Evaluation, Assessment, and Logic Model Resources
Creating an effective and practical evaluation/assessment section of your proposal is extremely important. We recommend you identify an experienced evaluator early in your grant writing process and work with them to develop a plan. When writing objectives/aims, always consider how you will determine if you have achieved goal. Below are some resources for identifying and preparing an evaluation plan.
Logic Model – Logic models are a commonly used tool for organizing a proposal and preparing an assessment plan. The basic premise of a logic model is: If we receive the requested resources to conduct the described activities, we will generate the following outputs that will allow us to assess our effectiveness for achieving the desired outcomes. Some agencies require the inclusion of a logic model in the proposal.
- National Center for Education Statistics: Logic models: A tool for effective program planning, collaboration, and monitoring
- Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education: A Start to Developing a Logic Model
- Sample logic model from HRSA
- Logic model tool kit from the Department of Education
- Generic example of a logic model from USDA-NIFA
- Example of a logic model from EvaluATE
- Template for a logic model from EvaluATE
Resource for Identifying Evaluators
- American Evaluation Association Provides a database of evaluators who are members of the Association.
- ATECentral – Map with individuals who have or are currently serving as evaluators for the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program
- Some regional universities also have offices that will provide services to organizations outside of their institution.
- University of Illinois Chicago Prairie Group
Publications and Websites Related to Evaluation/Assessment
- American Association of Colleges and Universities (Requires Registration – Bradley has an institutional membership): Engaging in Authentic Assessment
- Public Policy Associates: Using an Equity Lens in Evaluation
- National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments: Planning Your Evaluation
- S. Department of Education: Guidance on Evaluation
- EvaluATE: The Art and Science of Asking Meaningful Evaluation Questions
- EvaluATE: 10 Helpful Hints and 10 Fatal Flaws: Writing Better Evaluation Sections in Your Proposal
- EvaluATE: The 2010 User-Friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation
- EvaluATE: Assessment of Professional Development Activities Toolkit
- Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA): Health Workforce Training Program EVALUATION TOOLKIT
- American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): Writing Research and Evaluation Plans for NSF Grants: How are they similar and different?