Discussion: Peer Review: Methodology and Evaluation Plans
The section of your proposal outlining project activities (commonly called the methodology section) is simply an explanation of how the project will reach its objectives. The description of activities should focus on the aspects of the project that will resolve or prevent the problems identified in the need statement by obtaining the results promised in the objectives.
—Deborah Ward (2012)
In developing the methodology for your project, keep these thoughts in mind:
- A project should undertake only activities that will move it toward the objectives.
- If any activities are not necessary for reaching the objectives, do not include them in the proposal.
- The methodology includes the day-to-day, week-to-week, and/or month-to-month activities that will be carried out during the project period.
In recent years, evaluation plans have become increasingly important to prospective funders. Competition for grants is intense, and funders must feel confident that money will be well spent and that projects can be appropriately evaluated. This is an important consideration for the grant seeker as well. Your organization will also want to be assured that the time and effort put into a project proves that the objectives are met and if not, why.
In this Discussion, with this week’s Learning Resources in mind, as well as the details of your project, you will share your methodology and evaluation plans.
Support your work with specific citations from this week’s Learning Resources and additional scholarly sources as appropriate. Refer to the Essential Guide to APA Style for Walden Students to ensure that your in-text citations and reference list are correct.