All proposals are required to explain the tangible progress that is intended to result from funded projects.
In the pre-proposal stages, key questions include:
- Tentative Goals (we recognize that these might get refined once all collaborators are on board).
- Desired outcomes
- Estimated/Tentative budget
For final proposals, assessment plans will need to be well-developed.
- Each Goal for the project needs to be clearly stated. The goal should be measurable.
- For each goal, you will be asked to describe the methods you will use to evaluate project success. ACS expects these to be measurable goals that are designed to produce tangible results. How will you know your project is successful? For example, if your project involves innovative instruction designed to improve student learning, what methods will you use to measure and demonstrate that improvement?
If funded, what happens AFTER the completion of your grant? ACS cannot know what success looks like for each project; only you and your partners can explain it. We can help guide you so that ACS has the follow-through necessary for reporting to Mellon and you have tangible evidence needed for future institutional investment in your project. We believe that high-quality, post-grant reports are the best guarantee for future investments.
Finally, we encourage participants to pursue publishing opportunities in the scholarship on teaching and learning. Please let us know about any publications and/or presentations coming out of your project – even if it is well beyond the end date of your grant.