Software updates and System training for continuity in data collection of the BRFSS for State health Departments and data collectors using Ci3 and Sensus for WinCATI
|Agency:||Department of Health and Human Services|
|Level of Government:||Federal|
|Posted Date:||Feb 14, 2019|
|Due Date:||Mar 1, 2019|
Feb 14, 20192:50 pm
This is a NOTICE OF INTENT TO AWARD A SOLE SOURCE CONTRACT (as prescribed in FAR 6.302-1(a)(2). This notice is for informational and planning purposes and does not constitute a solicitation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention intends to solicit and award a contract on a soles sources basis to Comeau Associates
Since 1984, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) has provided financial support through cooperative agreements to State Health Departments to collect health-related behavioral risk factor information on adult populations. The Population Health Surveillance Branch (PHSB) has 54 cooperative agreements with State Health Departments. The mode of data collection is a random digit dialed telephone survey. The "state-of-the-art" in telephone survey data collection methodology is computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI). CATI programs (telephone interview programs and upgrades) save valuable person-hours on the telephone and save significant time cleaning and processing data. CATI programs significantly reduce errors in telephone interviewing compared to paper-and-pencil administration.
Several CATI software systems are available to the State Health Departments for data collection. Most States have adopted WinCATI software developed by Sawtooth Technologies, a computer software developer. The BRFSS provides financial support to State Health Departments to upgrade WinCATI software or maintain WinCATI applications in order to maintain continuity in data collection, improve data quality measures, and provide control of sample management. Effective consistent data collection is important to the quality and credibility of the BRFSS data collected each month. The data collection process is conducted through each State Health Department. Interviewing respondents by telephone has become increasingly difficult. Training of new interviewers, upgrades to CATI systems, mailing lead letters prior to the calling period, and CATI questionnaire programming to assign appropriate disposition codes are just a few of the actions which must be addressed on an annual basis to maintain consistent data collection of the BRFSS. Other steps to improve data quality include monitoring of interviewers, improved screening of the sample, real-time checks for data inconsistencies during interviewing, and review and analysis of the daily reports on the sample activity.
Comeau Associates is the author of programs and procedures that customize the Ci3 and Sensus questionnaire programs for use with WinCATI software code and perform tasks essential to BRFSS survey purposes. The development of the programs using proprietary information from the WinCATI software has enabled survey supervisors to better manage the sample, interviewer monitoring, and appropriate coding of dispositions; install updates to the CATI questionnaire; and prepare, review and analyze daily reports on the sample activity. The successful implementation of the programs from Comeau Associates has improved the stability and quality of data collection in twenty-nine of the states and territories conducting the BRFSS.
This is a new requirement and there is no incumbent.
The estimated period of performance is April 1, 2019-March 31, 2020
The NAICS code for this action is 541519 -- Other Computer Related Services.
Interested sources may identify their interest and capability to respond to the requirement or submit a proposal to email@example.com no later than 15 calendar days after release of this synopsis. Proposals received within 15 days after publication will be considered by the Government. Information received will be considered solely for the purpose of determining whether to conduct a competitive procurement.
Contracting Office Address:
2920 Brandywine Road, Room 3000
Atlanta, Georgia 30341-4146
Place of Performance:
Milford, NH 03055
Primary Point of Contact.:
Jerry W. Outley,
Team Lead/Contracting Officer
Secondary Point of Contact:
Tiffney Griner Esslinger,
Atlanta, Georgia 30341-4146
Milford, New Hampshire 03055
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