To become more familiar with market prices and providers, many buyers choose to release a request for information (RFI) and/or a request for qualifications (RFQ) prior to issuing a request for proposals (RFP). You should collaborate with your procurement department to determine which type of request would be appropriate. For examples, see the City of Cincinnati’s RFQ and the City of Boston’s RFI. The latter includes a response template to help standardize developer responses.
Cities planning on conducting an RFI should also include the following: