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SELECTION CRITERIA

The following selection criteria are used to evaluate applications for grants under this competition. The maximum score for all of these criteria is 100 points. The maximum score for each criterion or factor under that criterion is indicated in parentheses.

1. Need for the Project (20 points)

In determining the need for the proposed project, the following factors are considered:

a) The magnitude of the need for the services to be provided or the activities to be carried out by the proposed project. (20 points)

NOTE: Under this criteria, we will look for a clear and convincing demonstration of the applicant's need for services. Applicants should describe the traumatic event that occurred in their school/community and provide quantitative and qualitative data about the impact the event has had on the school community.

2. Quality of the Project Design (25 points)

In determining the quality of the project design, the following factors are considered:

a) The extent to which the design of the proposed project is appropriate to, and will successfully address, the needs of the target population or other identified needs. (15 points)

NOTE: Under this criteria, we will look for the applicant's approach to addressing the recovery needs of the school community. Applicants should propose a project design that focuses on restoring the learning environment and responding to the specific recovery needs of the school community, including students, staff, and families. Activities should be directly related to recovery efforts and should not include prevention programs or other prevention-related activities.

b) The extent to which the design of the proposed project reflects up-to-date knowledge from research and effective practice. (10 points)

NOTE: Under this criteria, we will look for the applicant's use of research-based and effective practices related to recovery from traumatic events. Applicants should reference the research basis used for the project design.

3. Quality of Project Services (30 points)

In determining the quality of the services to be provided by the proposed project, the following factors are considered:

a) The likely impact of the services to be provided by the proposed project on the intended recipients of those services. (15 points)

NOTE: Under this criteria, we will look for the applicant's intended outcomes related to ensuring the restoration of the learning environment and addressing the recovery needs of the school community.

b) The extent to which the services to be provided by the proposed project involve the collaboration of appropriate partners for maximizing the effectiveness of project services. (15 points)

NOTE: Under this criteria, we will look for the applicant's coordination with local community partners, such as the local mental health agency, local law enforcement, other school districts or higher education institutions, etc., in the delivery and implementation of services.

4. Adequacy of Resources (10 points)

In determining the adequacy of resources, the following factors are considered:

a)The adequacy of support, including facilities, equipment, supplies, and other resources, from the applicant organization or the lead organization. (10 points)

NOTE: Under this criteria, we will look for the applicant's demonstrated commitment to the project through the provision of resources, such as staff, facilities, and leadership support.

5. Quality of the Management Plan (15 points)

In determining the quality of the management plan, the following factors are considered:

a) The adequacy of the management plan to achieve the objectives of the proposed project on time and within budget, including clearly defined responsibilities, timelines, and milestones for accomplishing project tasks. (10 points)

NOTE: Under this criteria, we will look for the applicants plan to manage the implementation of the various project components. Applicants should include a detailed project timeline in this section that outlines each key activity, the persons responsible for meeting the intended outcome, and the intended completion date.

b) The extent to which the time commitments of the project director and principal investigator and other key project personnel are appropriate and adequate to meet the objectives of the proposed project. (5 points)

NOTE: Under this criteria, we will look for the applicant's plan to ensure that the project has adequate staffing support needed to carry out the project activities and that the time commitment for the assigned project director is appropriate to oversee, and implement, the project.


 
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Last Modified: 03/16/2012