Program Evaluation – Consulting Opportunity (Request for Proposals)

July 24, 2018

Deadline: August 10th, 2018

Duration: August – October 2018



FUSE Corps is a national nonprofit that enables local government to more effectively address the most pressing challenges facing urban communities. In pursuit of this mission, FUSE runs an executive-level fellowship program in civic innovation that is focused on accelerating cross-sector collaboration and community-based problem-solving. FUSE partners with city leaders to identify key strategic challenges and then recruits entrepreneurial professionals from the private sector who spend a year working in local government to address those challenges. FUSE fellows are uniquely positioned to achieve transformative impact across issues areas such as education, health, social services, economic development, public safety, and the environment.

FUSE fellows average 15-20 years of professional experience, predominantly as private-sector leaders in major corporations and global management consulting firms, and generally with graduate degrees such as MBAs.

Since FUSE was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2011, this unique program has grown quickly in response to mounting demand from cities across the country. The 2018-2019 cohort, which begins in September 2018, includes 40 projects in governments both in California (City and County of San Francisco, City and County of Los Angeles, Oakland, San Jose, Long Beach) and across the country (Cleveland, East Palo Alto, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Paul, St. Louis, Washington DC). The response from prospective fellows has been equally robust making the application process extremely competitive among private-sector executives seeking to serve in this prestigious program. FUSE plans to continue to expand toward placing 100 fellows annually across 25 cities and widely communicating the impact of their work. This rapid growth is being generously supported by a coalition of foundations including the Omidyar Network, James Irvine Foundation and Kresge Foundation.



FUSE is seeking an independent evaluator or small firm to gather, assemble and analyze feedback from both FUSE Fellows and Government partners.


The outcomes of this work include:

  1. Identifying components of the Fellowship Program that are both working well and could benefit from improvement.
  2. Understanding within projects: what was successful, what drove that success and the impact achieved.
  3. Serving to fill out our database of information to continuously identify patterns for ongoing Fellowship Program and organizational development.


Scope of Work


Phase One: Design

Goal: Gain familiarity with FUSE and create an interview protocol for Fellows and Hosts to achieve research outcomes, utilize existing FUSE Corps program evaluation tools/materials

Timing: August

Note: A draft protocol will be provided as a starting point

Est. 15 hours


Phase Two: Interviews & Data Collection

Goal: Schedule and conduct interviews with 35 Hosts, with a data capture system that allows access to the information but maintains confidentiality of interviewees   

Timing: August/September

Note: Approximately  one hour per interview, based on actual interview and post-call documentation including.

Scheduling: Est. 12 hours

Interviews: Est. 50 hours


Phase Three: Synthesis and Final Report

Goal: Analyze research findings and create final report that includes overall findings as well as specific recommendations based on interviewee feedback; report format in Powerpoint with ability to customize for use with different audiences; convey support for the conclusions through data visualization; deliver support for data visualization in excel spreadsheet form.

Timing: September/October

Est. 15 hours




Interested applicants should email their resume or team profile and letter of interest to jobs@fusecorps.org.  Subject line should read: Program Evaluation Services.


Within the letter of interest, please address each qualification mentioned above, describing the following:

  1. Alignment with FUSE mission
  2. Experience and previous work related to this project
  3. Proposed approach to scope of work outlined in request for proposal
  4. Ability to work quickly/independently
  5. Estimated budget and team composition


FUSE Corps is an equal opportunity employer with a core value of incorporating diverse perspectives into our work at every level. We strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply for this position.