The Consultant Selection Process

Survey consists of responses from 49 traffic/transportation/transit professionals who have been involved in the selection of consultants for their agencies. Topics/questions include:

  • Which of the following did your organization use to advertise your most recent RFQ/RFP: mailing list, local newspaper, prominent newspaper, state register, national publication, web, other?
  • What was the size of your most recent project for which consultants were appointed?
  • How many proposals did you receive for your most recent project for which consultants were appointed?
  • What type of selection process was used for your most recent project for which consultants were appointed?
  • Which factors do you personally feel played a decisive role in the selection of consultants for your most recent project? (Factors given range from ‘experience of team with similar projects’ to ‘creativity.’)
  • Is the most recent consulting firm appointed (or lead consultant if it was a team or consortium) a local firm?
  • What is the maximum hourly rate that your organization allows a consultant to charge?
  • What is the maximum percentage profit that your organization allows a consultant to charge?
  • In a previous national survey among traffic engineers and transportation planning consultants, firms indicated that they spend an average of 15 professional person days to prepare and RFP. Please indicate your opinion about the amount of time spent.
  • Do you believe there is a positive correlation between the number of proposals received and the quality of the selected consultant?
  • When local knowledge is not an important consideration to conduct a project efficiently, do you believe it is advantageous to advertise an RFP or RFQ nationally?
  • Has listing of RFPs on the internet increased the number of proposals that you receive?
  • Do you think that the quality of consultants appointed has improved as a result of the use of the internet to announce/advertise RFPs?
  • Do you have any other comments about the use of the internet to announce/advertise RFPs?
  • In what area(s) of work do you see your greatest need for consultants in the longer term?
  • How satisfied are you with the overall consultant process?
  • Please describe a funny/embarrassing/annoying incident about consultants bidding for a proposal, or the selection process, or what occurred at an interview that was part of the selection process.
Date Published
2008-04-04
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