Q: How much does an evaluation cost?
A: CEEP's rates are extremely competitive. Our budget will depend on our scope of work, length of project, data collection methods (e.g., interviews vs. online surveys), researchers' time, anticipated travel, supplies, and indirect costs. Federal agencies have the option to use IU’s GSA MOBIS schedule.
Q: Do you work with units/departments within Indiana University?
A: CEEP works with both internal and external clients.
Q: In a program evaluation, what sort of feedback will CEEP provide?
CEEP's evaluation plan emphasizes communication and collaboration as integral components of the evaluation process. Communication with the client and key stakeholders may occur through both formal and informal means and may include progress reports; conference calls; face-to-face meetings; and, presentations to stakeholder groups. Specific details related to feedback, reports, communication strategies, and timelines will be established in collaboration with CEEP's client.
Q: I'm looking for an external evaluator for my research proposal. What information should I share if I'm interested in working with CEEP? When should I contact CEEP?
A: Please send along a copy of (or link to) the RFP and a project narrative or summary (even if in draft form). Funders continue to ask for more detailed proposed evaluation plans. In order to provide you with a thorough and thoughtful evaluation--tailored to your project and the funder's requirements--please allow CEEP's research team at least two weeks to prepare a budget, scope of work, timeline, and other documents as needed and required.
Q: For my research proposal, how will CEEP be included in my submission?
A: For units/departments within IU, CEEP’s costs are proposed in conjunction with the main department’s proposal submission to the agency. CEEP is included in the proposal document routing. For projects outside of IU, CEEP’s evaluation will be submitted with approval from IU's Office of Research Administration and, if awarded, arranged as a subcontract between the external institution/organization and the Trustees of Indiana University.
Q: What is a logic model?
A: A logic model is a visual framework to get you thinking about the outcomes of your project (i.e., program goals) and how you will measure those outcomes to show impact. (The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is a great resource for developing a logic model.) Your performance measures must be S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely).