Data Collection/Research Firm Sri Lanka

  • Field assignment
  • Posted on 17 July 2019

Job Description

International Business & Technical Consultants, Inc. (IBTCI) is seeking to identify potential subcontractor(s) to support mixed-method research studies in multiple sectors in Sri Lanka This requirement will be supporting a Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) prime contract #95332418C0288 for Developing MCC-Specific Approach to Social and Behavior Change Communication in Multiple Sectors (“SBC Forward”). IBTCI is seeking capable firms established and/or operating in Sri Lanka to support this prime contract. Topics of interest may land tenancy and/or public transport including a gender component.

Please submit all documents electronically to Mohammad Taheri at and copy Zack Peters at no later than 5:00 PM (EST) Friday, July 26, 2019.

Expression of Interest Instructions

All documents are to be proposed in English.

  1. Capability Statement: This should be a 5-10 page description of the organization’s structure and experience, especially with qualitative and quantitative research methods and evaluations in the relevant countries and sectors as detailed in the attached Draft Scope of Work (SOW). Offerors should summarize the ability to:
    1. assure professional translation of research instruments and documents;
    2. secure ethical clearance in country from designated institution(s);
    3. implement data collection using qualitative and quantitative methods of similar size and scope;
    4. employ field work supervisors, data collectors, quality control supervisors, and drivers;
    5. train and mobilize data collectors under a tight timeline;
    6. support in cognitive interviewing to inform data collection tools and in pretesting and finalizing instruments such as key informant interviews (KII) and household surveys;
    7. use electronic or paper-based instruments for data collection as required; and
    8. complete data entry, check data quality on a rolling basis, and support data analysis.
  1. A copy of Tax ID Registration, corporate business registration, or operating license in the country/region.
  1. Any comments or questions on the Draft SOW that may assist IBTCI and shortlisted firms in later stages of this procurement and implementation.

Selection, Proposal, and Award

Offerors that follow the RFI instructions and submit a competitive capabilities statement will be shortlisted, at IBTCI’s discretion, to respond to a request for proposals (RFP) at a later date. The RFP will request additional information such as price/budget, technical approach, personnel, and past performance examples.

IBTCI, at its sole discretion, intends to award a single or multiple award IDIQ Subcontract with Time & Materials and Firm Fixed Price Task Orders, based on the prime Scope of Work

Draft Scope of Work

IBTCI has been contracted by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to support the integration of social and behavior change communication (SBCC) into the MCC’s programming. IBTCI will conduct research to identify a small number of priority behaviors and employ a doer/non-doer analysis to identify determinants of those behaviors as well as solution pathways that are critical to change in order to achieve behavior change goals and ensure project success and sustainability. A doer/non-doer analysis could be replaced with a positive deviance approach if desired practices are not commonly performed in target populations. MCC will consider the findings and recommendations from this research to design/improve interventions which among other activities will target these priority behaviors.

Once behavior change interventions are under implementation, IBTCI will conduct due diligence on the designed intervention and provide iterative technical oversight and process evaluation(s). Simultaneously, IBTCI and its partner FHI 360 will promote understanding within MCC of the fundamental importance of changing critical behaviors, and will build internal SBCC capacity, ownership, and tools to integrate SBCC into the Compact/Threshold development process.


The Subcontractor shall support the Prime Contractor, IBTCI, in the implementation of research, due diligence, and process evaluation activities with the technical assistance and managerial/logistics support necessary to secure ethical approval and engage in field studies using qualitative and quantitative data collection methods on one or more of the following topics:

  • Public Transportation and Women’s Safety in Sri Lanka
  • Land Tenure and Legal Literacy in Sri Lanka

The Subcontractor shall support three overarching activities:

  1. Secure ethical approval of the research protocols from the appropriate national body in compliance with local regulations associated with human subject research;
  2. Conduct qualitative and quantitative data collection; and
  3. Provide qualitative transcripts and quantitative data files for analysis.

All work shall be performed under technical leadership of the Prime Contractor. The period of performance is until September 26, 2019, with the possibility to exercise up to four option years through 2023.

Purpose and Focus of the Research

Research will be guided by four questions: a) what are the specific consequences of performing behaviors (of interest), b) what makes it possible to perform the behavior, c) what prompts the behavior to be enacted, and d) what hinders behavior performance?

Qualitative research will be conducted first to inform the quantitative research. Research will be conducted with individuals performing (doers) and not performing (non-doers) the practices of interest. If services have not been yet initiated in a given geographic area, we will seek study participants from other locations where the services may already be in place. Interviews will be conducted with individuals belonging to identified categories of users which may vary depending on the topic addressed (i.e. households, farmers, small industry, teachers, school administrators, students, etc.). At the user level, the team will interview both men and women, whilst paying attention to particularly vulnerable groups. Other categories of respondents may also be included, for example community leaders and representatives from the utilities or organizations providing services. Qualitative data may also be used to triangulate findings with quantitative data.

In the next stage, the Subcontractor will administer quantitative surveys/questionnaires and observation protocols (as appropriate) among a selection of individuals who perform the behavior(s) (doers) and people who do not (non-doers) for comparison of the responses between groups. The quantitative research will be guided by the following question: which barriers and facilitators appear to be the optimal components of a future intervention?

Respondents from the quantitative survey may be selected amongst both doers and non-doers to be further interviewed qualitatively in order to assess how and why the targeted behaviors are performed or promoted.


The study/studies will be conducted in late 2019 or 2020 as agreed to between IBTCI and MCC. The Subcontractor shall be prepared to mobilize sufficient resources to complete each phase of data collection in 2-3 weeks, or according to the work plan.

About the Organization

International Business & Technical Consultants, Inc. (IBTCI), a U.S. based international development consulting company established in 1987, has worked in over one hundred countries and implemented over two hundred projects. IBTCI serves government agencies, private sector companies and several donor agencies. IBTCI specializes in Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) across many sectors including, but not limited to, conflict and crisis, democracy and governance, economic growth, education, environment, and global health.

More information

Revised EOI for Sri Lanka Data Collection Firms.docx

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