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The 2010 User-Friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation


This handbook was developed to provide project directors and principal investigators working with the NSF with a basic guide for evaluating NSF's educational projects. It is aimed at people who need to learn more about both the value of evaluation and how to design and carry out an evaluation, rather than those who already have a solid base of experience in the field.
The handbook discusses quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods, suggesting ways in which they can be used as complements in an evaluation strategy. As a result of reading this handbook, principal investigators will increase their understanding of the evaluation process and NSF's requirements for evaluation, as well as gain knowledge that will help them to communicate with evaluators and obtain data that will help them improve their work.
This handbook draws on similar handbooks and tools developed for the NSF but special attention has been given to NSF's unique needs and experiences. Chapters 1 through 7 are updates of material included in earlier handbooks. Chapters 8 and 9 are new additions to this handbook focusing on rigorous project evaluation and the factors that contribute to it.