In today’s results-driven research environment, federal agencies, foundations, and other funders—with increasing regularity—require researchers to include an evaluation plan in proposals.
For example, one of the four specific objectives of National Science Foundation’s (NSF) cross-directorate Smart and Connected Communities program is “to conduct robust evaluation of project outcomes.” In meeting goals and milestones, the program solicitation requires that evaluation plans “describe criteria, metrics, and methods for assessing progress and outcomes, appropriate to the proposal.”
Evaluation support at IU
Centrally housed within the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the Center for Evaluation, Policy, & Research (CEPR) provides evaluation, policy, and research support and services for faculty, researchers, departments, and centers across IU-Bloomington, as well as for campus and university initiatives. CEPR can provide a thorough and thoughtful evaluation plan—tailored to your project and the funder’s requirements.
Please allow CEPR’s team at least two weeks to prepare a budget, scope of work, timeline, and other required documents. If you have questions regarding evaluation, at any stage of your project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.