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Evaluation Scorecards

How-to Guide: Evaluation Scorecards

Deciding what to buy and whom to buy it from is a pivotal moment in any procurement. Who is awarded a government contract not only directly impacts how a government is able to deliver services to residents, but it also means that some vendors—and not others—receive an allocation of public resources. For this reason, the decision must also be fair and transparent.

An evaluation scorecard is a tool that helps RFP evaluators and project managers make selection decisions that are unbiased, consistent, and data-driven. This quick read provides examples of evaluation scorecards and shares tips for how to use this tool to standardize your evaluation methodology, reduce evaluator bias, facilitate discussion, and justify evaluation decisions.