Honoring Nations Award nominations now open!

Know of any innovative tribal governance programs?


Join Honoring Nations as we kick off our 2018 Honoring Nations Awards cycle.  Dedicated to recognizing excellence in self-governance, these awards showcase the very best of Indian Country.

Honoring Nations is looking for nominations in the following categories:

  • Cultural Affairs
  • Economic and Community Development
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Education
  • Government Performance
  • Health and Social Services
  • Justice

Nominate yourself– or a program you know of– by filling out the following form: bit.ly/HN2018Nominate. For more information, email hpaied@hks.harvard.edu.


Happy Anniversary WI Women’s Council!


Today marks 33 years of the WI Women’s Council (WWC) working to improve the status of women in Wisconsin. BPC’s own, Nicole Bowman, was appointed to the WWC board in 2005 and has worked to help enhance the ability of all Wisconsin women to participate fully in all aspects of life ever since. Nicky and the BPC team are wishing a happy anniversary to the WI Women’s Council!

Federal Funding Sources for Entrepreneurs

  1.  Federal:
    1. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Business Funding, http://www.sbir.gov/about/about-sbir

i.      Provides up to $1,050,000 in funding to small business firms and partners for the research and development (R&D) of commercially viable education technology products.

  1. The program accepts proposals through many different tracks:
    1. Agriculture, http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/sbir.cfm
    2. Defense, http://www.acq.osd.mil/osbp/sbir/
    3. Education, http://www2.ed.gov/programs/sbir/index.html
    4. Energy, http://science.energy.gov/sbir/
    5. Health & Human Services, http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/sbir.htm
    6. Homeland Security, https://sbir2.st.dhs.gov/portal/SBIR/
    7. Science & Technology, http://www.nist.gov/tpo/sbir/
    8. Transportation, http://www.volpe.dot.gov/sbir/index.html
  2. SBA Small Business Loans, http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/loans-grants/small-business-loans

i.      The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides a number of financial assistance programs designed to meet the needs of small businesses. SBA does not make direct loans to small businesses. Rather, SBA sets the guidelines for loans, and the loans are then made by its partners (lenders, community development organizations and micro lending institutions). The SBA guarantees that these loans will be repaid, thus eliminating some of the risk to the lending partners.

BPC Awarded by SAMHSA

The State of Montana has completed the evaluation of Invitation for Bid for the OPI Systems of Care Grant Evaluator. Bowman Performance Consulting has been awarded Government Evaluation for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services grant (SAMHSA).  BPC will be providing evaluation of multijurisdictional programming between state and tribes in Montana.

About the Program

(Taken from RFA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2012 Implementation Cooperative Agreements for Expansion of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program (System of Care (SOC) Expansion Implementation Cooperative Agreements).  The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to improve the behavioral health outcomes of children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families.  This program supports broad-scale operation, expansion and integration of systems of care through the creation of sustainable infrastructure which allows for the provision of and access to required services and supports to ensure the values, principles, and practices comprising the system of care approach to become the primary way in which children’s mental health services are delivered throughout the nation.  This cooperative agreement is intended to support the provision of mental health and related recovery support services to children with serious emotional disturbances along with the implementation of systemic changes in policy, financing, services and supports, training and workforce development, and other areas that are necessary for expanding and sustaining the system of care approach, and to accomplish these goals through linkages with other health reform implementation efforts.

The goal of the System of Care (SOC) Expansion Implementation Grants is to build upon progress made in developing comprehensive strategic plans to expand and sustain the system of care values and principles to address children and youth with serious mental health conditions and their families.  SAMHSA expects that these grants will help facilitate wide scale adoption and operation of the SOC framework (across large geographic regions such as those represented by States, Tribes and Territories) and increase State Medicaid and other third party reimbursement for the SOC spectrum of services and supports.  Applicants are expected to implement plans and activities that support comprehensive and sustainable policies, infrastructure, required services and supports consistent with the requirements authorized under Sections 561-565 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.  This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Mental Health and Mental Disorders Topic Area HP 2020-MHMD.

This intent reflects the SAMHSA Theory of Change that takes the development of an innovation through the phases of demonstration, implementation, dissemination, and wide scale adoption. The Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program (i.e., Children’s Mental Health Initiative or CMHI) supports the demonstration of the innovative system of care approach, progresses through these stages, and promotes wide scale implementation.

Applicants are expected to create comprehensive and sustainable actions that promote and provide required services, supports and infrastructure that are consistent with the requirements authorized under Sections 561- 565 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.

The SOC Expansion Implementation Cooperative Agreements closely align with SAMHSA’s Recovery Support, Trauma and Justice, and Health Reform Strategic Initiatives by focusing resources on reducing the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on American communities and addressing the behavioral health impacts of trauma through a systematic public health approach.

More About BPC

Bowman Performance Consulting’s team (BPC) is very interested and qualified to be a teaming partner with the State of Montana, WestAt, and the tribal community partners involved in the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) Systems of Care project.  Since BPC opened in 2001, we have served on a national level as a scientific and social entrepreneurial business.  BPC supports projects, teaming partners, and communities to help them build capacity, evaluate programs, and provide training and technical assistance.  We are comfortable and experienced in providing all of the services noted in the RFP Section 3 “Provision of Services” (pages 12-13).  Specifically we will demonstrate our skills, knowledge, and proven abilities and how it directly aligns to the services desired by the State of Montana noted in the RFP.  This detailed alignment will be described later under the “Company Profile and Experience” section of the bid narrative.  Project examples and references are included as well.

To provide a company overview, we offer that BPC (Shawano, WI) is a trusted organization working in and outside of Indian Country.  We have shown ourselves to be multijurisdictional experts who can work across government agencies (federal, state, municipal, tribal) and sectors (public, private, and nonprofit).  BPC has nearly 15 years of satisfied partners and clients that demonstrate how we’ve helped to support building awareness, understanding, capacities, and infrastructure between tribal and non-tribal contexts, systems, organizations, programs, and governments.  We enjoy engaging collaborative groups that most often include diversity in age, socioeconomic status, educational attainment level, racial/ethnic groups, and geographic diversity (rural, urban, suburban, and tribal contexts).  The multijurisdictional and culturally responsive approach that BPC uses has helped us build trusted relationships across sectors, governments, and communities which speak to the quality and care of our work—and we are humbled to have the trust of such diverse stakeholders.  More detailed information about BPC’s organizational structure, staffing pattern, service areas, and performance are included later in the “Company Profile and Experience” section of the bid narrative.  Please also refer to the “Organizational Credentials” and “Resume” tabs located in the bid package from BPC.  As always, BPC is happy to provide additional information or work samples upon request or you may view them at www.bpcwi.com.

BPC’s Experience

BPC is skilled in federal and state program evaluation work with Native and non-Native clients.  Since 2001, BPC has provided research, evaluation, and technical assistance services to nearly 250 clients from the public, nonprofit, private, and tribal sectors.  BPC has strong experience and unique training for conducting complex, mixed-method, and culturally responsive external grant evaluations in and outside of Indian Country.  BPC most often engages tribal and non-tribal governments and organizations to carry out a multijurisdictional and mixed method approach to evaluation.  BPC’s process for supporting implementation of a grant evaluation as well as providing high quality organizational development, technical assistance, and capacity building services are well known in the education, Indigenous, academic, and evaluation community.

BPC brings unique certifications and qualifications to this project.  BPC is the only certified business in the nation registered with external evaluation expertise (What Works Clearinghouse, Institute for Educational Sciences, U.S. Department of Education) who is also a Native American vendor (State of WI and multiple Native American Tribal Government TERO or Indian Preference Certifications).  BPC is a state, tribal, and federally certified award winning research and evaluation firm with the primary office located in Shawano, WI.  BPC has satellite offices in the Fox Valley, Madison, and Milwaukee WI.  BPC has federal certifications from the U.S. Small Business Administration (8a) and from the U.S. Department of Education as a certified and uniquely qualified scientific evaluation organization.  These credentials are included under the “Organizational Credentials” tab of this bid package.

BPC has produced peer reviewed publications and presentations to inform the literature base in evaluation, education, and capacity building for Indigenous organizations, programs, and governments that work with other non-Indigenous entities.  We are active on leadership, journal review board, and/or committee events for the American Evaluation Association (AEA), New Directions in Evaluation, 360 Evaluation Webinar Series by AEA, are a Founding Board Member of the AEA WI Affiliate Evaluation Organization (Milwaukee, WI), and have completed a book chapter manuscript “Culture & Context Matters: Continuing the Journey to Reposition Culture and Cultural Context in Evaluation Theory and Practice” (2014 in press, Information Age Publishing, Dr. Stafford Hood, et al., Editors).  BPC has also provided expert presentations and/or congressional testimony on educational, governance, and evaluation topics to:  National Congress of American Indians (Policy Research Center), U.S. Department of Education (Office of Indian Education), United South and Eastern Tribes, Great Lakes Intertribal Council, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Center for Disease Control, National Indian Education Association, and the American Civil Liberties Union to name several.  Please see the “Resume” or “Organizational Credentials” tabs in the bid package for more information.  We are also pleased to provide additional work examples or other information upon request or by directing you to www.bpcwi.com

BPC takes a utilization-focused, Indigenous-centered, and multijurisdictional approach to the evaluation, technical assistance, and capacity building work we do.  We want our clients and their project stakeholders to have authentic participation, capacity building, and relevant information produced as a result of working with BPC on an evaluation.  We are efficient and effective at gathering evidence that is professionally rigorous, culturally appropriate, and contextually responsive to the communities we are working in.  BPC would bring this high professional standard to the State of Montana’s OPI Systems of Care project as well.  Selected credentials by BPC or Nicole Bowman (Mohican/Munsee), the BPC President/Owner include:

  • Author, Culturally & Contextually Relevant Evaluation in Indigenous Context, 2013 In-Press, Information Age Publishing
  • Technical grant reviewer and/or assistance provider to nearly 20 federal grant agencies or programs (2001- present) specific to Indigenous evaluation for tribal colleges, tribal governments, or Native American programming (health, human services, education, justice)
  • National or Regional Evaluation Presenter for: American Evaluation Association, WI Association of School Boards, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Justice, National Indian Education Association, American Educational Research Association, Northeastern WI Technical College (Corporate Training Division), and the National Congress of American Indians to name several organizations (2001-present)
  • Journal Review or Editorial Board Member for the following national/international professional industry organizations: New Directions in Evaluation, Multidisciplinary Journal of Evaluation, and American Journal of Evaluation (2004-present)
  • Reviewer of the AEA’s Cultural Evaluation Standards and participated in the 1 year culturally/contextually responsive evaluation training sponsored by AEA to create a pool of responsive evaluators (2005).  There are only 45 total trained evaluators in the Country and Nicole Bowman is one of them.
  • American Evaluation Association (AEA) Presidential Task Force Member for: Presidential Diversity Elections Committee, 2012 International AEA Presidential Conference Work Group, and elected or appointed representative for AEA topical interest groups (TIG): Indigenous TIG, Government Evaluation TIG, and Independent Business TIG (2006-present)
  • Presenter, Indigenous Evaluation & Governance Strategies(), National Congress of American Indians (2007) and American Evaluation Association Conference (2012)
  • Trainer/T.A. Provider for Indigenous Evaluation Capacity Building (2010- present) for Oneida Nation of WI, Yurok Tribe of CA, Ho Chunk Nation of WI, Menominee Indian Tribe of WI, Lower Sioux Indian Community, to name several
  • Evaluation Technical Assistance Presenter for the international American Evaluation Association’s online “Coffee Break” webinar series (2012 – present)


Beyond this general description and history of BPC’s organizational activities we offer specific information to be responsive to the other company profile requirements noted on page 14 of the RFP:

  • BPC’s organizational structure is an LLC and for tax purposes is an S-Corporation
  • BPC is a registered and certified business with the State of WI, the United States Government (Small Business Administration), and many other tribal and non-tribal governments and programs.  Relevant certifications are included under the “Organizational Certifications” tab.
  • BPC currently has eleven paid staff and three regular volunteer staff
  • BPC is a certified small, minority, Native American, woman, and disadvantaged business (see “Organizational Credentials” tab)
  • BPC works with public sector (government, university, K-12 school), nonprofit, tribal, and private sector clients.  In the past fiscal year through the current date, BPC’s sources for business break down as follows:
    • Sector Breakdown:
      • Public Sector Clients: 45%
      • Tribal Sector Clients: 34%
      • Nonprofit Sector Clients: 15%
      • Private Sector Clients: 6%
      • Service Area Breakdown:
        • Evaluation Services: 55%
        • Technical Assistance/Training Services: 36%
        • Research Services: 9%


BPC has been conducting evaluations for nearly 15 years.  Nicole Bowman (Mohican/Munsee), President of BPC, has done evaluation for two decades on state, federal, and nonprofit funded projects in Indian Country (rural, urban, tribal reservation).  Most of the projects BPC evaluates are multi-year and multi-million dollar projects.  Several recent and related clients that demonstrate BPC’s ability to meet the services noted under the grant goals/objectives in section 3.2 of the RFP are:

  • Midwest Regional Comprehensive Center (MWCC) Project: BPC is the subcontractor to the American Institutes for Research (AIR), who is the prime contractor for this U.S. Department of ED contract.  This is a $15 million dollar and five year educational improvement project and the client is the State Departments of Education for WI, MN, IA, and IL.  BPC provides technical assistance, policy studies, and expert assistance on Native American topics/communities to this four state service area.  Published reports and work examples are available upon request.  Reference/Contact: Sara Wraight, MWCC Project Director, swraight@air.org.
    • MN MWCC Project: Since 2012 BPC has provided support for a statewide Indian Education Summit that included state, federal, and tribal stakeholders as well as community members, K-12 administrators/teachers, and national experts.  Produced an Indian education literature review report that provided an analysis of state, federal, and tribal report findings, gaps analysis, and recommendations for informing the Indian Education Summit.  Currently providing a literature review and curriculum crosswalk to evaluate 1995 State Indian education curriculum for alignment to the Common Core Standards.  Information from this curriculum work will inform new curriculum writing that will go through a State Legislative approval process.  Reference/Contact: Alicia Garcia, AIR’s State Manager of MN for MWCC Project, agarcia@air.org.
    • WI MWCC Project: Since 2013 BPC has provided support for completion of a comprehensive policy scan.  A historical and contemporary review of state, federal, and 11 tribal government policies related to Indian education in public schools is being completed currently by BPC.  Information from this report will be used to document best practices, determine gaps in services, and will be used to create a memorandum of agreement template for public schools to use as a strategic/operational agreement when working with tribal governments on the education of Indian students in public schools in WI. Reference/Contact: Anna Koelln, AIR’s State Manager of WI for MWCC Project akoelln@air.org.
  • Drug Free Communities and Strategic Prevention Frameworks Projects: Funded by SAMHSA grants for nearly a decade (2001-2010), BPC worked with the prime contractor Pacific Institute for Research & Evaluation (PIRE) and the grantee Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (GLITC) which represented all 11 tribes in WI.  BPC provided culturally responsive evaluation, technical assistance, and policy development services for prevention and intervention programming in Indian communities.  Reference/Contacts: Dr. Candace Peterson, former Project PI for PIRE, c.peterson55@live.com or Robert Kovar, former Project Co-PI for GLITC, kovar.robert@marshfieldclinic.org.
  • WI Department of Administration and Office of Justice Assistance Project (OJA): BPC was hired to do a two year study from 2006-08 to review the disproportionate minority contact (DMC) of Native American community members that are incarcerated in the state or municipal government jails.  BPC used a multijurisdictional design to engage all 11 tribal governments, 8 county governments, and the state government to review government policies, shared memos of agreement, and incarceration data.  Using a relative rate statistical index, document review, phone interviews, and focus groups (talking circles), BPC completed the study.  To date it is the only study in the nation that included all tribal governments in a state/federal government DMC study.  Reference/Contact: Ray Luick, WI OJA Director, ray.luick@wisconsin.gov.
  • Lower Sioux Indian Community Project: BPC provided three years of tribal governance training and technical assistance from 2008-2010 to help the executive leadership, elected officials, and program staff build capacity and develop metrics, instruments, and protocols for performance based tribal government improvement efforts.  Reference/Contact: Gaby Strong, former Lower Sioux Executive Director, GStrong@MACPhil.org.
  • Seva Foundation Organizational Development & Native Program Evaluation Project: BPC provided evaluation, technical assistance (t.a.), and nonprofit organizational development services from 2007-2009 to help the Seva Foundation develop metrics for evaluating the Native American programs.  The project also included development of grantee level metrics, instruments, and training to help increase the capacity of the organization’s staff and the grantees.  Reference/Contact: Bonney Hartley, former Seva Native American Program Director, bonney.hartley@gmail.com.
  • Other professional references for BPC regarding scientific and culturally responsive evaluation credentials are:
    • Dr. Rodney Hopson, Associate Professor, Education & Evaluation Policy Department, George Mason University, Graduate School of Education; Past President (2012), American Evaluation Association; rkmhopson@gmail.com, (412) 477-9391
    • Dr. Stafford Hood, Department Chair, Curriculum & Instruction Director, Culturally Responsive Evaluation & Assessment National Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; slhood@illinois.edu, (217) 244-8286
    • Dr. Fiona Cram, President, Katoa Ltd., New Zealand; 2012 Conference Planning Co-Chair, American Evaluation Association and Culturally Responsive Book Editor (2014, In Press, Information Age Publishing); fionac@katoa.net.nz, (649) 550-2231
  • Additional project examples are available upon request.  See also the three “project reference forms” contained in this bid package. 

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Marketplace 2013, What you Missed at “Teaming for Success”

Godwin Amegashie, Director, Supplier Diversity, WI Dept of Administration

Godwin Amegashie, Director, Supplier Diversity, WI Dept of Administration

Bowman Performance Consulting’s Nicole Bowman  attended Marketplace 2013 October 15th and 16th. She participated in

“How to Build Capacity through Mentor – Protégé Programs” on Wednesday’s 2:15pm panel. The event’s theme was “Teaming for Success.”

*More images from Marketplace on our Facebook page!

– Federal and Non-federal certifications
– Teaming and partnering
– Selling and Marketing to the government
– Finding Government Contracting Opportunities
– Preparing to attend Marketplace 2013
– Targeting Your Search for Local, State, Tribal and Federal Contracting Opportunities
– Contract Financing

Custom Training and Consulting Upon Request Bowman Performance Consulting

Bowman Performance Consulting 271 River Pine Drive, Shawano, WI 54166 ♦ Phone: 715-526-9240 ♦ Fax: 715-526-6028