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Request for Proposals

Solicitation No. AHRQ-10-10005

Date Issued: January 20, 2010
Date Questions Due: February 4, 2010, 12:00 PM ET
Date Notice of Intent Due: March 1, 2010
Date Proposals Due: March 31, 2010, 12:00 PM ET (extended from March 23)

Contracting Office: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Contracts Management, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, MD 20850; Nicola L. Carmichael, Contracting Officer


You are invited to submit a proposal to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) for Request for Proposal (RFP) No. AHRQ-10-10005, entitled "Accelerating Change and Transformation in Organizations and Networks (ACTION II)." Your proposal must be developed and submitted in accordance with the requirements and instructions of this RFP.

A cost reimbursement, multiple-award, task order-type contract is contemplated for a period of five years, Three years with one two-year option.

The Government anticipates awarding 12-15 contracts from this one solicitation.

The goal of ACTION II is to promote and accelerate the development, implementation, dissemination and sustainability of evidence-based innovation in health care delivery and organization to measurably improve health care in the U.S. In support of this goal, ACTION II will focus on practice-based research to achieve the following 4 objectives:

  • Implementation of a proof of concept, through which a previously untested innovation is tested on a small scale to demonstrate its feasibility for addressing an identified problem (OR: to determine whether it works to solve/address an identified problem).
  • Implementation of an innovation or improvement approach, to provide information for decision-makers about structural, contextual and process factors that play a critical role in increasing (or reducing) the chances that a proven, evidence-based innovation will actually work in a given setting.
  • Spread, or the taking to scale, of one or more proven innovations or delivery system improvements, including the active, wide dissemination of information about what works, accompanied by concrete guidance on how to maximize the likelihood of successful implementation and sustainability. Increasing knowledge about strategies used to promote the systematic uptake of research findings and other evidence-based practice by providers and other decision-makers is an important ACTION objective as well.
  • Sustainability, to increase knowledge about the factors that contribute to, or impede, the long term sustainability of innovation. In particular, we will look to ACTION II to closely examine the experiences and outcomes of ACTION projects that were implemented 3 or more years ago, with a focus on measuring whether and to what degree positive outcomes were sustained and enhancing understanding of the factors that supported or impeded sustainability.

Questions regarding this solicitation shall be received in this office no later than February 4, 2010. All questions shall be submitted electronically by E-mail to Nicola L. Carmichael, Contracting Officer, at the following E-mail address: Subject line shall read: "Proposal Questions RFP No. AHRQ-10-10005."

It is the offeror's responsibility to monitor the Web sites where the RFP will be posted to learn about any amendments to the solicitation.

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