Cooperative Agreement for Evaluation Research

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Announcement of a Request for Proposal

Mind Matters – Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience

The Dibble Institute is pleased to announce a competitive cooperative agreement opportunity to conduct an initial evaluation of Mind Matters – Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience.

Mind Matters, a research-based program, consists of 12 one-hour lessons that teach adolescents to respond to negative experiences with innovative methods based on current neuroscience. The skills taught in this program give adolescents, particularly those who have been exposed to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), a way to take charge of their emotions and improve their states of mind. Through this program students learn to address their physical, relational, and mental health needs. Mind Matters was originally published by The Dibble Institute in August 2017. Since then, it has been placed into practice in a wide variety of settings across the country. An evaluation is the next step for examining its effectiveness and assuring its broader use.

The Dibble Institute will fund up to $15,000 for an 18-month (from award to final report) evaluative study to understand what participants learn, what changes they have seen in their lives, and what the instructors have observed over the course of the instruction.  Example outcomes include, but are not limited to: emotion regulation, anxiety, interpersonal skills, and physical health. An experimental or quasi-experimental design with control or comparison group is encouraged but not required.

The following table shows the requested application materials and expected timeline from award to final summative report submission:

Date Due
All prospective applicants must submit a letter of interest (maximum 2 pages, single-spaced) January 4, 2019
Applicants will be notified whether they are invited to submit a full proposal (full proposals must be invited)  February 1, 2019
Invited applicants must submit a full proposal including budget, timeline, and assurances (maximum 15 pages, double-spaced, not including attachments outlined below)  April 5, 2019
Applicants will be notified whether they have been selected for an award  May 3, 2019
Start date  May 20, 2019
Draft final report  October 16, 2020
Revised final report  November 20, 2020


Questions? Please contact Dr. Rachel Savasuk-Luxton at