Project Evaluation

Project evaluation, carefully designed and conducted in collaboration with project developers, can help any broader or societal impact project improve its deliverables, achieve its goals, and measure the degree to which its targeted objectives have been met. For many funded projects, evaluation is a required component. Sometimes the evaluation must be conducted by an external (outside of UA) evaluator. Other times, it is sufficient to use an independent (not affiliated with your project or department/unit) internal evaluator.

Proposal developers should contact an evaluator at least three months in advance of the proposal’s due date—earlier if possible. A good evaluation plan should be closely aligned with the project’s goals and activities. To achieve good alignment, the evaluator needs time to review a draft of the proposal, ask questions, and develop a sound evaluation plan. With short notice, some evaluators may offer to provide a generic evaluation plan. However, seasoned proposal reviewers will give your proposal a more favorable review if it has a well-integrated, tailored evaluation plan.

Whether you are writing a new proposal or are interested in evaluating an existing program, Societal Impact can help you to get started with your evaluation planning. While we may not have the capacity to conduct a project evaluation, we can help you design your project evaluation and provide periodic check-ins, or we can help to connect you with an independent internal (UA) evaluator or external evaluator.

The best place to start with any project evaluation is by completing a logic model  for the project. A logic model helps you to identify the project resources, activities, outputs (observable products or completed activities) and outcomes (shot-, mid- and long-term impacts). Once the logic model is complete, it can help you to plan and monitor project evaluation. Using the logic model as a guide, you will want to determine your evaluation questions which will then inform an evaluation data matrix.  Please explore additional evaluation resources below, or request a consultation with our team.

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Download an Evaluation Questions Checklist PDF

Logic Model Template
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Logic Models: A tool for designing and monitoring program evaluations
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EvaluATE: Evaluation Data Matrix Template
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Evaluation Questions Checklist for Program Evaluators
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The 2010 NSF User-Friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation
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Broader Impacts Project Evaluation
This website presents a number of tools for evaluating your broader impacts projects.

 

Evaluation Flash Cards: Embedding Evaluative Thinking in Organizational Culture
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Principal Investigator’s Guide: Managing Evaluation in Informal STEM Education Projects
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Evaluating Learning Outcomes from Citizen Science
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Guide to Conducting Culturally Responsive Evaluation
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Finding and Selecting an Evaluator
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Evaluate Undergraduate Research
Visit the "Evaluate UR" website

 

NSF Framework for Evaluating Impacts of Broadening Participation Projects
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