On Demand: Evaluation Methods

  • Level: Foundation
  • Format: On Demand
  • Contact Hours: 3
  • CEUs: 0.3

The evaluation of suppliers’ offers through assorted methodologies and prioritized criteria helps procurement professionals fulfill their responsibilities as stewards of the public trust. Evaluation methodologies, however, are more than just scores and ranks but include the processes of receiving, opening, and analyzing associated offers. NIGP’s Evaluation Methods course creates a dedicated learning experience where students leave with the ability to:

  • Evaluate offers, make awards, and/or negotiate an optimal contract solution.
  • Identify and describe the different types of evaluation methodologies and their associated application.
  • Explain the process of receiving, opening and analyzing offers, methods for award, and award strategies.
  • Identify and select the most responsive offer(s) and responsible supplier(s).

During this interactive course, learners begin to use problem-solving and critical thinking skills to navigate through this learning experience that includes reading, video, scenarios, and activities.

Member - On Demand: Evaluation Methods$115.0005/24/202112/31/2054
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Member - On Demand: Evaluation Methods $115.00
Non-Member - On Demand: Evaluation Methods $165.00


Upon completion of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Determine the best method of awarding the contract (e.g., in whole or to multiple suppliers).
  • Identify factors that indicate bidders' responsiveness and responsibility.
  • Describe the items included in a bid tabulation worksheet.
  • Select appropriate members for an evaluation committee.
  • Perform a risk assessment for a procurement.
  • Select appropriate evaluation criteria for a specific commodity.
  • Create a weighted evaluation scorecard for a specific commodity.
  • Review proposals for responsiveness and responsibility.
  • Evaluate price proposals.
  • Perform reference checks.
  • Identify the elements in an Evaluation Committee Award Recommendation Report.

Intended Audience

This offering is targeted to individuals who meet or exceed the following professional demographics:  

  • Entry-level public procurement and central warehouse professionals who serve as assistants, coordinators, buyers, or equivalent functions within their respective entities.   

  • Non-procurement managers and supervisors who are responsible for either the procurement function or staff who provide procurement functions under delegated authority.   

  • Professionals who are employed by governing entities and special authorities (such as K-12 and higher education, publicly-owned utilities, transportation providers, and other publicly-funded or created organizations) that either serve within or manage the procurement function.  

  • Suppliers or representatives of suppliers seeking to understand the public procurement function from a holistic level, including the policies, standards, and procedures by which public entities must function.  

Competency Alignment

Get a Core Certificate: Sourcing & Contracting by adding these competency modules:

  • Specifications Development
  • Negotiations



  • Learn on your schedule. On-demand training is for professionals who prefer to develop the skills they need on their time and at their pace. Learners can start, stop and rewind the lessons at your convenience.
  • The course is comprised of 3 modules, each with lessons, and an overall course assessment. The course content duration is 3 hour and 15 minutes.

Course Outline:

The course is comprised of 3 modules, each with lessons and an overall course assessment. The course content duration is 3 hour and 15 minutes.
Module 1: Manage Invitation for Bid Process - 1 hour 15 minutes
Students learn the steps and best practices to manage an Invitation for Bid (IFB).
  • Module 1 Introduction - 15 minutes
  • Lesson 1: Determining Bid Requirements – 30 minutes
  • Lesson 2: Determine the Low Bid – 15 minutes
  • Lesson 3: Recommend the Award - 15 minutes
Module 2:Determine Evaluation Methods for Responses to RFP – 1 hour and 5 minutes
Students gain an understanding of evaluation criteria and the scoring methodology for responses to an RFP.
  • Module 2 Introduction - 5 minutes
  • Lesson 1: Conduct Research – 20 minutes
  • Lesson 2: Determine Evaluation Criteria – 20 minutes
  • Lesson 3: Determine Scoring Methodology – 20 minutes
Module 3:Drafting the Contract - 55 minutes
Students learn to identify the best form of a contract, the elements of contract and describe general legal considerations for contracts.
  • Module 3 Introduction - 5 minutes
  • Lesson 1: Review the proposal - 25 minutes
  • Lesson 2: Score Proposals - 10 minutes
  • Lesson 3: Create a Short List of Bidders - 15 minutes

Course Assessment: Evaluation Methods

System Requirements

Operating System:

  • Windows Vista SP2 or newer
  • Mac OS 10.5 or higher
  • Linux/Unix (any recent version)


  • Video Card
  • Sound card and headphones or speakers (some assignments have audio components)


Web Browser:

  • The last three versions of the major browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer
  • Other web browsers may work, but may not render all features of the courses
  • Cookies must be enabled
  • JavaScript must be enabled


  • Reliable internet connection. Broadband cable or highspeed DSL is recommended for optimal experience.
  • E-mail account (to be able to register and to receive e-mail from the course system regarding registration, course status, etc.)
  • Linux/Unix (any recent version)

Payment Information

  • Register online with credit card
  • Register online and upload a Purchase Order
  • Register by fax and download the print & fax form


Methods of Payment Accepted: Check (make checks payable to NIGP), Purchase Orders (via print and fax form or online), and Credit Cards (Master Card, Visa, and American Express).

If paying by check, please make check payable to NIGP and send payment to:
NIGP, Attn: Seminar Registration
2411 Dulles Corner Park, Suite 350
Herndon, VA 20171

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds, all sales are final.

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