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Budget Summary FY2016

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70100050 - Program Evaluation
Data Current as of:  8/19/2015

Account Description FY2015
7010-0050 Program Evaluation
For an education evaluation grant program to evaluate programs at the department of elementary and secondary education, including literacy programs; provided, that the department of elementary and secondary education shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means 30 days before issuing a request for proposal for this program to detail the grant selection criteria; provided further, that grant recipients shall be selected through a competitive grant process; provided further, that successful proposals shall: (i) demonstrate substantial experience conducting evaluations of federal, state or local education programs; (ii) focus on the evaluation of a state-funded department of elementary and secondary education program that may include, but shall not be limited to, success after high school programs, curriculum, instruction and assessment programs, data and technology use and educator quality programs; (iii) identify the state administrative datasets that shall be used; and (iv) propose an evaluation that shall be completed not later than 24 months after the grant is awarded; provided further, that the evaluation shall analyze and examine the following areas of policy relevance: (a) the quantifiable effect of the program on the population enrolled in the program; (b) an estimate of the cost to the commonwealth of the education problem being addressed through the program; (c) a comparison of the cost of the program and the estimated short-term and long-term benefits received by program recipients through the program; (d) data limitations in estimating the effect of the program; (e) recommendations for further study; and (f) fidelity of the program during implementation of the program to a broader population; provided further, that in awarding grants, priority shall be given to organizations located within the commonwealth; provided further, that not more than 50 per cent of the amount appropriated in this item shall be granted to any 1 organization; provided further, that the request for proposals shall be issued not later than September 15, 2015; provided further, that the department of elementary and secondary education, the executive office of education, the department of early education and care, the department of higher education and other relevant state agencies shall work with grant recipients funded through this item as necessary to provide secure access to state collected data that is necessary for the evaluations; provided further, that organizations receiving funds through this item shall report biannually to the house and senate committees on ways and means, the joint committee on education and the joint committee on higher education on: (1) the status and preliminary results of evaluations funded through this item; and (2) any obstacles encountered in access to data or other information that is negatively affecting the completion of the study; and provided further, that any unexpended funds appropriated for this item in fiscal year 2016 shall not revert but shall be made available for the purposes of this item until June 30, 2017
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