Writing a Request for Proposals (RFP) can feel daunting. As you face an upcoming need for goods or services, you may be tempted to fall back on a previously issued version of an RFP, simply mimic what a peer city or state has done, or renew an existing contract - even though you know you could probably find a better-performing vendor.
But an RFP is the foundation for achieving strategic goals and improving outcomes for residents through contracting, and such an opportunity shouldn't be wasted. This template, which pairs with our RFP Template, provides a model for a response workbook that accompanies an RFP document. Using a response workbook can be a valuable tool to help proposers have a structured way to submit their proposal to your government and can make evaluation of proposals far easier. You'll also find sample questions in this template that you can ask of proposers in your RFP.