: Describe the specific issue to be addressed
by the proposed project, its scope, severity, and impact on community
members? lives and relationships. Briefly, point out previous and
current prevention efforts to address the issue and evaluate these
efforts. Demonstrate your familiarity with current thinking and on
working with youth who commit violence.
Project Goals and Objectives List the project goal(s) and objectives
in terms of the benefits sought (as outcomes) in regard to the issue.
Conference/ Research Strategies, Methods, Activities Describe the
proposed conference and evaluation design. What will the evaluator(s)
will do, with whom, and how, from a strengths (versus deficits)
perspective. Note any special protections of participants that are
warranted and any IRB processes to which your research is subject.
Briefly explain your theoretical and practical rationale, and a
compelling, logical reason why the proposal should be supported.
Demonstrate your familiarity with the evaluation methodology to be used.
Project Time Line (Up to 1 page) Present an outline of the project
flow that includes start and end dates, schedule of activities, and
Project Budget (Up to 1.5 pages) Present a line item budget that
projects the personnel and other expenditures. Briefly (one sentence
each) narrate the significant costs and the approach to be used for
adequately supporting the components of this project.
Resume or C.V. For all who will work on this project (e.g., principle
investigator, research assistant, etc.), funded or otherwise.
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: The grantee will agree to receive and
participate in technical and logistical assistance efforts provided by
the Vermont Approach staff and their designees.
ELIGIBILITY: Private or publicly-based researchers and community
organizers, and/or faculty supervised graduate students with:
knowledge and experience in antiviolence work; skill in working with
disparate groups and inter-organizational relations, and the requisite
design, implementation and writing ability.
FUNDING: A $10 thousand dollar 2006 state budget allocation to the
Anti-Violence Partnership at UVM has been carried over and set aside
for these evaluation purposes. The carry over date ends December 30,
2006. Second year Vermont Approach funding supports a Coordinator and
Project Director who will provide technical and some logistical
support to the evaluation.
KEYWORDS: Young Men, Adolescent Males, Violence, Abuse, Violence Prevention
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