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LightHouse Issues RFP for Comprehensive Program Evaluation

The front facade of The Lighthouse Building, our new headquarters at 1155 Market Street

Request for Proposals

LightHouse Program Evaluation RFP (.docx)

The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco is soliciting proposals to evaluate the efficacy of the organization’s student-facing programs.

The LightHouse embarked upon a three year strategic plan in 2017, and one of the core focus areas of the final plan is establishing an ongoing methodology for program effectiveness and evaluation. The LightHouse has more than 80 unique programs, spanning the breadth of the blindness experience, including skills training, community service and integration, innovation, and technology and employment services. We also offer robust programs at our Enchanted Hills Camp in Napa, three satellite training centers, and a direct-employment light manufacturing facility. Altogether we serve approximately 3,000 people who are blind or have low vision every year.  Our goal is to determine how effective our programs are and how to evaluate their scope and impact going forward.

The successful proposal will address two key needs. The first is to measure the impact and effectiveness of several dozen key LightHouse programs. The second is to develop an ongoing system for staff to continue internal program measurement and evaluation going forward.

The LightHouse seeks to work with an outside consultant to build a flexible mechanism for evaluating program effectiveness, both in the program development process and while programs are active. We wish to build a mechanism so that program directors and management will quickly know when programs are succeeding, and also help determine how we might wish to change or eliminate programs that exhibit limited effectiveness.

Download: LightHouse Program Evaluation RFP (.docx)

SUBMISSION DEADLINE AND PROCESS

Proposals are due no later than 5:00 pm PDT on Friday June 1st. Please see full RFP for submission guidelines and contact information.

Programs

Getting Started

If you think you may benefit from services, training or community activities and want to know how to get signed up, call us at (415) 431-1481, or email info@lighthouse-sf.org.

Some of the programs we offer include: training on cutting-edge accessible technology, how to move gracefully and effectively with a cane, social and recreational activities, accessible map and graphic design, braille instruction, as well as science, math, music and many other camps for blind youth and adults in the rolling hills of Napa. Please read through the program descriptions below and pick the one that’s right for you.

Blind & Low Vision Training Classes

Click here to read more about orientation and mobility training, braille, cooking and other independent living skills, and the other types of training we provide. Instruction periods include one-on-one, group, ongoing, and immersive options.

Access Technology

People of all ages and levels of experience can receive training in accessible technology. We also provide consulting services to individuals and companies looking for an accessibility evaluation for their product and can organize blind and visually impaired user testers to provide feedback on a product or service.

Employment Immersion Program

The Employment Immersion Program is a multi-week course empowering those who are blind or have low vision to assess their skills and interests and find success and satisfaction in the job market.

Enchanted Hills Camp

Founded in 1950 by Rose Resnick, Enchanted Hills now holds not only our annual summer camp sessions, but also hosts classes, workshops, retreats and seminars in a beautiful setting high atop Napa’s Mount Veeder.

Deaf-blind Program

The Deaf-blind Program provides training, resources and support to persons who are both vision and hearing impaired. The goal of the program is to ensure that deaf-blind individuals have access to information and the skills needed to live independent and productive lives. As part of this goal, the LightHouse operates the FCC program to ensure deaf-blind individuals receive free equipment and training to suit their needs.

Youth Programs

The LightHouse offers a diverse array of outings, social events, and personal/professional development opportunities for young adult and high school-aged youth.

Community Services

On a weekly basis we provide outings, classes, recreational activities and events for blind people of all ages to learn, connect and thrive.

Counseling and Psychological Services

The LightHouse offers counseling for those affected by blindness or low vision by an experienced team of licensed professionals.

Low Vision Clinic

Part of finding successful solutions is assessing your visual levels and needs. The LightHouse, in partnership with the UC Berkeley School of Optometry, offers low vision examinations each week.

Other links:

If you’d like to donate (time or financial support) to the LightHouse, please refer to the various options in the Donate section of our website (or click here to make a donation).

If you’d like to inquire about press, partnerships, or other media opportunities, please email press@lighthouse-sf.org.

If you’d like to shop at Adaptations, the Bay Area’s only hands-on brick and mortar store dedicated to technology for blind and low vision individuals — visit us during normal business hours at 214 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102, or call 1-888-400-8933.  Beginning in May 2016, visit us at 1155 Market St., 10th floor.

For all other questions, call (415) 694-7323 or email info@lighthouse-sf.org to find out what the LightHouse can do for you.