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Proposals that win grants for K-12 education have many predictable information needs. Applicants that have such information at the ready before the announcement of a grant opportunity greatly improve the likelihood of funding.

 

Although applicants may not need every item listed here for every evaluation plan, among the proposal narrative elements it is prudent to anticipate are: evaluation instruments, evaluation methods, and evaluation personnel.

 

Evaluation Instruments:

  1. Types of instruments to be used (e.g., NRTs, CRTs, rating scales, checklists, questionnaires, interviews, logs of use, reflective journals, and so on)
  2. Sources and technical merits of all measurement instruments mentioned in all objectives
  3. Sources and technical merits of measurement instruments in non-English languages, if any
  4. Sources and technical merits of specialized or ad hoc measurement instruments, if any

 

Evaluation Methods:

  1. Performance criteria for each objective
  2. Methods of quantitative analysis and criteria of statistical significance of results
  3. Methods of qualitative analysis
  4. Formative (or process) evaluation methods
  5. Summative (or outcomes) evaluation methods
  6. Description of comparison or control groups
  7. Type of evaluation design to be used (experimental, quasi-experimental, and so on)
  8. Data collection procedures
  9. Methods and audiences for reporting interim and final results
  10. Timeline for implementing evaluation plan

 

Evaluation Personnel:

  1. Evaluation responsibilities of all project-related personnel
  2. Name, qualifications, and roles of external evaluator, if any
  3. Name, qualifications, and roles of internal evaluator, if any
  4. Résumé or curriculum vitae for external evaluator, if any
  5. Résumé or curriculum vitae for internal evaluator, if any

 

Later posts will cover information needs for other aspects of educational grant proposals.

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