The Center for Procurement Excellence is pleased to announce a free interactive web series, “Ask of the RFP Doctor”. In this first-of-its-kind virtual discussion, procurement experts provide practical advice in addressing today’s purchasing, supply chain, and acquisition challenges. Here’s how it works:

• Teaching Moment (15 minutes): the RFP Doctor will kick things off with a brief presentation targeted at a specific topic

• CPE Virtual Peer Group (30 minutes): next, we will split up into small groups and give attendees an opportunity to network with each other and have a discussion on a relevant topic. Learn More

• Ask the RFP Doctor – Office Hours (15 minutes or until the questions run out!): we’ll come back together for an open Q&A session.  Have a challenging RFP ahead?  Have a unique situation?  Bring your questions and let’s get it figured out!

Third Thursdays of every month starting at 12:00pm Central

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What Happens When You Use an RFP for Construction?

Most construction contracts are procured via Low Bid. But what happens when you use a best-value RFP approach? We’ll review a study that did exactly this for 150+ construction projects. The results are surprising!



Can Procurement Professionals Predict the Future?

Is it possible to forecast project outcomes based on proposal quality alone? To find out, we tracked proposal scores of selected vendors vs. client satisfaction at the end of the project. Join this session to see what we found!



Organizing an Evaluation Matrix

How should we track evaluator scores? What’s the best way to calculate total scores for each proposal? We’ll share examples for setting up a clear and simple Evaluation Matrix – and explain why it is a powerful tool that all procurement professionals should master!



Exposed! Unmasking the Cult of Low Bid

Although Low Bid may have its uses, every organization has joked about its downsides. But how low do the downsides go? Do you really want to find out? We’ll dig into the many negative impacts of Low Bid and expose issues that often get overlooked.



Enterprise-Level Software Procurements

Gain insights into innovative multi-step RFP processes, risk assessment, and effective evaluation criteria for software procurement. Join us for this critical session. Register now by scanning the QR code or visiting our website.



How to Change Your Procurement Policies

Are you stuck with antiquated bidding policies? We’ll share a success story of how a City in the Midwest was able to move away from 40-year-old Low Bid Policies in favor of value-based approaches for their capital projects.

CPE Virtual Peer Groups

CPE’s Virtual Peer Groups provide attendees an opportunity to network in one of four areas below. We’ll provide a suggested topic, and invite attendees to provide feedback and advice with each other.

Peer GroupDescription
Leadership of Procurement GroupsCPOs, Procurement Leaderships, Executives
IT ProcurementAll things IT including software, hardware, system integrator, and more
Capital Projects & Alternative DeliveryStrategies for large design and construction, including best practices for new alternative delivery methods (DB, PDB, CMAR/CMGC, IPD, P3)
Procurement ProcessesStatements of Work, Evaluations, Interviews, Clarification, Partnering