RFP Questions and Answers

Quality Assurance Program Review

Question 1: Is there an estimated commencement date for this project?

The Quality Assurance Subcommittee will be reviewing the submitted proposals following the May 18 deadline, with the intention of meeting the final proposal provider(s) in late June. Based on that timeline, the project would likely commence following that meeting, beginning in July 2018.

Question 2: What is the estimated budget for this project?

The Quality Assurance Subcommittee does not have a comparable figure for similar sized regulatory organisations that have undergone such a program review. As such, a budget estimate or ceiling has not been set for this project. If possible, proposals should include a reasonable budget range depending on the level and depth of review deliverables. This would range from a general overview of the Program to a fulsome thorough review and recommendations.

Question 3: Is there a preferred timeline for completing the work?

In its discussion, no specific timeline has been set out yet for this review. Given a July start date, the Quality Assurance Subcommittee would anticipate receiving a report in the fall of 2018.

Question 4: Apart from the QA Review, should the consultant provide an approach/propose the development of a new, more fulsome QA process? Should associated costs of administering such a proposal be included?

At this time, the RFP is focused on the review of the Quality Assurance Program. In their submissions, consultants can provide recommendations of new/revisions to existing College processes for the Subcommittee’s consideration. The development of a new QA process is seen as a secondary, separate project, following the review. Consultants can include the associated costs in developing such recommendations.

Previous RFPs

Alternate Canadian Entry-to-Practice Examination

(Please note: this RFP is now closed)

Question 1: Based on the description in the RFP, it would appear that the College is looking for a comprehensive assessment program to replace its current licensing exam for all prospective Ontario optometrists going forward. Is this interpretation correct?

That is one option that is available, but is not necessarily an option that the College will take.

Question 2: How many candidates does the College anticipate will apply to the assessment process, once fully operational?

The number of candidates anticipated to apply depends on several factors, and which of these factors materialize.

Question 3: Would the College be open to awarding parts of the RFP to a vendor, based on specific core competencies and experience? In particular, could the College find acceptable a response that includes the written and clinical exam development but administration of only the written component?

This would depend on the content of the proposal submitted.