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


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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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