An evaluation plan is often an integral part of a proposal and provides details that will improve a project during development and implementation. An effective evaluation plan ensures progress is measured so that intended outcomes are achieved. The Grant Development Office can help you identify an appropriate evaluator for your project. Depending on the grant requirements, the search for an evaluator may be conducted within the college, the region, or at the national level.
Designing an Evaluation Plan
Evaluations can be formative or summative, and data can be quantitative or qualitative.
This form of evaluation is ongoing and helps you to improve your project as it develops. Your formative evaluation may illustrate a clear need for altering the project’s structure and delivery.
A summative evaluation determines a project’s effectiveness after a length of time; it determines the project’s actual accomplishments in terms of its goals and objectives.
This form of data involves quantifiable, numeric information:
- Pre- and post- tests interviews
- Participant statistics
- Reviews of expenditures
Qualitative data is quantifiable, non-numeric information:
- Focus groups
- Document studies
- Case studies
- Subject Matter Expert opinions