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Rating Oral Presentations
Robert Talyor on Monday, December 03, 2001 - 03:45 pm:
A RFP has been issued and
shortlisted. We are now preparing for the Oral Presentations. My
question is how should the firms be rated numerical or
excellent, good, fair and poor and why? This is my first time
ever participating in Oral Presentations.
Are we to assume that there isn't
a source selection plan, evaluation criteria and/or anything in
the RFP describing this portion of the evaluation? If so, you
may have a problem.
You are in trouble if you are government and do not have a plan for evaluating an RFP that is now drawing offers!
I am going to assume that you do
have a plan, but the actual details of the oral presentation
rating system have not been completely worked out. This is ok,
as long as the ratings are based on the criteria outlined in the
RFP. Your question, (which seems to have slipped through the
readings of the previous respondents), is merely should you have
a verbal or a numerical rating. This is up to you. A numerical
seems more objective, but for some people, the text has a better
conection. Whichever you choose, it needs to be spelled out so
that all raters are working off the same pallette.
If what you are asking is whether you should use numbers or adjectives to score the oral presentations, the answer is that you should use whichever system you are most comfortable with.
Thanks Vern. Sorry that it was confusing to some. We are in compliance with the RFP and when we notified the shortlist. We incoroporated the questions that will be asked during the presentation. I was concerned because the Senior Buyer suggested the adjectives to score and my supervisor wanted the numerical rating. He wants to rate them on the average. Again thanks to all of you for your help.
Whether you use numerical or adjectival ratings, the accompanying narratives detailing strengths and weaknesses is by far the more important aspect when ranking the proposals.
Robert, after I posted my
response, I wondered if you were simply wondering whether the
rating scheme should be numerical or adjectival. You confirmed
that. I agree with Vern and Dave.
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