Improving Efficiencies: Assessing the Sponsored Research Operation
In today’s research environment there is heightened attention on reducing administrative burden and maintaining compliance by both increasing capacity and effectiveness of an institution’s sponsored research operation. This publication explores a number of approaches to conducting assessments and presents models for and considerations when incorporating these activities as a standard management practices. It describes and reviews various assessment mechanisms and ways to use them effectively. Many forms of assessment are possible with a modest investment of resources. It also provides a toolkit of assessment materials that are adaptable to a variety of sponsored programs operations.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 What Is Assessment?
Why Consider an Assessment Program?
What is an Assessment Program?
Designing an Assessment Program
Chapter 2 Preparing for Assessment
The Assessment Program
Chapter 3 Forms of Assessment
Self-Directed Assessment Activities
Externally Directed Assessment Activities
Chapter 4 Using Focus Groups for Assessment
Chapter 5 Using Surveys for Assessment
Chapter 6 Using Metrics for Assessment
Chapter 7 Using Self-Audits for Assessment
Chapter 8 Using Self-Studies for Assessment
Focus and Content
Chapter 9 Using External Evaluations for Assessment
Setting Up the External Evaluation
Organizing for and Conducting the Evaluation
Recommendations and Developing Action Plans
Chapter 10 Using Quality Improvement Programs for Assessment
Chapter 11 Responding to Assessment Results
Developing an Assessment-Management Cycle
Chapter 12 Conclusion
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