It is becoming more common for funding agencies to require a detailed evaluation plan as part of a proposal submission. Funding agencies are interested in the outcomes of your project and for your feedback on the progress to allow for improvement throughout your project’s performance period. They also want be sure you to accomplish your proposal objectives and for your proposed research/project to have consequential impact with the latter becoming a proposal evaluation criterion for many funding agencies.
The Office of Educational Innovation and Evaluation (OEIE) can help you develop an evaluation plan for your proposal and conduct the evaluation once you receive your grant. They are very adept at using the Logic Model—a favored evaluation tool of many funding agencies (e.g., USDA, NSF). Specific evaluation services they provide include:
- Designing evaluation plans for grant proposals
- Utilizing logic models to communicate short-term and long-term goals in evaluation plans
- Translating an evaluation plan into an implementation plan
- Designing methods and instruments to measure goals and objectives outlined in proposals
- Implementing all evaluation components, including instrument design, data collection, analysis, and reporting
- Monitoring the effectiveness of activities for alignment with goals
- Providing formative and summative evaluation to stakeholders
All evaluation design and implementation plans they develop are consistent with the Program Evaluation Standards established by the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation. Though on the K-State campus, they meet the definition of an independent, third party evaluator as suggested by NSF, USDA, and other funding agencies. For more information, contact Jan Middendorf, Director, OEIE, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-532-5930.