The Center for Procurement Excellence is pleased to announce a free new interactive web series, “Ask of the RFP Doctor”. In this first-of-its-kind virtual discussion, procurement experts provide practical advice in addressing today’s purchasing, supply chain, and acquisition challenges. Here’s how it works:

• Teaching Moment (15 minutes): the RFP Doctor will kick things off with a brief presentation targeted at a specific topic

• CPE Virtual Peer Group (30 minutes): next, we will split up into small groups and give attendees an opportunity to network with each other and have a discussion on a relevant topic. Learn More

• Ask the RFP Doctor – Office Hours (15 minutes or until the questions run out!): we’ll come back together for an open Q&A session.  Have a challenging RFP ahead?  Have a unique situation?  Bring your questions and let’s get it figured out!

Third Thursdays of every month starting at 12:00pm Central

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Upcoming Ask the RFP Doctor Events

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Announcing CPE’s New RFP Library

Our RFP Library contains more than 3,000 RFPs & SOWs issued in the last 15 years.  We’ll showcase how to navigate the RFP Library, which is organized into 4 collections of IT, AEC, FM, and Business Services. 

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The Administrative Burdens of Reference Checks

There are many ways to perform reference checks on proposing firms… so how can we do this as efficiently as possible?  We’ll recommend ways to streamline your procedures.

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Document Deficiencies During the RFP Process

Research shows that contractors discover nearly two-thirds of document deficiencies during the proposal phase.  Yet owners usually don’t learn of these until afterthe contract is signed.  So what can we do in the RFP phase to encourage earlier–and more transparent–feedback from our contractors?

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Can you evaluate Fee in A/E Procurements? 

Architecture & engineering (A/E) professionals have traditionally been procured by QBS, yet clients are increasingly seeking to evaluate fees.  Is this OK?  Let’s scratch the surface of this hot-button topic!

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What is Cost Worth?

Remember the joys of mathematical proofs from grade school?  The RFP Doctors are whipping out their calculators to PROVE the fundamental equation of cost evaluations (Cost > 35% = LOW BID)

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What are the “Best” Evaluation Criteria?

The fundamental purpose of evaluation criteria is to differentiate between competing proposals.  But which criteria do this the best?  We’ll breakdown a study that investigated this question across 1,850 proposals. 

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CPE Virtual Peer Groups

CPE’s Virtual Peer Groups provide attendees an opportunity to network in one of four areas below. We’ll provide a suggested topic, and invite attendees to provide feedback and advice with each other.

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