This checklist provides suggestions for the content and organization of long-form evaluation reports that are concise, easy-to-understand, and easy-to-navigate. The checklist is not a rigid set of requirements, but rather a compilation of suggestions based on evaluation literature, the authors’ experience, and input from experts. An evaluation client’s or sponsor’s requirements for reporting should take precedence over this checklist’s recommendations.
DRAFT: This checklist is designed to help project staff create a project resume. A project resume is a list of all key activities or accomplishments of a project. This document can easily be created in a word processing document, then uploaded to the project’s website. Make the resume easy to find on the project’s website, such as in the “About” section. For a more dynamic resume, include links to supporting documents, staff biographies, or personal Web pages, this will allow users to quickly locate items referenced on the project’s resume. Tracking all activities over the life of a project will make it easier to complete annual reports, apply for future funding, and respond to information requests. For an example of our project resume see (About > EvaluATE’s Resume).
Updated in August 2015
This checklist is intended to be of assistance to prospective ATE principal investigators in developing evaluation plans for proposals to the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. It is organized around the components of an NSF proposal (see the NSF Grant Proposal Guide) with an emphasis on the evaluation aspects. This document is not intended to serve as a comprehensive checklist for preparing an ATE proposal, but to provide guidelines for those elements that involve evaluation. All proposers should carefully read the ATE Program Solicitation. For additional guidance related to developing ATE proposal evaluation plans, see 10 Helpful Hints and 10 Fatal Flaws: Writing Better Evaluation Sections in Your Proposals.