We offer assistance to faculty developing grants related to education and educational evaluation.
While we do not write the grants ourselves, we can offer several levels of help. Please get in touch as soon as possible.
If you come two months ahead, we will:
- Work with you to develop the grant by helping you formulate learning objectives and educational activities, find supporting literature, and create guidelines for evaluation.
- Offer extensive feedback on your grant (2-3 appointments).
If you come two weeks ahead, we may:
- Consult with you (1 appointment).
- Offer follow-up feedback (via email or phone).
If you come less than two weeks ahead, we may:
- Refer you to grant-writing resources.
Letters of support
If the timing and conditions fit, we’d be happy to write a letter of support. However, we cannot write such letters without proper notice or without reviewing and discussing the grant in detail.
In developing your grant, you must consider who is conducting the evaluation. If you are conducting it, then you will collect and analyze data and develop your own instruments. We can then provide feedback and suggest resources.
If, however, you need a more sustained, formal evaluation (which may be done by available staff or outside staff hired by you), the appropriate funds must be allocated. Certain foundations and agencies, such as NSF, expect you will allocate a substantive portion of the budget (10 to 15 percent) for evaluation of the education component.
Please note: we are not funded to provide free evaluation, nor are we staffed to work on every grant for which we are initially consulted.
Writing the education component
Consider the following:
- Clear specification of educational objectives.
- Rationale for what you're doing (supported by literature).
- Supporting statements for why it might succeed (why you've chosen this particular approach).
- Link specific learning objectives to evaluation (refer to Bloom's taxonomy, pedagogical methods, resources, etc.).
- Link to NSF guidelines.