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Teaching American History Evaluation: Enabling More Data-Based Decision-Making & the 2011 RFP
The 2011 Teaching American History (TAH) program RFP makes evaluation an even more significant part of the grant application than it has been in the past.

Read it here.

The quality of the evaluation counts for 25 points of the total score of your proposal. Just like last year, your grant proposal will first be scored on overall project quality (35 points), quality of the project design (35 points), need for the project (20 points) and the quality of the management plan (10 points). If you score high high enough in these areas, your application will then be scored by another set of reviewers on the evaluation plan. The quality of the project evaluation plan (25 points) can thus make or break your Teaching American History proposal.

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As we discussed in an earlier post, the needs assessment is also something your evaluator can assist you with. Further, the third competitive preference priority awards up to three additional points for:
Projects that are designed to collect (or obtain), analyze, and use high quality and timely data, including data on program participant outcomes, in accordance with privacy requirements (as defined in this notice), in one or both of the following priority areas:

(a) Improving instructional practices, policies, and student outcomes in elementary and secondary schools.

(b) Providing reliable and comprehensive information on the implementation of Department of Education programs, and participant outcomes in these programs by using data from State longitudinal data systems or by obtaining data from reliable third-party sources.
Your evaluator ought to assist you in planning how you will collect, analyze, and use data in order to meet this priority in a way that makes sense for you.

As a special service to Teaching American History grant clients, we will assist in designing and writing the evaluation portion of your Teaching American History grant application free of charge. We will consult with you and design and administer a needs assessment instrument as well as a plan to directly address the competitive preference priorities. The clock is ticking: call us today to get started! Call (570) 744-1618 or email

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