SACRAMENTO, CA—The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) is reassessing what it means to be considered an “expert” in the STEMM fields, and the body of expertise needed to effectively make policies stronger with science. As part of its ongoing efforts in this area, CCST seeks to partner with a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) consultant to provide guidance and direction to CCST staff in the design and application of an updated definition of “scientific expertise” in our science advisory services.
CCST is utilizing a competitive selection process, referred to herein as a request for proposals (RFP), to select one or more expert consultants to support this work. This is not a bid, but a RFP that could become the basis for negotiations leading to a contract with one or more vendors to provide the tools and services described in this document.
CCST reserves the right to cancel or withdraw the request for proposals at any time if we deem it is in the best interests of our organization.
A. ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW
Established in 1988, CCST is a nonpartisan, nonprofit corporation that connects California’s leading scientists and research institutions with policymakers to inform public policy development with science and technology (S&T). CCST is a “boundary organization”: we convene and draw expertise from universities and nonprofit research institutions, the private sector, and government to solve problems by leveraging the collective contributions from each sector.
CCST works with a range of government, research, and philanthropic partners to build more agile, inclusive, and impactful S&T advisory frameworks; elevate policymaker awareness of the S&T contributions of California’s research institutions; and foster a more diverse and inclusive network of S&T-savvy policy leaders. As a boundary organization, we avoid advocating for specific political positions, agendas, or outcomes (unlike lobbying or policymaking organizations).
Our core values of service, independence, and partnership are anchored in our foundational commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion:
B. STATEMENT OF NEEDS
CCST provides value to the State of California by enhancing policymaker access to S&T advice that is informed by diverse expert perspectives and translated to be relevant in California’s policy landscape. To be effective, CCST’s science advisory services – our peer-reviewed studies, workshops, and expert briefings – must draw from diverse expertise in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) fields.
CCST recognizes that the STEMM fields are characterized by systemic racism and inequities that disproportionately impact members of underrepresented minority communities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, and women. As we engage with diverse experts to meet our mission, CCST has opportunities – and a responsibility – to promote DEI in STEMM.
Purpose of this RFP: CCST seeks assistance in defining guidelines for engaging STEMM expertise (referred to herein as “scientific expertise”) that extends beyond traditional disciplinary representation and definitions of expertise in STEMM fields. We intend to develop a broader definition of scientific expertise, along with guidelines for identifying, engaging with, and compensating diverse scientific experts in the development and implementation of our science advisory services. We envision this work occurring in two phases, which may be supported individually or by the same vendor.
Phase 1. Workshops on Defining Scientific Expertise
Timeline: April – October 2022
Phase 2: Developing Guidelines and Metrics for Engaging Diverse Expertise
Timeline: June – October 2022
C. SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
D. PROPOSAL EVALUATION
Please direct any questions about this RFP to Brie Lindsey, PhD, [email protected]
About the California Council on Science and Technology
The California Council on Science and Technology is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established via the California State Legislature — making California’s policies stronger with science and technology since 1988. We engage leading experts in science and technology to advise State policymakers — ensuring that California policy is strengthened and informed by scientific knowledge, research, and innovation.