"One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results." - Milton Friedman
Oftentimes a sponsor will require a program to include evaluation services as part of its budgeted activities. Evaluation is beneficial to the sponsor because it assists the sponsor in determining the quality and value of the program. Evaluation also serves as a mechanism for the campus (as the program recipient) to determine whether the program is meeting the goals and objectives promised in the awarded proposal.
As a means to ensure that a program evaluator is appropriately reviewing and documenting a program's goals and objectives, the campus requires evaluators to follow the same process for payment as independent contractors. A description of the work performed, including contractor meeting dates with project personnel, community partners, etc., and the outcome of the work/deliverable is required. Program personnel are asked to compile a report assessing the work of the evaluator, giving careful consideration as to whether program objectives were achieved, the quality of the work performed was satisfactory, all specified due dates were met, coordination and cooperation with others was evident, closeout activities were timely and thorough, etc.
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If you have any questions, comments or suggestions regarding this or other research issues please contact Heidi Moldenhauer, Grants Management Specialist, at 673-3528 or Heidi.Moldenhauer@fredonia.edu. The Office of Sponsored Programs is located in Thompson Hall, E230.