Questions received during the bidding phase
Q. Are remote interviews with informed stakeholders allowed during the phase going from the signature of the contract to the ICANN Meeting in Nairobi?
A. Yes, any form of remote data gathering during the mentioned period is strongly encouraged.
Q. The RfP mentions that the review is expected to be largely based on qualitative analysis. From our understanding of the ToR, the review is likely to require qualitative analysis, relating to matters such as the effectiveness of the ccNSO; and quantitative assessment of relevant statistics, numbers and source of varying responses, etc. Is this consistent with the expectations of ICANN?
A. In order to appropriately answer to the evaluative questions, the consultant will be faced with the need to gather and process qualitative / behavioral evidence such as (ex.) opinions, experiences, and expectations of key stakeholders. For this reason a purely quantitative approach to data collection would not be optimal. Quantitative analysis of qualitative evidence –if possible in reason of the relatively narrow universe of key stakeholders and by the answer ratio- is a possible answer to this need.
Q. Our organization is an ICANN ALS. Does that status prohibit us from applying?
A. There are no particular reasons prohibiting an organization that has received ALS status to participate to this RfP, as long as all the other conditions are satisfied (capacity to provide independent, external advice; ability to reach out stakeholders located worldwide with varying degrees of Internet accessibility, etc.)