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Getting Started

If you are interested in starting an evaluation or research project with RK&A, please consider these preliminary steps. We look forward to speaking with you about your specific evaluation or research needs.

Planning

We encourage you to spend time planning your projects because of the relationship between planning and evaluation. A well thought-out project creates the foundation for strong evaluation. Evaluation determines a project’s successes and shortcomings, using the goals and outcomes identified during planning as a gauge. The most productive evaluations emerge from projects that have clear and well-articulated outcomes.

Audience and Outcomes

There are two essential building blocks to creating a success project: 1) selecting an audience; and 2) articulating clear outcomes. Thus, when we meet with you, we may ask the following key questions:

Who is your target audience?
We will help you identify audience(s), which, in turn, allows us to think about which evaluation or research strategies are appropriate to apply to your situation.

What outcomes do you envision?
The RK&A team is skilled at helping project leaders clarify their thinking about what they would like their project to achieve. As part of our planning services, we offer Planning for Impact workshops (to support staff in writing an impact statement and aligning all work to achieve that end) and Building Evaluation Capacity workshops (to support staff in creating measurable outcomes).

Project Timeline

We encourage you to contact us as soon as you learn of an evaluation or research need. Although it is ideal to contact us at least three months before starting a project, we realize sometimes that is not possible.

We understand that most organizations work under enormous time pressure. Accordingly, we will help you design a schedule that will allow you and us to produce the highest quality work possible.

Federal Grants

We are pleased to participate in the IMLS, NEA, NEH, NIH, NSF, NOAA, and NASA grant application processes, and we have the expertise to write the evaluation plan for your proposal.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

As required by the U.S. Department of Education, RK&A has secured Federalwide Assurance (FWA) to conduct research with human subjects (e.g., students, teachers, and museum educators) from the U.S. Office for Human Research Protections. RK&A’s FWA number is FWA00007535. RK&A has considerable experience working with different IRBs, including those associated with school districts, and we will manage the IRB process as necessary.

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