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RFP--Evaluation Specialist, Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit

Simcoe, Ontario
Deadline April 25, 2014


Over the past several years the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit has undertaken a comprehensive review of all of its programs and services. The goal of the review was to ensure the provision of high impact programs and services, based on community needs and available resources to meet the Ontario Public Health Standards.

The service process included internal staff, management, and external consultants and intended to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Public health programs and services are planned and implemented to address local population health needs.
  • The Board of Health identifies public health priorities, including identification of emerging public health issues.
  • The Board of Health allocates resources to reflect public health priorities and reallocates resources, as feasible, to reflect emergent public health priorities.
  • Public health practitioners and policy-makers are aware of the effectiveness of existing programs and services as well as factors contributing to their success.

Five priority directions were identified by the service review process. To address the priority directions we reorganized our internal structure to align with the population targets. Teams were restructured to include a mix of public health professionals to bring a wider set of skills to the programs and to encourage inter-team collaboration.

The five priority directions are as follows:

i)   Adopt a health planning model
ii)  Increase understanding and integration of Health Promotion Theory across the health unit
iii) Adopt a Comprehensive School Health Model
iv) Adopt a Comprehensive Maternal/Child Health Model
v)  Increase collaboration between the Healthy Environment and Infectious Disease teams.

The restructuring of Health Unit management and program staff to align under the priority directions was put place on September 3, 2013. An evaluation plan was created to be implemented during 2014.

Position Summary:

The Health Unit is seeking a consultant to design and lead several components of the evaluation plan. The evaluator will conduct key informant interviews with management staff and hold focus groups with various health unit teams as part of the evaluation of the restructuring.

Deliverables for this RFP:

  • Work collaboratively with the Health Unit Management Team to develop the key informant/focus group questions.
  • Lead the focus groups and conduct the interviews (including any recording and transcribing)
  • Identify appropriate case studies based on key informant interviews and focus groups.
  • Investigate and develop 2 or 3 appropriate case studies which highlight successes and identify improvements.
  • Provide a report of the findings including recommendations.

The Successful Contractor Must Have:

  • Experience in organizational change and qualitative evaluation.
  • Excellent facilitation skills.
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of the Ontario Public Health Standards.
  • Excellent written skills and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet timelines.

Submission Requirements:

A resume that clearly demonstrates how your experiences reflect the key qualifications.
A detailed plan and description of how the requested deliverables will be executed.
A breakdown of costs including time availability and cost per day. (Note: budget must not exceed $7000)
The names and contact information of 2 references.

Prior to the Commencement of Any Work, the Following Shall Be Provided to the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit:

Workplace Safety & Insurance Board
Provide documents to confirm evidence from WSIB of Independent Operator Status and therefore not an employee of Norfolk County. Proof of Independent Contractor status is issued by WSIB, certifying that the contractor is an independent operator running its own business and is not required to be registered for or to contribute to an account with WSIB for its business. The Contractor will complete the form from Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (  A County signature is required on this WSIB form, so contractor should contact the County’s Manager, OH&S/WSIB at (519) 426 5879 x. 2311.

Provide certificate(s) of insurance showing:

  • $2 million – Commercial General Liability, showing The Corporation of Norfolk County as an Additional Insured; and cross liability and products and completed operations endorsements
  • $2 million – Automobile
  • $2 million – Errors and Omissions / Professional Liability coverage

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
Provide evidence of compliance with the requirements of Section 6 of Ontario Regulation
429/07, Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. Further details regarding the legislation can be found on the Ministry of Community and Social Services website at or by contacting Norfolk County’s AODA Compliance Supervisor at (519) 426-5879 x.1331.

Deadline for Submission of Proposals is Friday April 25, 2014 4:30 p.m.

Please submit proposals via email or regular mail to:

Jill Steen, Manager, Public Health
Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
12 Gilbertson Drive
Simcoe, ON N3Y 4L1

Proposed Timelines:

  • Release of RFP: April 8, 2014
  • Deadline for submission of proposals: April 25, 2014
  • Successful candidate notified by: May 2, 2014
  • Project start date: May 12, 2014    


Questions regarding the project may be directed to:

Jill Steen
(519) 426-6170 x.3218