Why partner with a third-party evaluator?

  • We are an objective, unbiased system outsider. Think of us as your critical friend, the one you rely on when you need truthful feedback.
  • We bring technical evaluation and research expertise and experience.
  • As an outsider, we help you make smarter decisions by overcoming natural human cognitive biases such as the need to sometimes accept sunk costs, recognize over-confidence bias, overcome confirmation bias, eliminate hindsight bias, and to check egocentrism bias.
  • We do all the heavy-lifting and day-to-day activities required for sound evaluation, ensure your internal staff is free to focus on program implementation and other critical issues.
  • The evaluation plan should be part of your funding proposal. It’s never too early to bring in your evaluator.
  • We are not afraid of your big data! We work with all types of stakeholders to coordinate, manage, and collect all cross-functional data and evaluation activities.
  • We build and manage to your custom project plan.


How Are Third-Party Evaluations Funded?

Evaluations can be funded through a school district, nonprofit organizations, community/employer/industry partners, Perkins Grant funds, Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs), and other youth and workforce-based grants.


What’s the typical budget for a third-party evaluation?

Evaluation funding should not be an after-thought. Sound evaluation findings will drive substantial future funding and leverage funding efforts. It is wise to build an evaluation into every program. A general rule of thumb is at least 10%-20% of the program budget should be allocated to evaluation. However, more is generally invested for programs that are designed to drive future policy and legislation.

At Assay|Edu, each project is custom and requires scoping of the evaluation plan, data collection strategies, data analyses required, and desired reporting/socialization. Contact us to learn more about building a budget for your evaluation.