Econometrica Participates in CMS Rural Maternal Health Forum

Econometrica Participates in CMS Rural Maternal Health Forum

The Econometrica Team contributed to an important discussion on actionable ways to improve maternal health outcomes in rural areas. 

On June 12, Econometrica employees joined A Conversation on Maternal Health Care in Rural Communities: Charting a Path to Improved Access, Quality, and Outcomes, a collaborative forum hosted by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in conjunction with several of its partners. The event gathered providers, researchers, policymakers, professional society members, and other stakeholders to discuss the state of maternal healthcare in rural areas and identify key priority areas and action steps to improve outcomes.

The event consisted of panels featuring key leaders in the field as well as a working lunch. Attendees created a set of key priorities and action steps for solutions under categories such as health disparities, clinical/quality improvement, social determinants of health, payment, public education and public health, workforce, and legislation. The concluding facilitated discussion delved deeper into a few of the identified priorities to identify actionable steps towards improving outcomes.

Some of the key takeaways from the session were the broad racial, ethnic, and income inequities in terms of access and health outcomes in maternal health. One presenter explained that equity is more than just an open door—it means providing equitable, culturally conscious care to people with different needs once they get to facilities. Additionally, the social determinants of health are major drivers of health outcomes in rural areas. Community Health Workers and Community Health Extension Workers can have major impacts on rural populations working in conjunction with rural-based midwives. These human resources can help with the management of a number of chronic conditions that are prevalent in rural communities.

Many presenters and attendees emphasized the importance of expanding Medicaid at the State level in addressing rural health issues. Expanding Medicaid reimbursements for the cost of care is critical (e.g., by extending Medicaid to cover services through 12 months postpartum, exploring Alternative Payment Model options, and expanding Medicaid coverage to more services such as telemedicine and doulas). Providers also emphasized the need for open source data due to difficulties for rural hospitals in collecting their own data. Workforce training is another key opportunity to improve access to maternal healthcare through loan repayment opportunities and rural residency trainings that encourage rural inhabitants to train and remain in their hometowns to practice.

Econometrica is excited to be part of such a vibrant and productive conversation with so many key leaders in the field. It was a great day!

About Econometrica:

Founded in 1998, Econometrica is a research and management organization in Bethesda, MD, established to provide public- and private-sector clients with customized program support services. Econometrica works with multiple agencies to provide high-quality, cost-effective analyses, modeling, and economic evaluations. The company consistently receives exceptional scores from its clients and believes in three principles: technical capabilities, happy customers and business development.

Read more about CMS’ rural health initiative here.

Request for Qualifications: Notice of Funding Availability for (FY) 2018 and FY 2019

Request for Qualifications: Notice of Funding Availability for (FY) 2018 and FY 2019

Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

Established in 1998, Econometrica, Inc., is an economic research and analysis firm located in Bethesda, MD. For more than 20 years, the firm has provided research, data analytics, and management services to local, state, and federal government clients, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and its grantees. Econometrica is requesting qualifications from firms and individuals interested in participating in our application in response to the HUD Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 and FY 2019 Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) (Opportunity No. FR-6200-N-06).

For more information from HUD regarding the FY 2018 and FY 2019 NOFA, the full announcement is accessible here: https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FR-6200-N-06-CCTA_CBP.pdf.

HUD’s NOFA invites competitive applications for 2 funding years, FY 2018 and FY 2019. Econometrica intends to request funding from both funding years.

Consultant/Contractor Partner RFQ Submission Deadline.

Complete responses to this Request for Quotation (RFQ), following the instructions for submission provided below, are due by January 31, 2019 at 5 p.m. ET.

If HUD extends the deadline for applications in response to its NOFA, the deadline for this RFQ will be extended.

Qualifications and Experience Required

In accordance with 2 CFR Part 200, Sections 200.317 through 200.326, Econometrica is providing in this RFQ a description of the technical requirements of functions to be performed or performance required, including the range of acceptable characteristics or minimum acceptable standards. The Community Compass initiative is designed to support HUD’s local and state grantees to address a range of challenges or obstacles to full program implementation. The goal of the technical assistance and capacity-building initiatives is to equip HUD’s grantees with the knowledge, skills, tools, organizational capacity, and systems to implement HUD programs and policies successfully and in compliance with state and federal rules, regulations, and program requirements. Therefore, Econometrica is searching for qualified firms and individuals who can provide experience and skills relevant to HUD programs, policies, systems, and initiatives.

  • These programs, policies, systems, and initiatives include but are not limited to:
  • Affordable housing, mixed finance (including Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and Rental Assistance Demonstration), and homeownership.
  • Community and economic development and, in particular, disaster resilience.
  • Homelessness.
  • Public housing operations and programs, including public housing accounting, Moving to Work, and Section 3.
  • Choice Neighborhoods, Promise Zones and Opportunity Zones.
  • Disaster Recovery Grant Reporting (DRGR), Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS), Line of Credit Control System (LOCCS), Section 3 Performance Evaluation and Registration System (SPEARS), Physical Needs Assessment (PNA), and Energy and Performance Information Center (EPIC).
  • Supportive housing and services.
  • Housing preservation, tenant participation, and capacity building.
  • Policy Development and Research (PD&R).
  • Fair housing, procurement, Davis-Bacon, energy and environment, and other cross-cutting requirements.

Evaluation Criteria

All submissions received will be reviewed against the following selection criteria:

  • Experience and Technical Qualifications: The extent to which each respondent demonstrates skills and abilities related to the description above and acceptable past experience with Econometrica, as applicable.
  • Rate Reasonableness: The extent to which rates are considered reasonable compared to the respondent’s experience and qualifications, market prices, and any rate limitations imposed by HUD. Before assigning a funded task, rates must be determined to be fair and reasonable. Respondents must be able to provide evidence of their past pattern of compensation. This evidence includes customary rates, including rates on nongovernment contracts or cooperative agreements.
  • Debarment/Suspension Check: Potential consultants found to be suspended or debarred from federal government business will not be solicited for or awarded task orders. This status is verified by searching the System for Award Management: https://www.sam.gov.
  • Small Business: Econometrica is committed to utilizing small disadvantaged businesses, minority-owned firms, American Indian- and Alaska Native-owned firms, veteran-owned firms, and women’s business enterprises whenever possible.

All consultants will be selected in compliance with the procurement procedures and standards codified in 2 CFR 200. Selection of consultants will be competitive, as required by 2 CFR § 200.320.

Qualified Applicants

Qualified individuals and organizations may be included in Econometrica’s application to the NOFA. Those included may also be asked to assist with contributing expert knowledge in areas of the application response.

Important Notes: As required by the NOFA (see Section III, Eligibility Information, Item C. Threshold Requirements, 3. Contractor/Consultant Restriction), any firm included as part of Econometrica’s application to this NOFA may not submit its own application to the NOFA. However, subcontractors and consultants may be included as such in more than one application. Qualified individuals and organizations included in Econometrica’s application will be notified in the event that Econometrica is awarded a cooperative agreement under this NOFA.

Due to the lapse in the FY 2019 Appropriations Bill funding HUD, the anticipated award date is uncertain at the time when Econometrica is issuing this RFQ; however the published NOFA projects successful applicants will be notified of an award in May 2019, with a projected 36-month (3 years) period of performance for the cooperative agreement award.

Being qualified and completing a signed quote/commitment or teaming agreement does not guarantee that the individual or firm will receive a funded assignment. Because HUD utilizes a demand-response system to provide technical assistance under cooperative agreements, Econometrica does not know at the time of application (and will not know at the time of award) the activities that it will be asked to carry out over the period of performance for a funded cooperative agreement. In the event of a fully funded award, Econometrica will issue task order assignments for services under the cooperative agreement and will consider those individuals and organizations included in Econometrica’s application to the NOFA as prequalified for these services. However, these prequalified individuals and organizations will not preclude additional individuals and organizations from qualifying during the new solicitation period.

When HUD requests services as part of the cooperative agreement, Econometrica will respond with staff members and consultants qualified to provide the services requested based on Econometrica’s determination concerning expertise, availability, rates, location (if a requirement), and other factors. Any specific work assigned to a consultant will be detailed in a task order assignment from Econometrica outlining specific actions required to meet the programmatic needs specified in the assignment received from HUD.

Instructions for Submission

  1. Review and respond to our online Skills Questionnaire, accessible here: https://econometrica.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eIPol7yM03qEwp7.

    Note:
    We encourage you to complete the online Skills Questionnaire in one sitting. It is estimated to require at most 30 minutes to complete. If you are not able to complete the questionnaire, the system will store your partial response as long as you:
    •  Return to the questionnaire on the same computer and on the same web browser.
    •  Have not cleared your browser cookies.
  2. Once you have completed the questionnaire, email your resume to Econometrica at: FY2019NOFA@EconometricaInc.com. Please use the subject line “Your Name – FY 2019 NOFA.”Note: The online Skills Questionnaire must be completed in its entirety, including the first page, which requests the following information:
  1. Full legal name.
  2. “Doing business as” name, if applicable.
  3. Customary hourly rate.*
  4. Address.
  5. Phone number.
  6. Email address.
  7. Three professional references (nonfamilial and not an Econometrica staff person).

Note on hourly rates: Due to HUD restrictions on approval of hourly consultant rates, Econometrica may need to request additional documentation and rate justification from a consultant to provide to HUD for approval.

Questions and Inquiries

Respondents are encouraged to submit questions about this RFQ in writing to: FY2019NOFA@EconometricaInc.com. Please use the subject line “Your Name – FY 2019 NOFA Questions.”

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Team Econometrica Walks to Help Friendship Place End Homelessness

Team Econometrica Walks to Help Friendship Place End Homelessness

Econometrica Joins Friendship Walks at the National Mall

On the brisk Saturday morning of November 3, Team Econometrica walked around the National Mall in Washington, DC, to show support for Friendship Place and its mission to end homelessness. The event started on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where participants warmed up with yoga and music from DJ EZ Street. Guest speakers, including Friendship Place CEO Jean-Michel Giraud, gave opening remarks, and one youth told her story of using Friendship Place’s services to find housing after struggling for a long period.

After the inspiring remarks, Team Econometrica joined the throng of orange-shirted participants on a walk toward the U.S. Capitol.

Every month, Econometrica organizes a social impact event to help raise awareness and give back to the community. In June, Econometrica chose Friendship Place to raise funds to celebrate Econometrica’s 20th anniversary. Friendship Place’s mission of ending homelessness and programs to help veterans find housing aligns well with Econometrica’s mission of offering technical assistance and support for housing projects.

Econometrica’s employees donated $275 for Friendship Walks and donated $1,396 in June for its 20th anniversary auction. October was also Housing America month and Econometrica chose to use Friendship Walks to highlight this event.

Friendship Walks ended with donuts and coffee and closing remarks from our Health Director, Dr. Monique Sheppard. It was a great way to spend a Saturday morning and celebrate Econometrica’s 20th anniversary!

About Econometrica:
Founded in 1998, Econometrica is a research and management organization in Bethesda, MD, established to provide public- and private-sector clients with customized program support services. Econometrica works with multiple agencies to provide high-quality, cost-effective analyses, modeling, and economic evaluations. The company consistently receives exceptional scores from its clients and believes in three principles: technical capabilities, happy customers, and business growth.

Friendship Place’s mission of ending homelessness and programs to help veterans find housing aligns well with Econometrica’s mission of offering technical assistance and support for housing projects.

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Econometrica Completes Grand Rounds Contract

Econometrica Completes Grand Rounds Contract

Econometrica provided technical support, developed assessment questions, surveyed participants, and provided quarterly reports for the CMS Grand Rounds series.

Bethesda, MD, October 2018

In July, Econometrica completed 4 years of work on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Grand Rounds project, which supported CMS’ live Grand Rounds presentations through a variety of technical support and reporting services. The Grand Rounds project serves as a stellar example of Econometrica’s extensive capabilities in the learning, training, and diffusion spaces.

The Grand Rounds series convenes a group of nationally recognized experts to deliver informational presentations for CMS employees on current initiatives and innovative approaches in healthcare and healthcare policy. The presentations focus on programs that target CMS’ triple aims of improving healthcare.

The Econometrica Team’s specific project work encompassed support of the web-based transmission of live Grand Rounds presentations for virtual participants by conducting webinars and providing technical support for pre-, post-, and live event activities. The team delivered attendance data and analysis reports after Grand Rounds events and reviewed event recordings for posting on the CMS website.

Econometrica received high praise from CMS on all aspects of our work, as noted in the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting evaluation: “With customer service being a focal point for Econometrica and a real strength of theirs, their overall business behavior was outstanding. They were responsive to feedback and embodied the flexibility needed to be most responsive to changing CMS needs.”

Congratulations to the team for a job well done!

About Econometrica:
Founded in 1998, Econometrica is a research and management organization in Bethesda, MD, established to provide public- and private-sector clients with customized program support services. Econometrica works with multiple agencies to provide high-quality, cost-effective analyses, modeling, and economic evaluations. The company consistently receives exceptional scores from its clients and believes in three principles: technical capabilities, happy customers, and business growth.

With customer service being a focal point for Econometrica and a real strength of theirs, their overall business behavior was outstanding. They were responsive to feedback and embodied the flexibility needed to be most responsive to changing CMS needs.

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Learn more about Grand Rounds here!

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Econometrica Wins Option Year 2 of USDA Foods Trend Analysis Project

Econometrica Wins Option Year 2 of USDA Foods Trend Analysis Project

The Econometrica Team closes out a successful first option year and looks ahead to another exciting year.

Bethesda, MD, October 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), has awarded the Econometrica Team a second option year on the USDA Foods Trend Analysis project that will run through September 2019. This study examines the types and amounts of food ordered through USDA Foods and USDA U.S. Department of Defense Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (USDA DoD Fresh) under the National School Lunch Program.

During the first option year, the Econometrica Team conducted comprehensive descriptive analyses of the types of products ordered and order patterns through USDA Foods and USDA DoD Fresh at the national and State levels for school years (SYs) 2014–2015, 2015–2016, and 2016–2017. This work involved cleaning and assembling program administrative data, conducting analysis using SAS and Tableau, and producing a report on the findings. We developed infographics on ordering patterns for FNS program marketing and information dissemination purposes. In addition, the team developed an interactive Tableau-based dashboard for FNS and States to use in program monitoring. The dashboard contains detailed information on multiple data points that we analyzed over the course of this contract.

In the second option year, the project is expanding to include two additional years of order data (SYs 2013–2014 and 2017–2018). The project includes new analysis of USDA Foods processor inventory levels over the course of the school year to inform FNS about patterns in processor compliance with program inventory limits. We will also develop new infographics and update the Tableau dashboard with the new data. Congratulations to all on the win!

About Econometrica:
Founded in 1998, Econometrica is a research and management organization in Bethesda, MD, established to provide public- and private-sector clients with customized program support services. Econometrica works with multiple agencies to provide high-quality, cost-effective analyses, modeling, and economic evaluations. The company consistently receives exceptional scores from its clients and believes in three principles: technical capabilities, happy customers, and business development.

We developed infographics on ordering patterns for FNS program marketing and information dissemination purposes.

Media Contact

June Chang
(240) 395-2279

You can also contact us by using our contact form.

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