Empirical Education is thoroughly familiar with the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) RFP requirements. SEED reviewers look for grant proposals that use third-party researchers to conduct the evaluations to ensure that the results are both viable and reliable. We are ready to work with your organization on creating a winning proposal for this competition. Contact us today to discuss options.
Empirical Education is pleased to announce that we have successfully written evaluation plans for three winning proposals with Georgia State University (GSU) (two in the 2020 competition and one in the 2017 competition). Over the last three years, we’ve partnered with GSU to evaluate the Collaboration and Reflection to Enhance Atlanta Teacher Effectiveness (CREATE) 3-year residency program for early career teachers. Our evaluation provides CREATE with rich process and formative feedback as they implement, and summative research reports on the impact of their program on teacher and student outcomes.
“The plan exceeds the expectations that comprehensive evaluation measures will be employed, therefore ensuring the success of the plan.”
(SEED reviewer comments)
The evaluation component of any application process is pivotal to success. A small number of score points can be the difference to making the cut. Our extensive experience conducting rigorous educational research and evaluations has equipped us with comprehensive strategies for success with SEED proposals. We work closely with each applicant to tailor an appropriate evaluation model to the intervention. We anticipate aspects of implementation, design, and analysis that reviewers are likely to look for. Our efforts result in concise proposals with strong research designs.
“The evaluation plan to which the methods of evaluation include the use of objective performance measures that are clearly related to the intended outcomes of the project and will produce quantitative and qualitative data to the extent possible is clearly written.” (SEED reviewer comments)
As the field matures, we mature with it, taking full advantage of Technical Assistance provided through IES and NCEE to understand what the reviewers are looking for. We apply each year’s lessons to the next year’s applications. We draw on various professional standards when considering designs and analyses, including the What Works Clearinghouse, NEi3 Outcome Standards, and the Program Evaluation Standards.
“The applicant provides a thorough narrative about how the methods of evaluation will, if implemneted well, produce evidence about the project's effectiveness that would meet the WWC standrads without reservations as described in the WWC Handbook..” (SEED reviewer comments)
We are looking forward to becoming part of your winning team in the next round of SEED grant applications. Let us use our experience and success to improve your chances.
“The applicant has provided a strong evaluation plan that includes appropriate methods of evaluation.”
(SEED reviewer comments)