California Social Work Education Center
Title IV-E MSW & BSW Program
Request for Curriculum Module Proposals
SECTION 1: GENERAL INFORMATION
Date of Issue: August 1, 2006
Purpose and Background:
The Research and Development (R & D) Committee of the California Social Work
Education Center (CalSWEC) Board of Directors seeks proposals for curriculum
development projects for funding in FY 2007-2008 (July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2008). The
Committee’s mission in part is to sponsor curriculum projects that advance` best practice
knowledge of social workers in public child welfare and build curricula for graduate
social work education and agency staff development. Funded curriculum module
projects capture and disseminate current child welfare knowledge; they are not
intended to generate new knowledge through original research. In order to impart
current knowledge or practice methods in the field, funded projects must 1) address one
or more of the subject matter categories identified below, and 2) produce in a timely
manner a camera-ready, publishable version of a curriculum module that may be used
readily in a graduate or advanced undergraduate social work classroom or an agency
training program. The curriculum modules are disseminated to all schools of social work
and child welfare agencies throughout the state.
Grants are typically awarded to those candidates that best meet the identified curriculum
priorities noted below. Proposals that in the judgment of CalSWEC do not meet one
of the identified priorities will not be reviewed. Proposals are also evaluated on:
proposed curriculum goals, design and methods; qualifications of staff; organizational
capacity and level of collaboration, and fiscal management plan (see Section 3 of RFP).
Curriculum Development Priorities:
The curriculum priorities for this RFP were formulated by members of the CalSWEC
Board of Directors and its Curriculum and Training Committee, and based on results of
the annual Title IV-E New Graduate Survey conducted by CalSWEC and the CalSWEC
Curriculum Snapshots completed by faculty of CalSWEC member schools.
Priority # 1:
Strategies for assessing and working effectively with substance abuse and/ or
mental illness issues in public child welfare practice. The project will present
existing best practice knowledge and impart evidence-supported practical and clinical
assessment tools and intervention techniques to social workers working with families
and children who meet one or more of the following criteria:
a. Families in which mental illness is present, as a well-being and safety issues
for the caregiving adults and/or children and youth in the family.
b. Families in which substance abuse is present, as a well-being and safety
issue for the caregiving adults and /or the children and youth in the family.
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The Child Welfare Social Worker in the Court Setting. The project will present
current expectations of a public child welfare social worker who works with the
courts, including applicable laws and compliance with legal mandates, preparation of
clients for court appearances, courtroom protocol and legal process, and the preferred
style and essential components of court reports and verbal testimony. Based on
current knowledge of the California court system, the project will provide social
workers practicing in public child welfare the general, practical knowledge and legal
context needed to perform effectively in most courtroom settings, as well as
techniques for communicating legal protocol and process to client families and
Teaching faculty from the participating CalSWEC graduate social work education
programs, in collaboration with county public agencies, are eligible to apply.
• August 1, 2006 – RFP distributed to eligible institutions
• August 15, 2006 to November 1, 2006—Question and Answer Period (See page
• December 5, 2006—Final proposals due to CalSWEC.
Other dates relevant to the RFP and Proposals are listed in the “Timeline for the RFP
selection process” on page 7, and in the “Post-Award Obligations/Deliverables” section
Prior to funding, prospective awardees are expected to:
• Modify title and abstracts, if requested.
• Submit revised budgets, if requested.
• Confirm match requirement with your local CalSWEC Title IV-E program.
• Must have review, approval and signature of appropriate fiscal agent.
• Obtain/approval and signatures from Title IV-E Program Principal investigator
As a condition of funding, grant awardees agree to:
1. Use award funds only as approved by CalSWEC and in compliance with all
applicable policies as defined in the master subcontract received by the grant
awardees local CalSWEC Title IVE program.
2. Produce semi-annual Progress Report due at mid point in the project.
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3. Produce curriculum by July 1st of the year of the project. NOTE: If curriculum
is not received and approved within designated timeline, the final invoice will not
be approved for payment.
4. A presentation of curriculum at designated CalSWEC Board Meeting and/or other
statewide forums (CWDA, Regional Training Academies) and CalSWEC
teleconferences for dissemination.
Copyright Constraints: CalSWEC and CDSS shall be granted the right to a
nontransferable, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, nonexclusive license to use,
reproduce, publish or republish, or otherwise disseminate the curriculum materials (“the
work”) produced with CalSWEC support for government or research and educational
purposes. No articles or other materials incorporating all or portions of the work may be
submitted to journals or other media for publication before the curriculum has been
submitted and disseminated by CalSWEC. Following such submission and
dissemination, Principal Author (PA) is then free and encouraged to publish the work
with a clearly stated acknowledgement of CalSWEC and CDSS as the original funding
organization and copyright holder of the curriculum.
Submit final applications to:
Susan Jacquet, Ph.D. CalSWEC Research Specialist:
(510) 643-9846 (phone)
(510) 642-8573 (fax)
Regular Postal address: FEDEX or UPS Address:
California Social Work Education Center California Social Work Education Center
UC, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare University of California, Berkeley
Marchant Building, Suite 420 6701 San Pablo, Suite 420
6701 San Pablo Oakland, CA 94608
Berkeley, CA 94720-7420
Question and Answer Period:
In order to assist those who may have questions regarding this RFP and the process, a
Question and Answer document will be provided online from August 15, 2006 to
November 1, 2006. Send questions, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Use the phrase
“CalSWEC RFP PROCESS” in the subject line. The Questions and Responses will be
posted beginning August 15, 2006 on the CalSWEC website at:
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SECTION 2: INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION
APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED ON OR BEFORE THE CALSWEC
DEADLINE OF DECEMBER 5, 2006 IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR
FUNDING. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS.
The CalSWEC Research and Development Committee and Curriculum and Training
Committee will review all proposals and committee decisions are final. Use only the
forms provided in submitting this application. Applications should be computer-printed
or typed, double-spaced with font set at 12 point. All four margins must be at least ¾ of
an inch. The principal author’s name must appear in the upper right hand corner of each
PLEASE ADHERE TO FOLLOWING OUTLINE WHEN SUBMITTING YOUR
1. Proposal Verification Sheet: Fill out this sheet (attached) completely, including
2. Title and Abstract Page: Limit the abstract to 100 words.
3. Project Narrative: The Project Narrative Statement should not exceed 12 pages
including text, tables, charts, graphs, and should be written in clear and concise
language. Appendices are not part of the page limit. The specifics of the elements
of the project narrative are outlined below:
a. Project objectives, significance and practical implications
b. Project Management Plan
c. Staff qualifications and commitment
d. Organization capability and collaborative arrangements
e. Fiscal Management Plan
[For full explanation of evaluation criteria, please go to page Section 3, page 8 of the
4. Budget Information: A detailed budget should be submitted for the year of the
project, and should be accompanied by a descriptive Budget Justification (not to
exceed 2 pages) and should be included as Section “e” of the outline presented
above. A Budget Template is attached to this document.
a. Terms of Award: Funds are provided by the University of California,
Berkeley California Social Work Education Center for the Title IV-E
MSW and BSW Training Program each year by the State of California.
Awardees are expected to account for the expenditure of grant funds and
for the performance of work as agreed upon in a timely manner so that
CalSWEC may file reports and answer inquiries from the legislature and
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b. Award Distribution: The award period for FY 2007/2008 will be July 1,
2007 – June 30, 2008. Awards are for one fiscal year. No funds may be
carried forward. No additional funds will be awarded.
c. Use of Funds: Award funds may only be used for expenditures necessary
to carry out the approved curriculum development work to achieve the
approved project goals. Consistent with master contract policies, recipient
campuses are required to maintain accounts, records, and other evidence
pertaining to costs incurred. Awardees may be subject to examination and
audit by the Regents of the University of California and the Auditor
General of the State of California. Examination and audit will be confined
to those matters connected with the performance of this award, including,
but not limited to, administering of the award.
d. Allowable Costs: Salaries, fringe benefits, travel and per diem for:
(1) Staff personnel (including support staff) assigned full time to
training functions and;
(2) Staff personnel assigned part time to training functions to the
extent time is spent performing such functions.
(3) Consultant costs for experts outside the agency engaged to
develop or conduct special programs; and
(4) Costs of postage, teaching supplies, purchase or development of
teaching materials, and other consumables
e. Items Not Allowed: According to the CalSWEC contract with the state of
California, the following items are not allowable for the funded projects:
(1) Stipends (4) Out-of-State travel
(2) Honoraria (5) Meeting & Entertainment expenses
(3) Equipment (6) Indirect costs
Do NOT include these in your budget, as they will have to be
f. Match Requirements: A match of at least 27.5% of the total project costs
will be required from each school and/or co-sponsoring public agency
sponsoring the project. No third party in-kind match (i.e., nonprofit
agency) can be accepted. The source of the matching funds must not
originate from Title IV-E funds. The amount of the match stated is based
on the contracts of past funding years, and is subject to change. To ensure
that you have arrived at 27.5 % of your Total Costs, use either of the
i. “Direct Costs” divided by 72.5% (.725) equals “total project
costs.” Multiply “Total project costs” by 27.5% (.275).
ii. Multiply the “Total Funds Requested” by .37931.
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g. Direct Cost Limit: The total direct costs of the project—including multi-
year projects—should not exceed $15,000.
h. Rebudgeting or amendments: CalSWEC will file only one budget
amendment with the State during the fiscal year, usually in February.
Expenses within one line item may be increased by a maximum of 20%,
but in no instance can an approved budget be increased. When submitting
a request for a budget amendment, submit a new budget and justification
by the deadline announced to the CalSWEC Project Coordinator. All
rebudgets or amendments must be submitted through the local Project
5. Appendices: Supporting documentation such as curriculum vitae of the authors,
and letters of support (e.g. from directors or project managers, school deans or
directors, and any other organizations) are to be included in the Appendices.
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SECTION 3: SELECTION PROCESS
The CalSWEC R & D and Curriculum Committees will review the proposals submitted
that meet one of the stated priorities. Members of the Committees from schools
submitting proposals will not be part of the review process. The reviewers will assess
submitted proposals on the evaluation criteria as outlined in this section (see below).
• Each year CalSWEC will fund from 1 to 4 projects. Projects may be funded in
whole or in part.
• Below is the timeline of the selection process.
~~ Timeline for the RFP selection process ~~
August 15 -
August 1 , 2006 Dec. 5, 2006 Early Jan. 2007 Late Jan. 2007 Feb. 2007 Mar. 2007
Nov. 1, 2006
Question and Proposals Proposal CDSS for
RFP Posted Proposals Due submission to
Answer Period Reviewed Revisions Due approval as part
of Title IV-E
Applications will be scored competitively with the evaluation criteria described
below. These criteria will be used in conjunction with other expectations, priorities and
requirements set forth throughout this announcement to evaluate how well each proposal
addresses the CalSWEC priorities and goals for funding. Each proposal will be rated on
the following criteria, with a maximum score for any one proposal of 100 points.
A. Priority Areas, Project Objectives, Significance and Practical Implications
(maximum of 20 points)
1. The extent to which the proposed project addresses the priorities identified in
2. The extent to which the proposed project framework is appropriate, feasible, and
would significantly contribute to the CalSWEC mission and curriculum needs.
3. The effectiveness with which the discussion articulates the following:
a. Critical child welfare issues and the complex interrelationships among major
b. How current knowledge would be evidenced in the proposed curriculum
c. The extent to which the identified curriculum objectives for the budget period
would be useful for policy and practice.
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B. Design and Methods (maximum of 15 points)
The extent to which the applicant's proposal:
1. Includes a literature review of evidence supported practices related to or on the
curriculum topic and uses this literature to guide the design and content of the
2. Reflects sensitivity to technical, logistical, cultural and ethical issues;
3. Includes realistic strategies for the resolution of difficulties.
C. Management Plan (maximum of 10 points)
The extent to which the proposal:
1. Presents a sound, workable and cohesive plan of action that demonstrates how the
work will be carried out on time, within budget and with a high degree of quality;
2. Includes a reasonable schedule (time-line) of target dates and accomplishments;
3. Presents a sound plan for the coordination of activities carried out by all
4. Demonstrates inclusion of the Title IV-E faculty and coordinator of the host
D. Staff Qualifications and Commitment (maximum of 10 points)
1. The extent to which key staff, consultants, curriculum developers and other
necessary personnel demonstrate competence in areas addressed by the proposed
project. Includes relevant background, experience, training and work on related
or similar projects. (CV’s included)
2. The extent to which staffing is adequate for the project design, field work if any,
collaboration with other scholars, and curriculum development activities.
E. Organizational Capability and Collaborative Arrangements (maximum of 10
1. The extent to which:
a. The applicant's organizational capacities are adequate to carry out the tasks of
the proposed project;
b. The applicant can effectively and efficiently administer a project of the
proposed size, complexity and scope;
c. The applicant has the capacity to coordinate activities with other organizations
that may be involved;
d. The applicant has the capacity to carry out all proposed functions and roles.
2. As evidenced in the letter(s) of support for the project/partnership, the extent to
a. The partnership is well structured, with relevant roles for participating
b. The partners are appropriate and significantly committed to the curriculum
development as evidenced by letters of commitment;
c. The partners have the ability to carry out collaborative curriculum
development activities within the proposed partnership;
d. The partners will contribute adequate organizational resources;
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e. The partnership has significant fiscal commitment and support;
f. A representative of the collaborating agency(s) signs the cover sheet.
F. Curriculum Development Plan (maximum of 20 points)
The extent to which:
1. The proposed curriculum addresses specific CalSWEC child welfare
competencies; (See CalSWEC website
http://calswec.berkeley.edu/CalSWEC/Curric_Comps.html for complete list)
2. The proposed curriculum meets the stated RFP priorities and will provide a
unique contribution to the current CalSWEC MSW and/or BSW curricula and to
child welfare agencies. (See CalSWEC website
3. The proposed curriculum offers an innovative design, organization of content,
and/ or a redesign in delivery methods such as “learner centered” or “problem
based learning” approach.
4. The proposed curriculum can be easily utilized by teaching faculty and child
5. The applicant explains how the proposed curriculum can be implemented for
optimal effect on child welfare education and training.
6. The proposed curriculum offers a detailed plan for dissemination and a proposal
for integration with the MSW curriculum.
G. Fiscal Resources and Project Budget. (maximum of 15 points)
The extent to which:
1. The proposed project costs are reasonable, the funds are appropriately allocated
across component areas, and the budget is sufficient to accomplish the objectives;
2. The matching funds are sufficient (i.e. the proper percentage of the total budget)
and reliable (i.e. from legitimate non-IV-E sources.) If in doubt contact the
financial dept at the university, or send an email to the Question and Answer
period (See page 3);
3. A fiscal agent has reviewed the budget and signed the cover sheet.
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SECTION 4: PRIOR PROJECT AWARDS
CalSWEC’s website has a complete list of all Curriculum projects that have been funded.
If you wish to review this list, please go to:
The CalSWEC Library which lists CalSWEC Curriculum Committee’s Curriculum
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SECTION 5: FORMS
The following forms are to be used for submission of the application:
• Proposal Verification Sheet
• Title and Abstract Page - Include the following
o Title of the project
o Principal author and all contributing authors with complete contact
o Purpose of the project
o Abstract - Not to exceed 100 words.
• Project Narrative
• Budget Justification
o CVs for all authors
o Letters of support
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CALSWEC Research and Development Committee
For Funding year 2007-2008
PROPOSAL VERIFICATION SHEET
Title of Project:
Principal Author (Contact Person): Title:
Telephone: Fax: E-mail:
Collaborating Institution(s): ________________________
Funds Requested for funding year 2007-2008: $______________ Amount of Match: $_____________
Total Grant Funds Requested: $____________ Total Match: $_______________
This proposal complies with all the guidelines and Post Award Obligations/Deliverables including
the copyright issues outlined in the CalSWEC August 2006 RFP.
Principal Author (Print) Fiscal Agent (Print)
California Social Work Education Center
Title IV-E MSW & BSW Program
Proposal for Funding Year 2007-2008
Purpose of the project:
Abstract: [Not to exceed 100 words]
[Note: Do not exceed 12 pages for narrative including text, tables, charts, etc.
A: Project Objectives, Significance and Practical Implications.
B: Project Design and Plan.
C: Management Plan.
D: Staff Qualifications.
E: Organization Capability and Collaborative Arrangements.
a. Justification (do not exceed 5 pages)
b. Budget page (see template next page)
[Line items may be eliminated or added as befits the project. ]
[Submit a budget for the fiscal year of the project with dates July 1 through June 30, and include all
cost related to each of the activities.]
Dates of funding:____________________
Curriculum Mid year and Final Matching funds
Line Items development report writing
Subtotal Personnel &
Supplies and Services
* Note: No out of state travel or equipment purchases will be funded.
** Refer to “Allowable costs” and “Items not allowed” guidelines.
APPENDIX – A
APPENDIX – B
APPENDIX – C