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Grant Resources Evaluation Guidelines

The Retirement Research Foundation promotes the use of evaluation as part of every RRF grant in order to:

  • Encourage applicants and grantees to become more effective learning organizations, gathering and systematically analyzing important client and program information about the nature, reach, quality, and efficiency of the services they provide
  • Enable the Foundation to better understand the value of the investments we make and the lessons that funded projects can teach us about how to invest our grant dollars more effectively in the future
  • Add to knowledge in the field about best practices in services for older adults by supporting, when appropriate, rigorous experimental or quasi-experimental outcome studies

RRF uses three categories of evaluation:

  • Implementation – Providing practical lessons that emerge from putting a new project into action
  • Process – Generating a blueprint of a program in action
  • Outcome – Determining if a program can improve one or more targeted results

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