Request for Proposals for Policy Research and Dialogue Grants from Counterpart International

Counterpart International Armenia announces its solicitation of Request for Proposals for Policy Research and Dialogue Grants from Armenian non profit, non governmental organizations.

Counterpart International Armenia is the Armenian branch of a global development organization that empowers people and communities to implement innovative and enduring solutions to social, economic, and environmental challenges.

Policy Research and Dialogue Grants are implemented in the framework of a four-year Civil Society and Local Government Support Program (CSLGSP) – a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded project which aims to increase the level of informed and organized civic activism at the local and national levels, along with more participatory, decentralized, efficient and accountable local governance that leads to a more democratic society. This broad goal of enhancing civic participation, advocacy and citizen activism can be reached through creation of public policy input mechanisms where research organizations and think tanks can immediately contribute through their expertise and ability to conduct evidence-based policy research and analysis.

The Policy Research and Dialogue Grants aim to support policy research and analysis projects to enable more comprehensive, evidence based and data driven decisions in national or local policy-making processes. In particular, the policy research conducted by think tanks and research organizations can provide the government representatives and agencies with more in-depth knowledge and expertise around the issue, an opportunity to partake in policy-making processes and access to international best practices. The projects may look at evaluation of existing policies and their effectiveness, facilitate development of new policies and their fiscal aspects including but not limited to 2013 draft State budget review and/or the implementation report of 2012 budget.

The areas of policy research will cover sector-specific issues and call for a sound research on a given topic including an impact analysis, viable solutions to overcome the constraints/gaps and recommendations for a policy change, policy impact on disadvantaged or marginalized groups such as women or youth, or consequences of unequal disbursement of funds (Yerevan vs. Marzes, urban vs. rural, etc). 

The illustrative possible broad themes for policy research include but are not limited to the following:

  • Local Government policy reform
  • Good governance
  • Civil and human rights
  • Anticorruption
  • Environmental policy
  • Civil society advancement
  • Elections and electoral reform

Policy Research and Dialogue projects are expected to cover one or more stages of the normal policy cycle (problem identification, forecasting options, analysis of policy implementation costs and benefits, policy administration, and policy evaluation). For example, proposals might focus on identification of policy issues requiring debate and selection of key stakeholders that should be invited to partake in the process of policy development. Proposed projects might attempt to support policy makers as they present the most important policy issues before the public.

Applied research might focus on selected topics, such as formulating policy options in a sector such as economic analysis, health, education, or human rights. Other proposed projects might seek to facilitate debate on particular topics, support policy dialogue and disseminating findings. The projects may help local governments manage policy implementation, i.e. produce legislative changes, strengthen policy enforcement mechanisms, stimulate administrative and regulatory changes in public administration, and modify rules, procedures and processes. Finally, Policy Research and Dialogue projects might focus on program and policy evaluation to develop mechanisms for assessment of already introduced policy reforms and impact of the policies on youth, men and women, Yerevan and regions, and different stakeholder groups.

Within the framework of CSLGS Program Counterpart anticipates that the Policy Research and Dialogue projects are composed of research/analysis product, outreach activity (ies) to engage the government in a policy dialogue on a given issue.

CONDUCT OF POLICY RESEARCH

The type of research that this project will be directed to is demonstrating evidence-based policy research and analysis which will convey a standpoint and positioning around a particular topic and provide rounded perspective for policy-makers, suggestions for policy-making processes and recommendations for enactment/change.

Under this call for proposals academic research or proposals without practical policy implications for specific target group of beneficiaries cannot be supported. Proposed projects shall use policy analysis and research to develop new policies, amend existing policies that have negative or no impact.

Requested amount shall not exceed 3,700,000 AMD per grant and can be directed towards administrative, program and human resource costs of the proposed project.

Counterpart expects at least 20% contribution or cost share from each applicant organization. The Contribution can be in kind or cash. The Contributions may be from various sources (community, private sources, etc.), however, USG funding cannot be counted towards this requirement.

All projects in the framework of this grant will need to be completed by January 30, 2013.

Each grant will be formalized by a contract, in which the terms and conditions, as well as obligations of the parties will be outlined. Allowable costs under this grant may include staff development, monitoring and evaluation, core administrative expenses, core staff wages, and membership and data access costs in line with the mission of the organization.

Proposals should be submitted in accordance with the proposal structure of the application form and with strict consideration of the page number limitations.

The deadline for submission of proposals is 15:00 June 27, 2012.

All proposals received later than the submission deadlines will not be considered.

All proposals received later than the submission deadlines will not be considered. 

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