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Evaluation Criteria

The criteria below are used by the Grant Review Committee to assess the quality of the proposed project. Each item is evaluated on a scale of 1 to 3 (1 is lowest and 3 is highest) with a space for additional comments.

Core Evaluation Criteria

  • The project translates or develops the student’s scholarly and/or pedagogical work by bringing it to a public audience and/or community context.
  • The project demonstrates collaborative practice and an equitable distribution of labor. Good collaborative practice includes:
    • Outlining clear lines of communication
    • Suitable distribution of responsibility
    • Articulating mutual benefit(s) to all parties in the collaboration
  • Quality and salience of the project’s benefits to the student(s) beyond advancing their dissertation research.
  • Quality and salience of the project’s benefits to the community partner(s), including the extent to which the project addresses a community-identified need.
  • Will the project result in the creation of a new public cultural good or service?
  • Is the budget feasible and reasonable?

Will the project result in the creation of a new public cultural good or service?

Public good is evaluated according to:

  • Plan for sustainability beyond the life of the grant
  • Plan for engaging the widest possible public (for example, how you will advertise, engage stakeholders and disseminate impact)
  • Reflection on potential contributions to public/community policy or influence upon professional practice
  • Models that enrich the artistic and cultural life of the community
  • Clear evaluation plan with commitments from partners and/or peers to assess the significance of the public good generated by the project?

Is the budget feasible and reasonable?

Allowable for expenses are as follows:

  • Student stipends can be requested up to $20 per hour
  • Community partner honorariums for organizational costs associated with the project
  • Transportation, research material, supplies, documentation, publication, production of public good(s) such as performances or exhibitions, etcetera.

Public Scholarship Grants

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