The Rucks Group 2021 Summer Newsletter

The Rucks Group - Innovation through Revelation - Summer 2021 E-Newsletter

Join Our Next Coffee Break Webinar at 2:00p EDT on June 17

Thursday, June 17, 2021 2:00-2:30p EDT

With many grant proposals’ due dates just around the corner, we are offering an update on our formula for writing an evaluation plan.

The evaluation section continues to be an important component of a grant proposal. As such, we have previously introduced a formula for how to write an effective evaluation plan for a grant proposal. In this webinar, we share our updated formula and lessons we have gleaned over the past year of working with dozens of project teams. We build on those lessons for insights on how to increase the potential for you to garner grant funding.

Project Leader Highlights Work with Rucks Group Evaluators

If you have followed any of our blogs, webinars, or other resources, you have probably noticed how firmly The Rucks Group values a collaborative relationship with a project team to cultivate project innovation. Columbus State Community College’s (CSCC) Project Manager David Cofer draws from his experiences working with The Rucks Group evaluators, Drs. Michael FitzGerald and Julia Siwierka, to argue the importance and impact of a collaborative atmosphere in his blogpost Innovation & Cooperative Evaluation on EvaluATE’s website. EvaluATE is the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (NSF ATE) evaluation resource hub. In Mr. Cofer’s blog, he also addresses the four components of cooperative evaluation that are instrumental in enriching any project: continuous improvement, evaluation co-creators, challenging norms, and becoming culturally ingrained.
For more information on collaborative (cooperative) evaluation, check out David Cofer’s blog on EvaluATE

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Seeks Researchers with Technology Backgrounds

Using Social Network Analysis to Evaluate Connections among Stakeholders

Mapping and measuring the structure and development of the connections between educators, industry partners, and other stakeholders is an integral component to attaining project success and developing a skilled technical workforce.

EvaluATE published a blog written by The Rucks Group’s Senior Research and Evaluation Associate, Dr. Michael FitzGerald, that addresses the role of Social Network Analysis (SNA) in helping a project team to understand the interconnectedness of networks. This method is appropriate in an evaluation of the individuals, groups, or other entities involved in a particular network towards measuring the strength, frequency, and closeness of these relational ties. If you would like to learn more about this method, please click “View Blog” below.

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The Rucks Group 2021 Spring Newsletter

Get a Grip! Tips to Ease Annual Report Anxiety

Thursday, April 22, 2021 2:00-2:30p EDT

Receiving grant funds to implement an innovative initiative can be both exhilarating and nerve-wracking. The usual responsibilities—and self-doubts—can intensify as the annual report deadline approaches. How do you start? What details do you include? Are just two of the discomforting questions that come with tackling an annual report.

Even when a funder provides a template, it does not necessarily simplify the process of fitting the unique aspects of what is happening on the ground with your program into a set format. Defuse your anxiety by attending The Rucks Group’s Annual Report webinar. In 30 minutes, you will learn what most funders, and the National Science Foundation (NSF) in particular, want to know from grantees.

Solutions to Transforming to a Remote Space

Join the Working Partners Team and The Rucks Group Spring 2021 Working Partners Workshop.

As a partner to the Working Partners team, we are pleased to share information about an upcoming event to offer a collaborative, interactive professional development opportunity designed to support ATE community members with identifying, assessing, and planning for successful industry-education partnerships. The free 8-week workshop will be held from May 23, 2021 – July 20, 2021.

Workshop Details:

  • Live Sessions on Tuesdays from 3:00p – 4:30p EDT: Presentations, expert panel discussion, Q & A, interactive exercises, learning together, and more!
  • Canvas Cohort Hub: Resources, planning guides, cohort support, announcements, recordings, exercise submissions, and more available 24/7 on the Canvas online course site.
  • Hi-Tech Conference Registration: The workshop’s final live session will be held on Tuesday, July 20, just prior to the July 21 & 22 HI-TECH virtual conference. Participants who complete the workshop will be provided up to four free registrations to the conference.

For more information, click the Learn More button below.

Kathleen Lis Dean Joins The Rucks Group

We are pleased to announce a new member of The Rucks Group. Kathleen Lis Dean, Ph.D., joined the team from the Cleveland area in January 2021. As a Senior Research and Evaluation Associate, she provides insights to clients to help them attain intended improvements and program impacts.
Prior to joining The Ruck Group, Dr. Dean spent 20 years in evaluation and strategic leadership roles at higher education, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, where she leveraged qualitative and quantitative data to support organizational effectiveness, outcomes assessment, accreditation, strategic planning, and continuous improvement.

Growth Comes with New Location

New opportunities this year have seeded a new home as well as growth at The Rucks Group. While most of our team continues to work remotely due to COVID-19, we have moved our offices to the 130 Building in the bustling center of Dayton’s Business District.
Please update our contact information in your records:

Physical Address:

130 W. Second Street; Suite 1050 Dayton, OH 45402

Payment Remittance Address:
P.O. Box 24655 Dayton, OH 45424

Additional Contact Info:
(p) 937-242-7024
(f)  937-242-7026
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The Rucks Group, LLC is a research and evaluation firm that gathers, analyses, and interprets data to enable our clients to measure the impact of their work.