Guidelines for Working with Third-Party Evaluators

OSEP to Host National Summit on Attract, Prepare, Retain on October 27-29, 2020

The 2020 OSEP Summit is an opportunity to bring together various stakeholders to explore potential strategies and innovative approaches to address this critical need. The virtual event will be held over three days and participants may register for each event individually or attend all three.  Additional information and registration can be found on the 2020 OSEP Summit Webpage.

Organization:
Westat

Are you looking for a third-party project evaluator? Find out what to look for, why you need a third-party evaluator and how to plan for their work with your project.

This Exploration/Application webinar focuses on identifying evaluation needs, finding and hiring, as well as monitoring and managing evaluation progress. The presenters offer guidelines and demonstrations of how to create a third-party evaluation scope of work, and explain how to use it to design a Request for Proposals and contract for the third-party evaluator. 

The accompanying “Guidelines for Working with Third-Party Evaluators” document is designed to assist grantees and their OSEP Project Officers in planning for, finding and hiring, and working with third-party evaluators to design, implement, and complete a project evaluation. The TA product presents a discussion of the benefits, drawbacks, and limitations of using a third-party evaluator and practical guidelines for creating a third-party evaluation scope of work, developing a Request for Proposals, soliciting bids for and contracting with a third-party evaluator, and monitoring and managing the work of the third-party evaluator. Throughout, the authors provide ideas, tips, strategies, and suggestions grantees may find useful to make the most of an evaluation that incorporates a third-party evaluator.