posted on Jan. 8, 2016
On behalf of the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS), CRNBC has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the purpose of inviting qualified Vendors to respond with a written proposal to operationalize NCAS’s Computer-Based Assessment tool.
RFP name: Computer-based Assessment Tool for NCASO
RFP issued by: CRNBC
RFP issue date: Monday, Dec. 21, 2015
RFP closing date: Friday, Jan. 15, 2016
RFP contact person: Lynn Cairns (email communication only)
Yes. We will consider responses where a partnership with another vendor who provides physical proctored assessment location services is proposed (sub-contracting to a host location provider).
NCAS will develop the item bank (new questions) and the CBA Vendor’s psychometrician will ensure the questions are psychometrically sound, which includes item analysis, validation and standard setting.
The CBA Vendor will load, test, and ensure the questions are ready for high stakes assessment.
The CBA Vendor will be responsible for training Registry/Regulatory SMEs (Item writers and Reviewers, NCAS Content Manager, and Nursing Community Leads) on their Assessment Platform.
The CBA Vendor’s psychometrician will facilitate the standard setting process to ensure the process is psychometrically sound.
The CBA Vendor’s psychometrician will support the development of the IEP Candidate reports to ensure results are psychometrically sound. Two sets of reports will be expected:
We anticipate that 200 of the 400 LPN candidates will be dual assessment each year, requiring them to take the CBA assessment twice (LPN and RN CBA assessments) and yes, will require two different reports in the same period.
As per the RFP, CBA vendors must have the ability to administer and manage the item bank maintenance process throughout each year. Please see below notes and Table 1 of section 3.0 of the RFP:
CBA questionsready for Ops
CBA questions to be revised in Ops (1st yr.)**
New CBA questions in 2nd year***
Notes*There are 100 questions ready for each role. The CBA Vendor will be responsible to load, test and ensure these questions are ready for high stakes assessments.**There are ~50 to 85 additional questions drafted for each role. The CBA Vendor’s psychometrician will ensure the final versions of these questions are psychometrically sound. The CBA Vendor will load, test, and ensure the questions are ready for high stakes assessment.
*** 25 new questions per role will be developed in the 2nd year. The CBA Vendor’s psychometrician will ensure the final versions of these questions are psychometrically sound. The CBA Vendor will load, test, and ensure the questions are ready for high stakes assessment.
Vendor will work with NCAS to assemble the assessments on a regular basis.
Please refer to Appendix C of the RFP for Statement of Reporting Requirement. An individual report is required by candidate for the regulator. The vendor, however, must produce two different reports. 1) detailed for the regulatory/registry and 2) one summary version for the candidate.
No, the service vendor must provide their approach to address the estimated volume info provided. The vendor must be able to illustrate their ability to handle actual volume.
The vendor must be able to track and transfer data related to candidate demographic data, scheduling and status information, assessment results and fee information.
This is for Simulation Lab Assessment only. There is no onsite coordinator required for the CBA. A Proctor would be required for the CBA.
No, we do not require a single sign-on. They need to have a tool that can transfer data to NCAS.
The CBA vendor proposes a recommended schedule and NCAS approves the schedule.
The CBA needs to have the capacity to collect a user fee when the candidate schedules their assessment. Please note that NCAS will set a user fee model.
The CBA vendor is responsible for providing all training material for their proctors. This includes training material for their assessment platform usage
This is a general item related to the budget. The vendor should consider potential insurance costs (e.g. tablets). This information is optional, not required.
Correct. The onsite coordinator is there to proctor the assessment.
The vendor must have a registration and scheduling tool that can send and reciev data files through electronic file transfer to the NCAS's centralized referral and registration tool.