Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Evaluating Education Projects

One of the resources for my current education studies is "Evaluating Projects (Chesterton)". This provides guidance in preparing applications for Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) grants. Unfortunately the link for the evaluation document changed when the OLT was created to replace the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC). The document "ALTC Grants Scheme - Evaluating Projects" is available on the new OLT website. A PDF version titled "ALTC PROJECT EVALUATION RESOURCE" also available. It is not clear why the web and PDF versions of the document have different titles.
 
The document was developed by Paul Chesterton (ACU) and Rick Cummings (Murdoch University) for the ALTC. The document is dated 2001 and no changes appear to have been made since the creation of the OLT.

ALTC Grants Scheme - Evaluating Projects

Purpose of the Resource

This resource is designed to provide guidance and assistance on project and program evaluation to individuals and groups submitting proposals for funding under the ALTC’s Grants and Fellowships Programs. The guidance is in the nature of background information on what project evaluation is and what constitutes good practice in the evaluation of learning and teaching projects.
Assistance is provided in the form of templates for key elements of a project evaluation. The resource also links to resources that help you and/or the evaluation team to carry out the evaluation — from design to data collection, analysis and management to reporting the findings. This resource is designed around the development of an evaluation plan, and it is intended that every project proposal will show evidence of formal evaluation planning that focuses on questions such as those outlined in this resource.
Depending on the expertise and experience of the user, the resource might be used for a variety of purposes, including as a guide for an evaluation plan, a checklist to assess a draft plan, a resource to inform stakeholders of good practice in evaluation, or to review a completed evaluation study and report....
From:  "ALTC Grants Scheme - Evaluating Projects", OLT (ALTC), 2011

1 comment:

Rick Cummings said...

Hi Tom,
Thanks for highlighting the evaluation resource, hopefully your readers will find it useful. The contrasting names is an artefact of the move from the ALTC to the OLT. One minor correction is that the publication date is 2011 not 2001 as reported in your blog.
Rick Cummings