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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Request for Proposal (RFP) Samples

Based on my post LMS RFP, I've been asked several times if I knew where you could find samples of Request for Proposals (RFPs) for custom eLearning development, performance support tools, learning content management systems (LCMS), elearning authoring tools, etc. Today the question was for Microsoft Project. This wasn't something I could directly help the person, but I had the sense that people may be missing some key search tricks that would give them a list of reasonable results.

The keys are:
  1. (filetype:pdf OR filetype:doc) - only show me actual documents in either of these formats. This trick works really well when you are searching for content on a wide variety of things, often I add in filetype:ppt as well to find presentations.
  2. (RFP OR "Request for Proposal") - find either of these terms
  3. (LCMS OR "Learning Content Management System") - find either of these terms
Obviously, substitute the key terms such instead of LCMS. And in the case of something like custom eLearning development, you want all of those terms, so you just add them at the end.

If you string these together in Google, you will find documents that give you suggestions what go in RFPs as well as actual RFPs that people have on the web. You have to scan down a bit, but it's well worth the effort.
Click one of the above examples, and modify with your terms.


JFDragon said...

Did the links to the documents are gone???

It was a great ressources that I whant to show to somebody else...

Help please!!


Tony Karrer said...

Some of them are gone, but some are still there. You might need to be a bit more specific in the search.