Mosaic Network, Inc. and the University of California Educational Evaluation Center (UCEC) are excited to co-sponsor the Mosaic–UCEC Innovative Evaluation Research Award (IERA) to encourage the use of evaluation research to improve the lives of families, individuals, and communities. The goal of the award is to support creative and innovative research aimed at making a difference in policy and practice. The IERA provides financial support to assist graduate students scheduled to present evaluation research at peer-reviewed conferences.
“UCEC and Mosaic both believe in supporting the future leaders in evaluation research,” says John T. Yun, Director of the UCEC. “Our goal with this award is to recognize UC graduate students who are presenting innovative research at professional conferences. These experiences offer the opportunity to network with and receive feedback from experienced scholars and practitioners.”
“Mosaic Network’s commitment to these awards follows our company’s vision to foster innovation in the field of human services by helping to bridge the gap between research and practice,” says Prashant Rajvaidya, President of Mosaic Network, Inc. “Our intent and hope is that through participation in these awards future leaders will be encouraged to be involved in and mindful of large-scale government and foundation initiatives, either through such projects on UC campuses or through the national and statewide initiatives that our company has been partnering with over the last decade.”
IERA applicants must be graduate students enrolled at any of the University of California campuses (Berkeley; Davis; Irvine; Los Angeles; Merced; Riverside; San Diego; San Francisco; Santa Barbara; and Santa Cruz). The applicant(s) must be presenting a paper or poster, or conducting a workshop/training, at a peer-reviewed conference. The work being presented must directly address at least one of the following: 1) the effective use of evaluation research to improve policy and/or practice; 2) the real-time use of data in evaluation efforts; and/or 3) the use of novel evaluation methods to improve program outcomes. Students can only receive one IERA per academic year.
The IERA provides individual or group applicants up to $800 to support the presentation of their work. These funds can be used for travel, lodging, and related conference costs.
For more information about the awards and to download the on-line application, see education.ucsb.edu/ucec/iera.html
Mosaic Network, Inc. is a leading provider of evaluation technology and services to the social service sector, including government agencies, NGOs and Community Based Organizations. The University of California Educational Evaluation Center utilizes the system-wide expertise of nationally-recognized scholars to address educational problems through the rigorous evaluation of potential solutions.
[John Yun is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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