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Holder request for proposal

  1. 1. Evaluation Proposal for Determining Instructional Purposes Program Submitted to: Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development Evaluator: L & L Educational Associates Denise Holder
  2. 2. Introduction In October 2014, Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development (FWL) requested proposals to evaluate their training program aimed at school administrators and graduate students in educational administration. L & L Educational Associates submits this proposal in response to their request. Description of Program Determining Instructional Purposes (DIP) program provides training on a set number of instructional objectives to school administrators and graduate students in educational administration. This program consists of a Coordinator’s Handbook and three training units. These training units contain four to six modules that provide training on a set number of instructional objectives. Reading materials are included in each module. Opportunities for individual or small group activities and feedback for practice activities are also included. The cost is $8.95 per unit and $24.95 for the set of three units. The coordinator’s handbook has directions for coordinating the three units at a cost of $4.50 a copy. Each unit was designed to be self-contained. These units may either stand on their own or to be used in combination with the other units. Units 1 and 3 require an estimated 10-15 hours, while Unit 2 requires approximately 12-18 hours. The administration of each unit is to be done by a program coordinator. Each unit may be done as a short-term workshop or in individual sessions over a period of several days or weeks. As stated by FWL, the program coordinator does not need any prior knowledge of content area. The program coordinator’s role is to organize, guide, and monitor activities. Evaluation Method Far West Laboratory wishes to determine the future of the DIP program. Many stakeholders must be addressed in this evaluation to determine the evaluation method that would fit best for this project. The goal of this evaluation is to provide feedback on whether or not FWL should commit resources to market the DIP program. Before a recommendation regarding DIP’s training package, we must first determine the effectiveness of the program in a real-world setting. At the onset of the evaluation process, L & L will meet with FWL stakeholders to determine the goals and objectives of the DIP program. From these communications, L & L will create data instruments and share them with stakeholders prior to administration. L& L is interested in the feedback of stakeholders before continuing the evaluative process. Feedback received will allow L & L to customize the data collection instruments to make certain the learning outcomes are addressed in them. L & L has secured the participation of three area school districts to pilot the DIP program with materials furnished by FWL. School administrators and graduate students have agreed to be placed into groups and participate in each unit. Units will be administered over a two-week period. Prior to beginning the DIP program, all participants will be required to complete an
  3. 3. online survey about the content of the program. A similar survey will be required at the end of their participation to determine if learning outcomes were achieved. During the pilot phase of the evaluation, one team member from the L&L team will be present to observe portions of all units and modules within them and be available for support, if necessary. The team member will have a solid understanding all DIP program materials and be knowledgeable in the administration of all units in the program. The team member will also conduct videotaped interviews with a select group of participants. Throughout the pilot phase of the DIP program, participants will be required to take part in online focus groups. These focus groups will contain a variety of question styles. Multiple choice, Likert scale, and open-ended questions will relate to the instructional objectives as well as participant’s feelings regarding the contents of the DIP program. Program coordinators will have a set of questions that are specific to the administration of the program. These questions will determine if the program coordinator’s role is to organize, guide, and monitor activities or if they felt as though subject area background was necessary prior to administration. At the end of the pilot phase, another online survey will be required of participants. This survey will include open-ended questions regarding the benefits of the DIP program, where their districts might implement a program such as DIP, and what improvements, if any, should be made to make the DIP program stronger. Opinions regarding overall satisfaction of the contents and cost of this program and the willingness to purchase this program will be welcomed. After all data collection instruments have closed, L & L will review and compile all data received. Data from interviews and surveys will be summarized and presented to FWL for review. FWL will review summary of data and share input with L & L. After all feedback has been received, a final evaluation report with findings and recommendations will be given to FWL. Task Schedule The following task schedule is contingent upon the start date of November 1, 2014. If a different start date is agreed upon, this schedule will be adjusted accordingly. Task Agency Responsible Deadline Date Meet with staff and stakeholders to review proposal – modify and adjust as necessary L & L November 1, 2014 Submit data collection instruments for review L & L November 30, 2014 Review data collection instruments and provide feedback FWL December 31, 2014 Revisions of data collection instruments Submit final products L & L January 31, 2015
  4. 4. Administer initial surveys L & L February 23, 2015 Observe DIP training/conduct interviews L & L March 6, 2015 Conduct online focus groups L & L March 31, 2015 Administer final surveys L & L March 31, 2015 Analyze and summarize data/observations L & L April 30. 2015 Compile/summarize all data for stakeholders L & L May 31, 2015 Feedback from initial findings of all compiled data FWL June 30, 2015 Submit final evaluation report to FWL L & L July 31, 2015 Project Personnel For over 30 years, L & L Educational Associates has been an industry leader in program evaluation. With a team of highly skilled experts, L & L strives for excellence and settles for nothing less. All members of our team hold master’s degrees and have been personally involved in every evaluation that L & L has completed. L & L values our client’s input and working closely with you throughout every step of the evaluation. Denise Carlisle, CEO of L & L Educational Associates, will be responsible for evaluation of this program. Denise has over 20 years of experience in educational settings and will oversee this evaluation from start to finish. Her specialties are data collection, data analysis, budgeting, and building relationships through open dialogue. Tracy Maxwell, Senior Research Associate, has worked with L & L for 8 years. Tracy has been involved with numerous educational evaluations and believes in a research-based approach to evaluation. Her specialties are client communication and incorporating research skills into each evaluation. Keri Omega, an evaluation and research associate that has been with L & L for 5 years, will provide all clerical duties for this evaluation. Keri values a collaborative work environment, and her impeccable organizational skills keep each project flowing smoothly. Project Budget   Personnel         Dr.  Carlisle   30  days   $400/day   $12,000   Ms.  Maxwell   40  days   $300/day   $12,000   Ms.  Omega   20  days   $150/day   $3,000   Travel           2  RT  flights       $800   Rental  car   8  days   $75/day   $600   Mileage   300  miles   $0.565/mile   $169.50  
  5. 5. Hotel   6  nights   $100   $600   Per  diem   8  days   $55   $440   DIP  Pilot  Program   Implementation           Room  rental     10  days   $100/day   $1000   Lunch  for  24   participants  –   including  delivery   10  days   $12   $2880   Supplies         Office  supplies         $250   Communications         Internet  –   connectivity,   website  for  surveys       $350   Copy  supplies       $150   Total       $34,239.50