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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2016

Evaluation of State Education Programs
Fund Code: 109

Purpose: The purpose of this grant program is to evaluate the implementation, impact, costs and benefits of programs funded by the Massachusetts state legislature.
Priorities: Priority will be given to responses that propose to study the following programs, which have readily available data on program participation, outcomes, and costs:
  • Academic support (remediation in literacy, mathematics, and science for students at risk of not graduating from high school)
  • Educator preparation and licensure
Details on these programs are available in the additional guidelines for this RFP. Instructions about the submission requirements can be found in Part III - Required Program Information. Proposals to evaluate other state-funded programs will also be considered, so long as they include analyses of the six required areas.

Proposed research projects must analyze the following six areas:
  1. The quantifiable effect of the program on the population enrolled in the program
  2. Fidelity of program implementation
  3. An estimate of the cost to the Commonwealth of the education problem being addressed through the program
  4. A comparison of the cost of the program and the estimated short-term and long-term benefits received by program recipients through the program
  5. Data limitations in estimating the effect of the program
  6. Recommendations for further study
Priority will be given to bidding organizations located within or have a significant operational presence in Massachusetts.

Organizations that receive awards will be required to report twice per year to the House and Senate Committees on Ways and Means on the status and preliminary results of the evaluation and on any obstacles encountered in access to data or other information that is negatively affecting the completion of the study.
Eligibility: Public and private higher education institutions and non-profit independent research organizations are eligible to apply. Applicants must demonstrate substantial expertise conducting evaluations of federal, state, or local education programs.
Funding: A total of $300,000 is available through this research grant program. We expect that no single proposed evaluation will receive more than $150,000 of the available funds. However, final grant recipients and awarded amounts will be based on the quality of the proposed evaluations and the amount of funds available. ESE reserves the right to award more or less money as funds are available. ESE also reserves the right to fund only one project or to fund more than one project, depending on the quality of the proposals submitted. Awards must be spent during fiscal years 2016 and 2017 (through June 30, 2017). Per the legislative language, no single entity may receive more than $150,000 of this funding.
Fund Use: Funds must be used to support the costs of conducting the proposed research.
Project Duration: Upon Approval to June 30, 2017
Program Unit: Office of Planning and Research
Contact: Kendra Winner
Phone Number: All inquiries should be submitted to kwinner@doe.mass.edu.
Date Due: Friday, October 30, 2015

Proposals must be received at the Department by 4:00 p.m. on the date due.
Required Forms:
Download Excel Document
Standard Contract and Budget Forms
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Required Program Information
Additional Information:
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Additional Guidelines and Background Information for the RFP
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Proposal Evaluation Scorecard
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Researcher's Guide to ESE Data
Submission Instructions: Submit six hard copy sets and of the requested documents with the required signatures as well as six flash drives with electronic versions that meet state and federal disability access requirements to ESE by 4:00 PM on Friday, October 30, 2015.

Mail to:
Kendra Winner
Office of Planning and Research
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906



Last Updated: September 24, 2015
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