Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey Request for Proposal Effectiveness of FNSSP

Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey

Request for Proposal

Effectiveness of FNSSP

1-Brief Project Overview

The Board of Directors of Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey are seeking proposals from outside/independent consultants to assess the effectiveness of First Nations Student Success Program (FNSSP) initiatives in affecting improvement  in student performance  generally and on provincial assessment tests in particular..

2- Background

The  Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey is an incorporated body since 1997, and is recognized through federal and provincial legislation as the instrument of Mi’kmaw First Nations to exercise their jurisdiction over education.

Currently twelve of the thirteen First Nations of Nova Scotia are members of the Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey. With an annual budget of over sixty million dollars ($60,000,000), it provides the vehicle for the communities to deliver a full range of education services from K-4 to Post Secondary Support

Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey have been delivering FNSSP programs for a number of years. A number of these programs have as a goal to raise student performance in literacy and numeracy.

The schools of Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey have taken part in the provincial stdent assessment program during the same time. Results do not appear to demonstrate any improvements as a result of the substantial investments in FNSSP programming.

The Board seeks to have an assessment of the efficacy of the FNSSP programming and have recommendations for review if changes are necessary.

3- Project Goals & Target Audience

  1. Review overall assessment results for the past five years;
  2. Identify any trend or anomalies in literacy and numeracy results;
  3. Review FNSSP goals and results of activities for past five years;
  4. Identify correlation between FNSSP and assessment results;
  5. Identify effective strategies to maximize FNSSP programming.

The Education Working Group (EWG) consists of the senior management of Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey, the Directors of Education of each of the member communities  and a representative of the principals of schools on reserve. The EWG will provide the technical oversight for this project.

4- Scope of Work and Deliverables

The contractor will carry out the following work;

  1. Review the assessment results for MK students for past five years;
  2. Review FNSSP projects carried out for past five years
  3. Identify successes of FNSSP activities;
  4. Interview Directors of Education, principals and some teachers to get their feedback on FNSSP programs;
  5. Interview FNSSP staff for their feedback on activities;
  6. Compare FNSSP activities with “Best Practices” in education ;
  7. Identify  programs that have raised student assessment results in Canadian education.

The contractor wil provide the Board of Directors or their designate the following;

  1. a report with executive summary outlining the findings of the study;
  2. recommendations with options in regards to FNSSP activities to support student performance gains;
  3. recommendation for other programs to consider;
  4. interim report to the EWG;
  5. final report to the Board.

5- Timeline

The contract will begin in Septemebr 2017 with an interim report in September 2018 and a final report by March 31, 2019.  The contract will be for a period of nineteen (19) months.

6- Technical and Legal Requirements

All materials, data and information collected as part of this study will be the exclusive property of Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey.

The consultant will maintain as strictly confidential the results of any review of student performance or assessment.

The consultant will provide electronic copies of both the interim and final report and all presentations to the Board.

The consultant will provide twenty-five (25) copies of the final report

7- Proposal Format

The proposal should be submitted in the following format.

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Proposal Details
  3. Fees for consultant
  4. Travel costs
  5. Description of consultant team
  6. Previous experience

8-Principal Point of Contact

The Director of Program Services-Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey, John Jerome Paul, will be the contact for the RFP.

9- Criteria for Selection

  1. Clarity of proposal/methodology
  2. Experience of consultant including demonstrated ability to meet project timelines
  3. References
  4. Cost

The Board reserves the right not to award the contract.

10- Proposed Timeline

  1. Call for proposals- May 19,2017
  2. Letters of intent to submit-  June 16,2017
  3. Deadline for proposals- July 14, 2017
  4. Selection of consultant –  July 21, 2017
  5. Project initiation- September 1, 2017


Criteria for FNSSP

Details of FNSSP programs and activities

Student assessment results

 The consultant will provide electronic copies of both the interim and final report and all presentations to the Board.

The consultant will provide twenty-five (25) copies of the final report


Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey office –

Tel. # 902-567-0336

E-mail: ac.unik@noitacudekm