National Association of State Foresters Forestry Performance Measures for the United States
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)
Request for Proposals Date: January 19, 2015 | Proposal Submission Deadline: 5:00 pm EST, February 27, 2015
The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) is requesting proposals from qualified firms/consultants to develop a series of performance measures that each state can compile and report nationally to demonstrate the benefits of trees and forests to society.
In 2013, NASF committees attempted to identify a set of credible and workable performance measures each state could collect and report that could be “rolled up” through a common national reporting system. This effort had its origins in a process called Redesign, where NASF and the states have been working with the USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry (S&PF) area since 2007 to “redesign” how resources are prioritized, focused, and delivered through the suite of S&PF programs in a manner that demonstrates clear outcomes.
Performance measures have been developed and tested through this process and progress has been made. However, it remains a difficult and complex challenge to identify the most compelling set of performance measures all states can collect and report in a similar “apples to apples” manner. State capacities, data availability, and reporting systems vary greatly.