The American Institutes for Research (AIR) has recently conducted a review of all Fiscal Year 2015 end-year local evaluations (submitted last fall). Individual feedback from this review will be forthcoming (to Fiscal Year 2015 grantees only), but in the meantime AIR wanted to share a few local evaluation best-practices tips based on their review. They have collected these in a document linked to this post, titled “AIR Tips for OH 21st CCLC Grantees Planning Local Evaluation Reports.”
This tips document includes seven general tips with some specific guidance regarding best practices in writing a local evaluation report. Some of the tips or sub-points may seem obvious, or may be things you are already doing; if so, great! But perhaps a few of the tips will help you push your local evaluation report further or make it clearer. Also, please note that this is indeed a tip sheet, NOT a set of requirements, and is simply meant to help you make your local evaluation report stronger. Refer to Ohio’s local evaluation manual for your specific local evaluation requirements. It may be useful to share this document with your local evaluator and to have a discussion about the tips alongside discussion of Ohio’s 21st CCLC local evaluation requirements, however.