How to Write an Effective RFP

Writing a clear, professional RFP will not only increase supplier uptake of your opportunity, but will also result in more, compliant responses. If suppliers find your opportunity confusing, overly prescriptive, too broad or too narrow, your organization is unlikely to receive competitive responses. You could even end up picking a supplier that doesn’t meet the requirements, which can be very costly. You may also be bombarded with questions or be required to issue addenda and alternate documents, adding more work for your team.

You can start with this template for writing an RFP, and customize as needed for your specific opportunity.

Get tips for: 

  1. Summarizing and defining the scope of work
  2. Providing background information
  3. Describing the project requirements 
  4. Explaining the submission requirements and format
  5. Noting important deadlines
  6. Detailing your evaluation criteria
  7. Distributing the RFP

Building proper documentation, ensuring the accuracy of the requirements and ease of submission, and developing measurable evaluation criteria may take time, but it will ultimately result in better responses that are faster and easier to evaluate. Download this resource today to see how!



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