When developing evaluation plans for NSF ATE projects, one size doesn’t fit all. How can meaningful evaluation plans be developed for “Small Grants for Institutions New to ATE” or other small-budget grant proposals? Small budgets create unique challenges in identifying impact and effectiveness of grant-funded work. Staff from EvaluATE and the Mentor-Connect Project will provide information on approaches and strategies to plan and implement effective evaluations of smaller projects, including budget considerations for implementing these evaluation approaches.
In this webinar, participants will learn about the role of evaluation in ATE projects and get practical guidance on administrative/managerial aspects of evaluation. Evaluation may be foreign territory for those new to grant funding, so this webinar is intended to provide new ATE PIs and project staff with the information they need to get their evaluations off on the right track. EvaluATE's director, Lori Wingate, will cover the basics of ATE evaluation, especially its main purposes and uses (including to whom and how to report findings). ATE veteran Elaine Craft will focus on project management-related issues around evaluation, with emphasis on working with college faculty and administrators (especially the "data people") and developing explicit plans and agreements with external evaluators. Rachael Bower of ATE Central will acquaint participants with helpful resources for developing and implementing strategies for outreach, dissemination, and sustainability.
Evaluation is more than a requirement for ATE proposals, it's an essential ingredient for increasing the coherence and competitiveness of your submission. Developing your proposal with an evaluative perspective can help you avoid common proposal pitfalls, such as writing goals that are either too lofty or too simplistic or failing to demonstrate a logical relationship between your activities and your intended outcomes. In this webinar, we'll share our recipe for a strong ATE proposal that includes all the necessary and important evaluative ingredients. Veteran ATE and NSF personnel will provide additional insights on how to enhance your proposal.
In this webinar, we will give practical advice about evaluation reporting in the ATE context, including report content and structure, integrating evaluation report content into annual reports to NSF, and using results. We will provide step-by-step guidance for developing an ATE evaluation report that balances the competing demands that reports be both comprehensive and concise. We’ll discuss the how-where-and-what of including evaluation results in NSF annual reports and project outcome reports. Finally we’ll address how to use evaluation results to inform project-level improvements and build the case for further funding. Participants will leave the webinar with a clear strategy for creating effective ATE evaluation reports that meet NSF accountability requirements and support project-level improvement.
*This webinar was in inspired, in part, by the work of Jane Davidson, author of Evaluation Methodology Basics: The Nuts and Bolts of Sound Evaluation (Sage, 2005).
For evaluation reports to be meaningful and useful, clients and other stakeholders need to be able to find the forest of the trees. What’s the bottom line? Is the project on track? What’s the project’s quality? What do these numbers mean? To convey clear answers to these types of questions, evaluators need to interpret, synthesize, and report results in meaningful and efficient ways. In this webinar we’ll share strategies for transforming data into genuinely evaluative conclusions and presenting results in visually compelling ways to aid in understanding and using results.
EvaluATE is a project at The Evaluation Center, funded by NSF to assist its grantees in the Advanced Technological Education program stream with their evaluation needs. To build evaluation capacity within the program, EvaluATE produces regular webinars around a variety of evaluation topics.
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