Your Evaluation Design informs the reviewers how you plan to review and evaluate the status of your project both during the project work and after project completion.

  • The Evaluation Design can be conducted by the Principal investigator or by another member of the research study team, and should include an evaluation schedule and a communication plan to disseminate results and feedback to the research team.
  • There are two components of evaluation designs to consider for your project:
    • Product Evaluation
      • Results that can be credited to your project, such as manufactured goods or an approved item for consumption, that immediately recognize that the project has fulfilled its desired objectives.
    • Process Evaluation
      • Results as to how well the project and various specific aims were conducted in terms of efficiency, effectiveness and consistency. There may not be a specific product associated with this process, but requirements should be set for when the project is closed to evaluate the overall success of the project.
  • Questions you should answer in this section include:
    • Does the granting agency require specific evaluation techniques?
    • How you will determine if the practice gap was addressed for the target group?
    • How will you quantify change expected from this project in target audience?
    • How will you determine if target audience was fully engaged in the project?
    • How do you plan for the project outcomes to be broadly disseminated?
  • Consider the following elements:
    • Evaluation Schedule that:
      • Assesses initial and ongoing project activities or assesses the quality and success of a project in reaching stated goals
      • Begins during project development and continues through implementation
    • Feedback should:
      • Provide new and sometimes unanticipated insights into improving the outcomes of the project
      • Involve review by the principal investigator, the steering or governance committee, and either an internal or external evaluator (depending on grant requirements)
    • At Project Close, your evaluation plan should:
      • Provide a thorough description that allows the scientific community to understand how the project was completed, evaluated and ultimately deemed a success or failure.