|Title:||Successful projects start with better RFPs|
|Authors:||Ray Parrish, Emily Lytle-Painter|
|Publication:||Museums and the Web 2017: Selected Papers and Proceedings from an International Conference|
|Editors:||Nancy Proctor and Rich Cherry|
|Publisher:||Museums and the Web LLC|
Writing an RFP is daunting to many. The process to request proposals from firms or contractors to begin a new digital project is not in most museum professionals’ job descriptions. The RFP presents a number of problems to the person tasked with writing it: the document is protective due to fears on both the side of the museum and the side of potential firm; it is bloated due to neglect or a multitude of stakeholder requests; and, submitting an RFP alone incorrectly attempts to automate a process built on good museum-to-firm relationships. We suggest solutions to fix this broken process, improve the RFP document, and ultimately help staff start digital projects from a better place. Shifting the RFP process and document to focus on building the right foundation for a successful relationship between museum and firm will ultimately lead to a more successful project.