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RFP--Literature Review, Toronto Heart Health Partnership (THHP)

Purpose

To conduct a literature review on health promotion programs within the
childcare channel, specifically those focusing on healthy eating,
physical activity and tobacco exposure.  The review will identify
key factors that contribute to the successful implementation and
sustainability of these programs within childcare settings.

Background

The THHP is a group of large and small community-based organizations
that collaborate on projects to promote heart healthy lifestyles for
those who live, work and/or play in the City of Toronto.  The
Ministry of Health and Long-term Care (MOHLTC) funds this partnership
through the Ontario Heart Health Program: Taking Action for Healthy
Living.  

Childcare providers play a critical role in a child's growth and
development.  They not only provide teaching opportunities but
they are also important role models.  Subsequently, health
promotion programming delivered to childcare providers is vital to
children's acquisition and practice of health promoting behaviours.

The Love Your Heart! Heart Health Resource for Children and Family
Centres is a user-friendly resource box for caregivers of children 3-12
years of age.  It is based on three key messages: Eat Healthy, Be
Active and Be Smoke-Free.  The resource box contains background
information for childcare providers, discussion points and activities
(for ages 3-5 and 6-12).  Since 2001, approximately 600 childcare
sites across Toronto have received this resource, and workshops were
held for supervisors and ECE students at various educational
institutions.  An evaluation report prepared in February, 2006
indicated a need to further research key success factors in
implementing and sustaining health promotion programs within childcare
settings.

Deliverables

  1. Review existing literature on successful health promotion programs within the childcare channel.
  2. Submit a report discussing the findings and conclusions of the
    pertinent literature and make recommendations to inform future program
    directions.  

Key Qualifications

  • Extensive experience in conducting literature reviews
  • Experience in research and evaluation, especially community-based evaluative processes
  • Thorough understanding of Health Promotion practices/strategies/approaches
  • Experience in working with a diverse group of organizations
  • A broad range of experiences of working in the not-for-profit sector
  • Strong project management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to meet timelines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a
    particular emphasis on compiling data and writing reports using clear
    language

Submission Requirements

The following information must be included in your quotation:

  • A resume that clearly demonstrates how your experiences reflect the key qualifications required in the successful candidate
  • A detailed plan and description of how the requested tasks will be executed
  • A breakdown of costs
  • A list of relevant experiences in conducting similar projects
  • The names and contact information of 2 references
  • Samples (2) of written work - one literature review and one report or research & evaluation document

Please submit quotations to

Linda Ferguson
Toronto Heart Health Partnership
c/o Toronto Public Health
2300 Sheppard Avenue West, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON  M9M 3A4

*Note: Each bidder should be located in the City of Toronto or in
geographical proximity to the City to allow for regular personal
contact with Toronto Public Health staff.

Proposed Timelines (Event/Date)

  • Release of RFP / July 28, 2006
  • Deadline for submission of proposals / August 25, 2006
  • Proposal review and candidate short-listing for interview / Week of August 28, 2006
  • Short-listed candidates contacted for interview / Week of August 28, 2006
  • Interviews / Week of September 4, 2006
  • Successful candidate notified / Week of September 11, 2006
  • Project start date / Week of September 18, 2006
  • Project to be completed by / November 10, 2006

Budget

Quotations should not exceed $7,500, all taxes included. Project cost
is a key criteria considered in selecting candidates for interview.

For more information, please contact Julie Charlebois at (416) 338-1519.