Format for Evaluation Research Proposal: The proposal shall consist of the following sections:
Introduction: Remember that you are writing for a non-expert audience. The purpose of this section is to inform your audience on important aspects of the program. The following types of questions should be answered in this section (not all-inclusive): What is the program and what does it do? Why is the program important? What is the context of the program? What problems does the program address? What are specific goals and objectives of the program? Who are the target population? What is it about the program that makes it of interest for evaluation? Why should it be evaluated? How will it be effectively evaluated? Include in your proposal a Document model of the program. Explain which program elements you will evaluate.
Literature Review: The review helps you clarify your thinking in the type of design to employ for the evaluation. Use the review to inform yourself in detail about the program. Identify the relevant previous evaluation studies of the program or a related program and any theory involved with predicting program effects. Briefly summarize what the literature contains in an integrated narrative that relates the information to your focus and your evaluation design. The review should include a minimum of five articles or books. Summaries are to be in your own words.
Methodology: The methodology will consist of the following four sections:
Design: It will depend on the type of evaluation proposed. Convince your audience that your strategy is appropriate. Will you collect data over time or at one point in time? What method of data collection is best? Why do you think these procedures are best suited for the program? What are the advantages and disadvantages of these methods? What kinds of problems/concerns have to be considered and how should they be handled? What are your hypotheses? Are you planning to use a quasi-experimental design? How will the control/comparison group and the program participants be identified?
Data: Identify the target population and who to include in the study. If sampling is to be used clearly relate how the procedure will be conducted. If sampling is not proposed where are the data located, and how will it be obtained? Why is your method of data collection the most appropriate for the program and the proposed evaluation design? What steps are involved and what are the potential problems? Who helps with data collection? What about confidentiality issues and training for data collectors? What is the time frame for data collection?
Variables and Measures: How are your variables measured (level of measurement)? What are your criteria for success/failure? Discuss the reliability and validity of your measures. Include a table in your proposal showing your variables and measures.
Statistical Analysis: Use this section to explain how the data you propose to collect will be analyzed. Defend your selection of techniques based on level of measurement, previous designs, and previous studies.
Budget: Specify the resources necessary to actually do the evaluation.
Time frame: How many weeks/months/years will it take?
Materials: What do you need in terms of equipment and supplies?
Personnel: What do you expect the personnel cost to be?
Computer: How much computer support do you need? Do you need assistance from other sources?
Overhead/Other: Are any other resources needed?
Bibliography: List sources used in developing the evaluation proposal

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