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Request for Proposals: Community Impact Sector Network Map & Data Dashboard

Closing date: Friday, December 3, 2021 at 11:59PM AST.
Intention to submit: Friday, November 26 at 11:59PM AST.

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In order to achieve our strategic priorities, we need more data to better understand the sector. In 2020, the first State of the Nonprofit Sector in NS report was released by the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC) on behalf of CSCNS. This survey was completed by 445 nonprofits and offers an aggregate level understanding of key characteristics and contributions of the sector. In early 2022, we will be relaunching this survey with additional Labour Market Information (LMI) questions. As a result, we’ll have a second point in time for data, allowing us to begin to track changes at a sector level.

Prior to launching the next iteration of the survey, we are working to clean and build out our existing Customer Relationship Management (CRM) database in order to have as accurate a sample of the sector as possible. Another identified priority is the need to map sector organizations to gain a better sense of who is working where, and doing what, so that we can more effectively understand gaps and potential opportunities for building connections. By building out our CRM, we will not only have a more comprehensive list for survey distribution, we will also have greater capacity to map sector organizations.

At present, the most comprehensive data set pertaining to the Community Impact Sector rests with the Registry of Joint Stocks - due to the fact that nonprofits must register and update their information annually. This data is publicly available, but only by searching by organization. Other potential data sources include the NS Government Public Accounts, which indicates provincial government spending by organization (publicly available by pdf only) and CRA (e.g. T3010 Registered Charity Information Return).

Through this RFP we are seeking a contractor to assist us in expanding our distribution reach to the NS Community Impact Sector, map sector organizations, and develop a data dashboard for the sector based on previous data collected and the survey that will be administered in early 2022.


CSCNS is seeking proposals from organizations, firms, or sole proprietors with experience in:

  • Extracting publicly available data and analyzing large data sets (data mining) to be able to develop a comprehensive list of nonprofit organizations and charities registered in NS;
  • Designing and building data dashboards, including design for external user functionality; and
  • Designing and building interactive geographic network maps with multiple display options.

The goals of the network map and dashboard are to provide visually appealing and user-friendly experiences for external audiences seeking accurate and up to date information on the sector and the organizations within it. The network map should serve to provide users with a visual understanding of who the sector organizations are, their primary focus and who they are serving, and where they are located. The dashboard should provide users with an understanding of key data points so as to show the performance and impact of the sector based on collected survey data.

Scope of Work & Deliverables

The contractor will manage the project timelines and deadlines, keeping the CSCNS team on track and adjusting timelines when necessary. As the data extraction process will be integral to the development of our CRM’s distribution list for this year's State of the Sector survey launching in January 2022, it will be necessary for the contractor to work closely with the project team to take an iterative, agile approach to project management and delivery.

Key deliverables for the CSCNS Community Impact Sector Network & Data Dashboard can be found on page 4 in the document here.

Submission Information

Proposals can be submitted electronically via email, PDF preferred, with the subject line “Proposal CSCNS Network Map and Dashboard” to Reg Manzer, CSCNS Senior Research Analyst, at no later than December 3, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. AST. Late submissions will not be considered. Questions regarding this request for proposals should also be directed to Reg Manzer at

RFP: Community Impact Sector Network & Data Dashboard

CSCNS is seeking proposals from organizations, firms, or sole proprietors with experience in data extraction and analysis, designing and building data dashboards, and creating an interactive network map.