This checklist is designed to help with the creation of a project vita. Similar to an individual’s professional vita or resume, a project vita is a comprehensive index of factual information about a project’s activities and achievements. It documents past performance and demonstrates capacity for future endeavors. Tracking this information over the life of a project will make it easier to complete annual reports to sponsors, respond to information requests, and document achievements in funding applications. If the document is easy to find on the project’s website, stakeholders and other interest parties can easily see how productive (or not) the project has been. For a more dynamic vita, include links to supporting documents, staff biographies, or related web pages; this will allow users to quickly locate items referenced in the vita. For an example of a project vita, see evalu-ate.org/vita. This checklist suggests what to include in a vita and how to organize the information. Projects should tailor their vitae to their specific needs.
The World Health Organization Surgical Safety Checklist has increased patient safety and even saved lives. Checklists have been used in aviation since the 1930s with immeasurable contributions to flight safety. Checklists are used in a wide array of professions to minimize error and enhance quality. What can checklists do for your evaluation practice? In this 45-minute webinar, Lori Wingate will provide an overview of the form and function of checklists, highlight evaluation checklists developed by some of the field’s leading practitioners, and share basic information on how to use these checklists to improve practice. Goldie MacDonald, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will share her experience with checklist development and use in the evaluation of public health programs. Webinar participants will learn how to access and use a range of checklists designed to enhance day-to-day practice.
This session is an extended version of the American Evaluation Association coffee break webinar (bit.ly/aea-webinars) held on April 23, 2015. The same great content—and more—is being made available to the public via EvaluATE’s free webinar series.
The Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development (http://bit.ly/nsf-ies_guide) define the National Science Foundation’s and Department of Education’s shared understanding and expectations regarding types of research and development projects funded by these agencies. Issued in 2013, these guidelines represent a major step toward clarifying and unifying the NSF’s and Department of Education’s policies regarding research and development, particularly with regard to different types of research and development projects and the nature of evidence needed for each type. In this webinar, we’ll provide an orientation to these relatively new guidelines; clarify the distinctions between research, development, and evaluation; and learn about targeted research within NSF’s Advanced Technological Education program.
Lori Wingate, Director of EvaluATE
Kirk Knestis, CEO of Hezel Associates
Will Tyson, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of South Florida and PI for the ATE-funded research project, PathTech
Overview of the Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development
Checklists for the Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development
Edith Gummer’s Presentation on the Common Guidelines at the 2014 ATE PI Conference
Evaluation of NSF ATE Program Research and Development