1.What is program evaluation?

A program evaluation is a systematic examination of outcomes and processes of a program, project, or organization. Data is collected with regard to specific program or organizational goals or objectives. Evaluation findings are used to inform sound decision-making.

2.What type of program evaluation can Acumen Research and Evaluation, LLC provide?

Acumen Research and Evaluation, LLC has extensive experience in the evaluation of education and social services. Specific examples of the evaluations Acumen Research and Evaluation, LLC has conducted in the past can be found on the Projects & Research link.

3.Does Acumen Research and Evaluation, LLC only provide evaluations for grant-funded projects?

While the majority of our evaluations have been associated with externally funded projects and grants, we also provide privately and internally funded evaluations to businesses, school districts, community organizations, private organizations, and corporations.

4.How much do you charge for an evaluation?

The cost of the evaluation is dependent upon the scope of the project.  Acumen Research and Evaluation, LLC evaluation costs are based upon the task—we do not charge an hourly rate. Typically, the cost of an evaluation associated with an externally funded project ranges between 8% and 10% of the project budget.

5.What services are included in a Acumen Research and Evaluation, LLC program evaluation?

We provide comprehensive evaluation services including identification of outcomes and objectives, development of a theory of change and logic model, designing and implementing data collection measures (including surveys, interviews, and observations), obtaining Institutional Review Board approval for work with human subjects, data analysis, quarterly written reports to enhance project success, formal and informal meetings with project/organization staff, and assistance with annual and final reporting requirements.

6.What do you do with the data you collect for an evaluation?

All electronic data collected is password protected. Hard copy data is secured in a locked cabinet. Data collected from individuals is either anonymous or coded so that the individual’s identity cannot be determined. Results of the data analysis and the evaluation are aggregated—reported as a whole rather than per individuals or units. Data is maintained until the conclusion of the project at which time it is deleted or destroyed.

7.Is program evaluation the only service you provide?

In addition to program evaluation,  Acumen Research and Evaluation, LLC provides grant writing assistance and survey research. Survey research is especially helpful for needs assessments—gathering the data you need to include in a grant proposal to show that your proposed program will indeed address a current gap or need within your community or organization.

8. What do you charge for grant writing?

Acumen Research and Evaluation will provide grant writing assistance if an agreement is signed that the proposed project includes Acumen Research and Evaluation as the project evaluation firm. In these cases, we waive any fees in lieu of the evaluation contract if the project is funded. We do not assist with searching for funding opportunities or locating non-profit organizational operating funds.

If a proposal includes  Acumen Research and Evaluation, LLC as the evaluation team, then grant writing services are eligible for a discount. 

“Accuracy of observation is the equivalent of accuracy of thinking.” – Wallace Stevens