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RFP--Project Team Investigator, Locally Driven Collaborative Research Food Skills Project, Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit

Port Hope, Ontario
Deadline March 30, 2012

Name of Project: The meaning of food skills for two Ontario priority populations

Project Summary: There is a link among choosing healthy food, preparing and cooking food, healthy eating and overall health.  The issue is that people’s ability to make healthy food choices as well as prepare and cook food, which could be termed as “food skills”, is fading. The second issue is that the art and capacity of choosing, preparing and cooking safe, healthy and culturally appropriate food may be unique to specific groups of people from youth, to people living in poverty, to pregnant and breastfeeding women to higher income families with children . The research project being proposed, aims to understand the meaning of “food skills” for two specific Ontario populations.

The Locally Driven Collaborative Project (LDCP) Team comprised of public health experts, has identified two specific populations. A combination of methods will be used to explore people’s understanding of food skills in each of the identified priority populations. Focus groups will be conducted in five health units’ districts with both priority populations. More specifically, focus groups will occur with two health units that primarily service a rural geographic area and with two health units that have a more urban district and one group will be conducted within a Northern District Health Unit. It is hoped that 6-8 people will participate in each focus group at each health unit for each priority population. If necessary, to obtain richer data interviews may also be conducted with some participants of the identified priority populations. Common themes in the two specific groups will be identified.

Findings from the research will be shared with other public health units and agencies as well as academia through professional listserves, direct contact, conferences, webinars, and article submission to peer reviewed journals. Public Health staff can use findings to plan and deliver services that develop people’s skills to choose, prepare and cook healthy food. To conduct this research, a Project Team Investigator will be hired to conduct the focus groups and interviews, analyze data, and write a final report.

Key Deliverables:

  1. Develop, pilot test and refine semi-structured focus group guides and interview tools.
  2. In collaboration with LDCP Team, develop a recruitment strategy and assist with the recruitment of participants for Focus Groups and Interviews.
  3. Explore, summarize and report on the meaning of food skills, develop a definition of food skills and identify the barriers and facilitators to food skills acquisition and practice from the perspective of the two priority populations.
  4. Complete written interim reports on the research as it progresses and the deliverables by the specified deadlines as outlined below. A final report will be written with conclusions and recommendations for future consideration.
  5. Together with the LDCP Team disseminate findings of the study to public health units and agencies across Ontario for their use in local planning of opportunities for food skills development.

Specific Project Deliverables and Timelines:

Deliverables // Deadlines
Orientation of Project Team Investigator // April 23, 2012
Development of Semi-Structured Focus Group Guides & Interview Tools, Test and Refine Tools // April-May 2012
Develop a Recruitment Strategy in collaboration with LDCP Team // May/ June 2012
Complete Interim Report 1 with Itemized Costs // July 15, 2012
Recruit Participants for Focus  Groups and Interviews in collaboration with the LDCP Team // July to December 2012
Coordinate Transcription Service // July to December 2012
Analyze Data // January to March 2013
Complete Interim Report 2 with Itemized Costs // February 1, 2013
Write Report // April 2013 to September 2013
Complete Interim Report #3 with Itemized Costs // July 15, 2013
Complete Final Activity Report with Itemized Costs // January 10, 2014

Scope of Work:

  • Abide by the terms of the ethics submission approved by the University of Western Ontario.
  • Take direction from the LDCP Team and report on and complete work as requested by members and outlined in the deliverables above.
  • Use standardized and/or best practice qualitative research methodologies.
  • Work collaboratively with the LDCP Team to engage communities to develop and implement a participant recruitment strategy.
  • Lead the data analysis team.  
  • Use appropriate and secure technology for communication and data analysis.
  • Write reports including multiple drafts with and input from the LDCP Team.
  • Lead in the writing and development of key documents for knowledge translation, interim reporting, etc.
  • With LDCP Team, present findings to multiple audiences including Project Team, health unit staff, community partners, conference participants, etc.
  • Co-author submissions to peer reviewed journals and conference abstracts/posters.
  • Be available for some travel throughout Ontario.
  • Work within a prescribed budget.

The LDCP Team will provide:

  • Direction through all phases of the project. The Lead Health Unit of the LDCP will be responsible for the administration and effective management of funds and the submission of interim and final reports to meet reporting requirements.
  • The proposal submitted to the Public Health Ontario including the budget.
  • The process used to identify priority populations and the documented summary of relevant research and data gathered to justify the selection of the two priority populations for Ontario.
  • Ethics approval for the project from the University of Western Ontario.

Successful candidates will have demonstrated experience in the following areas:

  • Successful collaboration with a variety of stakeholders on a community-based research project.
  • Conducting qualitative research in community settings.
  • Development and use of  comprehensive qualitative interview tools
  • Conducting focus groups and interviews in accordance with accepted research standards.
  • Analysis, interpretation and synthesis of qualitative research data to reach meaningful conclusions.
  • The use of appropriate technology for communication
  • Working within a prescribed budget.

In addition, the successful candidate will:

  • Possess excellent communication skills (oral, active listening, and written).
  • Use their home office for long distance calls, internet–based work, faxing and data analysis using qualitative data analysis software.
  • Have strong project management skills.
  • Work with existing project budgets and timelines.
  • Possess superior time management skills.
  • Have knowledge of the Ontario Public Health Standards.
  • Understand the diverse needs and perspectives of priority populations.  

Required content for Proposal:

  • The response to this RFP must be received by email to the individual identified on page 1 of this RFP no later than March 30th, 2012 at 4:30 pm.
  • A letter of interest.
  • A resume outlining education and experience relevant to this study.
  • Names and contact information for three references who can be contacted regarding experience relevant to this study.
  • Expected remuneration including time availability and cost per day (including HST, mileage and other expected costs with the consideration that they be the most economical).
  • Reports from previous qualitative research projects written by the applicant.

The proposal will be evaluated based on content in the following areas:

  • Overview--The consultant’s experiences and qualifications to fulfill the requirements of the RFP
  • References--Current and/or former clients
  • Remuneration expectations

RFP Issue Date: March 13, 2012
RFP Due Date: March 30, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.
Submittal Location: Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit