"I won't be doing any spots or having any polls, because I'm not paying any pollsters. I'm not hiring folks to tell me what you're thinking or how to get at you." So said fictional politician Fred Picker in the movie Primary Colors. But that approach hasn't worked so well for the non-fictional Campbell administration - where polling has been a comparatively rare exercise. Nevertheless, last week, the provincial government notified companies they would be establishing a "List of Qualified Suppliers to provide strategic advice and counsel to the B.C. Public Affairs Bureau and ministry staff on all aspects of opinion research services."
"Pre-qualification lists will be developed for two types of service requirements: a) Qualitative Focus Group work; and b) Quantitative Opinion Research work." Of course, this isn't the first time such a list has been compiled. Back in November 2002, the government posted a similar notice on BC Bid. So could this new request for qualified suppliers be an indication the Campbell administration is planning making public opinion research a bigger part of their politicking? Unlikely, say those familiar with the process - despite the fact the West Annex is flying blind on a lot of issues. The following is a complete list of firms presently qualified to do such research for the government, as well as copy of the aforementioned request.
Qualitative public opinion and market research consultants
Market Facts Marktrend
Quantiative public opinion and market research consultants
NFO CF Group
Qualitative/quantitative public opinion and market research consultants
Joan McIntyre Market Opinion Research
Polara Strategic Public Opinion and Market Research
Western Opinion Research
For more information contact:
102 - 548 Michigan Street
PO Box 9476 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, British Columbia
Fax: 1 250 387-7309
September 15, 2006
Addendum No. 3 has been posted with this RFQ, and may be found under the "Supplier Attachments Exist" icon.
September 14, 2006
Addendum No. 2 has been posted with this RFQ, and may be found under the "Supplier Attachments Exist" icon.
September 13, 2006
Addendum No. 1 has been posted with this RFQ, and may be found under the "Supplier Attachments Exist" icon.
The purpose of this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is to establish a List of Qualified Suppliers to provide strategic advice and counsel to the B.C. Public Affairs Bureau and ministry staff on all aspects of opinion research services.
The Public Affairs Bureau (PAB) is a central agency of government whose mandate is to lead and co-ordinate communication initiatives at the direction of Cabinet. One of its responsibilities is managing all government opinion research. PAB monitors and co-ordinates ministry opinion research to ensure cost effectiveness and compliance with government objectives and policy guidelines. PAB approval is to be obtained prior to contracting for opinion research by the Province.
Pre-qualification lists will be developed for two types of service requirements:
a) Qualitative Focus Group work; and
b) Quantitative Opinion Research work.
Respondents are expected to clearly identify in their Responses the type of service they are submitting for: Qualitative Focus Group work, Quantitative Opinion Research work or both.
Based on the review of the RFQ Responses, the Province intends to establish a List of Qualified Suppliers who, on an "as, if and when requested" basis, may be contacted directly, or asked to compete, to enter into Contract(s) for provision of the services described in section 4. Qualified Suppliers will be expected to conduct services in various locations throughout the Province.
The List of Qualified Suppliers will be in place for a period of three years with two one-year options to extend this period at the Province's sole discretion.