Indicator

Undefined

Emerging

Meets Expectation

Exceeds Expectation

Significance of project identified and justified.

General statements are made on the importance of the project without any supporting documentation from a review of literature.  No overview, rationale, or intent of the study is provided. General questions are raised, but no specific research questions are identified.

General statements are made on the importance of the project with limited supporting documentation from the review of literature.  Significance of project is linked only to building capacity of the provider and is not linked to systematic change or innovation.  Non-specific rationale statements are made, but are not linked to the literature review.  Identified research questions are not measurable or actionable.

Significance of project is documented and supported through the review of literature. Rationale of the project links to national research agenda and will likely result in systematic change or innovation.  Specific, measurable, and actionable research questions are identified and linked to the literature review.

Significance of project is documented and supported through the review of literature and national research agenda.  Results of project will likely result in systematic change or innovation and serve as a national model.  Specific, measurable, and actionable research questions are identified and linked to literature and rationale for the study. How the study will contribute to the body of knowledge in education is articulated.

Research questions and objectives.

Research questions are provided, but are presented in vague terms that cannot be conceptualized or operationalized — or objectives are identified for the transformation initiative, but no specific research questions are presented.  Research questions do not align with significance of the project or rationale and are not grounded in the review of literature.

Research question(s) is/ are ill-defined and lack specificity. The vague terms do not allow the project to be conceptualized or operationalized.  Presented questions are not grounded in the literature. Objectives are identified, but fail to align with the research question(s).  Provided objectives are not tied to interventions, strategies, or outcomes.

Research questions are appropriate, specific, and well-defined, allowing the project to be conceptualized or operationalized.  Research questions are grounded in the literature. Objectives align with research question(s), stated in measurable terms, and linked to interventions, strategies, or outcomes.

Research questions are appropriate, specific, and well-defined, allowing the project to be conceptualized or operationalized.  Research questions are grounded in the  literature. Objectives align with research question(s), stated in measurable terms, tied to key milestones of the initiative, and linked to interventions, strategies, or outcomes.

Indicator

Undefined

Emerging

Meets Expectation

Exceeds Expectation

Participants and selection.

Participants in the study are not identified and participant selection is not described. General comments are made on the context of the study, but no specifics are provided.

Participants in the study are described, but how participant selection was made is not described.  Vague terms are used to describe the context and setting of the study.

Participants in the study are described, including how many were included and how participant selection was made (random, groups of convenience, etc.). Context or setting of the study is described.

Participants in the study are described, including how many were included with key demographic information provided.  How participant selection was made (random, groups of convenience, etc.) is described in detail. Context or setting of the study is described.

Research design is described.

Type of research to be conducted and methodology to be used is not identified. Variables are not identified. General statements are made on the procedures to be used in conducting the research.

Type of research to be conducted is identified, but does not align with research questions. Variables are incorrectly identified and procedures and methodology for conducting the research are vague and lack specificity.

Type of research to be conducted is identified (qualitative, survey, descriptive, etc) and aligns with research questions.  Variables are correctly identified and research procedures are described, including how data are to be analyzed, how data collection is to occur, and when and where the research is to be conducted.

Type of research to be conducted is identified (qualitative, survey, descriptive, etc.) and aligns with research questions.  Variables are correctly identified and research procedures are described, including how data are to be analyzed, how data collection is to occur, and when and where the research is to be conducted.  In addition, validity and reliability are reported for instruments to be used in the study.

IRB approval and timeline for implementing research plan.

No plan or timeline is presented for IRB approval or implementation of the study. No key milestones or phases are provided. 

A plan is presented for IRB approval. A plan for the research is presented, but it is underdeveloped. Key phases or milestones of the research plan are not identified or linked to a timeline. Timeline is not linked to assessment of identified objectives or budgetary expenditures.

A specific plan for IRB approval is provided, along with a timeline linked to key phases or milestones of the research plan. Timeline is lined to the assessment of objectives and includes references to budgetary expenditures. Timeline includes year by year actions.

A specific plan for IRB approval is provided, along with a timeline linked to key phases or milestones of the research plan. Timeline is linked to the assessment of objectives, includes references to budgetary expenditures and specific actions by month and year.

Indicator

Undefined

Emerging

Meets Expectation

Exceeds Expectation

Broad-based unit and stakeholder involvement in the development and implementation of plan.

TI developed by one individual or small group not representative or key stakeholders.  No indication of how relevant stakeholders will be involved in implementation.  Stakeholder roles are not defined.

TI developed by one individual or small group with feedback sought from a small group of stakeholders.  A few (2 to 3) individuals are involved in implementation, but other stakeholders have no or a limited role in the initiative.  Stakeholder involvement is uneven and roles are not clearly defined.

TI developed and implemented by a representative group of stakeholders. Roles of stakeholders in the initiative are clearly defined and appropriate.  Stakeholders are viewed as partners in the initiative.

TI  developed and implemented by a representative group of stakeholders. Roles of stakeholders in the initiative are clearly defined and appropriate. Stakeholders participate in all decisions and are equal partners in the development and implementation of the plan.  Plan is reviewed by experts in the area.

Capability to implement and complete the research plan.

A general description of the overall project is provided, but personnel, equipment, budget, and other support needed to implement plan and complete the initiative are not identified. Responsibilities for implementing plan are not identified or clearly defined.  No timeline is provided.

While some basic information on budgetary, equipment, personnel and other support needed to implement the plan are presented, details are vague and lack specificity.  Information is presented in generalities without specific references to budgetary or resources needed to implement the plan.  General descriptions of responsibilities are provided for key individuals.

Yearly overall budget with basic description of personnel, resources, and other support is provided.  Specific resources and funding are linked to key components of the plan.  Specific descriptions of responsibilities are provided for key individuals. 

Detailed budget information and resource allocation are provided identifying specific components of the plan. Detailed job descriptions indicate the specific skills and abilities of key personnel.

Indicator

Undefined

Emerging

Meets Expectation

Exceeds Expectation

Overall evaluation of Transformation Initiative Proposal

When reviewed as a whole, the proposal lacks specificity, clarity, and coherency.  While one or more areas may meet expectations, the overall all plan is incomplete or inappropriate.

When reviewed as a whole, the overall proposal shows promise, but there are significant areas for improvement that must be addressed.  A revised or supplemental proposal must be submitted before the initiative can be approved.

When reviewed as a whole, the overall proposal meets expectations.  While there may be one or two weakness (lacks specificity, etc.), these weaknesses do not impact the overall quality of the initiative. Weaknesses should be addressed before the initiative is implemented.

All components of the proposal meet expectations and no weaknesses were identified. The initiative is ready for implementation.