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Request for Proposals – Youth Sexual Health Needs Assessment, Planned Parenthood Toronto

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline November 7, 2011

Planned Parenthood Toronto (PPT) is seeking proposals from experienced consultants to carry out a needs assessment regarding youth sexual and reproductive health in Toronto and to provide a full report and recommendations stemming from the assessment.


Planned Parenthood Toronto is a fully accredited community health centre which provides primary and sexual health care services to youth between the ages of 13 and 29, and support to women throughout their reproductive years. PPT also offers health promotion programming, education, training, and research to improve the health and well-being of Toronto’s diverse communities.

As part of PPT’s new 2011-2014 strategic plan, the agency has committed to undertaking a needs assessment regarding youth sexual and reproductive health in Toronto in order to identify priority populations and service/programming needs, including assessing the effective uses of technology in sexual health programming and services for youth.

The Purpose and Aims of the Contract

  • To complete a needs assessment regarding youth sexual and reproductive health in Toronto in order to meet the following objectives:
  • enhance PPT’s ability to provide the best sexual and reproductive health information, education and services possible,
  • increase PPT’s ability to meet the sexual and reproductive health needs of youth,
  • ensure that PPT serves youth who are lacking access to sexual and reproductive health services, and
  • enable PPT to be at the forefront in the utilization of technology to offer innovative programming and services.

Scope of the Contract

  • Research current sexual health programming and services available to youth in Toronto
  • Identify existing gaps in sexual and reproductive health services and programming for youth in Toronto
  • Assess unmet sexual and reproductive health needs of youth in Toronto
  • Identify populations of youth experiencing unmet sexual and reproductive health care needs
  • Identify priority services and populations in youth sexual and reproductive health
  • Identify best practices in youth sexual and reproductive health services and programming

The needs assessment must incorporate community engagement and community input. Once the needs assessment has been completed, a full report on the methodology, findings and recommendations is expected.

Proposal Content

In submitting your proposal, please include the following:

  1. Description of the applicant’s work, including relevant and specific experiences which will help us determine why you are the right consultant for this project. (attach a separate resume if needed).
  2. Outline of the qualifications of the people who will be managing the project, and what expertise they bring to the project as well as connection to the mission of PPT.
  3. Two examples of written work; completed needs assessments are preferable.
  4. Overview of the applicant’s understanding of the scope and requirements of the project
  5. A description of the proposed approach and methodologies to be employed.
  6. A proposed work plan and clear breakdown of the tasks, showing the amount of time the consultant will spend on this project and expected milestones.
  7. A budget for the total cost of the work, including all personnel, materials, and other expenditures including taxes (not to exceed $18,000).
  8. Three references, with both email and phone details and a brief summary of the work completed, ideally from similar projects.
  9. A brief description of how the applicant would work with PPT staff managing the project.

The proposal should not exceed 5 pages in total, including budget details.

Time Frame

A full report including actionable recommendations would be presented to the PPT by the end of April 2012.

Consultant Role and Relationship with PPT Staff

The Consultant will report directly to the Director of Community Programming and Research.  The Consultant will meet with PPT’s team members, as required, to provide updates and progress on this project.

Application Deadline:

Please submit one copy of your proposal before 5pm on November 7, 2011 to:

Needs Assessment RFP
Planned Parenthood Toronto
36B Prince Arthur Avenue
Toronto, ON M5R 1A9
Fax: (416) 961-2512


Please contact Cheryl Dobinson at or (416) 961-0113 ext. 127.

PPT is committed to the principles of equity and ensuring that our hiring practices, including those for purchased service contracts such as consultants, are enriched by the people, needs and desires of Toronto’s diverse communities. We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.