The Faster Forward Fellowship (FFf) essay guidelines for 2015
(Please note these were essay guidelines for 2015! Also you must meet eligibility requirements and be a student at Claremont Graduate University.)
Your essay must be about the discipline of evaluation, or part of it, including evaluation as practiced in other disciplines than the usual application areas: program, product, policy, performance, personal, portfolio, proposal. The three criteria are as follows:
- An original suggestion with argumentation and documentation to support it, that is intended to improve the current theory or practice of evaluation, as it is applied in the usual fields (education, social sciences, business, health, etc.) or some other field which involves evaluation (e.g. sports, the arts, crafts, personal or public management, domestic or wild animals, water or drug purity, or anything else that someone evaluates or might evaluate). The importance of the topic, either academically or socially, is a sub-criterion of merit.
- Of equal importance with the topic above is the extent to which it represents “thinking outside the box” i.e. a new concept, point of view, important new field or application, etc.
- Although absence of this is not a deal breaker, there must be careful consideration of the impact of your idea or proposal on humans in extreme need whether economic, medical, educational, or respect, etc. In other word you don’t have to prove pay-off to this group, but you have to look for it and can earn points for noting your concept’s possible impacts in your essay.
(Please contact Dr. Scriven directly if you would like feedback on a proposed essay topic—this is encouraged.)
You may think that students with very little knowledge about the current discipline of evaluation are not in a good position to write such an essay. But all of you are in a position through your knowledge at this point in your life to do so because you know a lot about a number of topics which frequently involve evaluating some field of knowledge––and that’s all that you need to write about, plus a ton of smarts.
If you want to learn more about the business of evaluating evaluations which is what this fellowship requires you to write about you might look at either Nick Smith and Paul Brandon’s book, Fundamental Issues in Evaluation or Stewart Donaldson’s anthology, The Future of Evaluation. CGU students are also welcome to audit or take one of my seminars where the evaluation of evaluations will be discussed fairly extensively.
The Faster Forward Foundation which will ultimately be in charge of this fellowship is already funded to provide much more extensive support in this direction as well (see FFF grant guidelines and application). Competition for that support is open to all interested scholars interested in the field and hence considerably more competitive.
Questions, exemption requests, and submissions should be sent to Dr. Scriven by email with a heading line that begins “FFfellowship”.
The deadline has been extended from the previously announced December 24 at noon PST, to midnight PST on February 1, 2015.
The essays will be judged by the faculty teaching evaluation at CGU and the results will be announced and discussed at a public meeting early in the Spring semester.
Best of luck!