Request for Proposals: Ongoing Translation Services

The Urban Institute is nationally recognized for the quality and rigor of its analytic work. Researchers employ sophisticated sampling, statistical, and geospatial methods to analyze both survey and administrative data.  At Urban, in-house staff members conduct surveys and fieldwork, including survey design, questionnaire development, pretesting, sampling, data collection, and data entry and editing. Urban staff members are also skilled in methodologies used in qualitative and field-oriented research, including structured or semistructured interviews, focus groups, and direct observation.

The Urban Institute’s Strategic Communications and Outreach team uses innovative engagement tools and techniques to elevate debates about social and economic policy. Thought leaders, policymakers, advocacy groups, academics, program administrators, and interested stakeholders are all engaging with the dynamic content Urban is publishing on a daily basis. As part of Urban’s production efforts, we produce deliverables ranging from blog posts to web features to briefs and reports. The audiences for these products are wide and varying and include non-English speakers. Additionally, the work we perform can directly involve non-English speakers in the research process who must be properly informed about and sometimes aided in their participation. All these efforts require translation support in varying ways.

Vendors interested in submitting a proposal in response to this request for proposals (RFP) must prepare proposals in accordance with the instructions contained in this RFP.

When are applications due?

Applications must be submitted by 8:00 p.m. EST on December 8, 2021. If applicants are able, they are welcome to submit applications earlier.

Selected awardees will be notified on a rolling basis in December and January.

What if I have questions?

Questions are due October 27, 2021.

Questions and answers will be shared in an online document that is accessible to all applicants and updated daily.