Program Evaluation and Educational Research Group (PEER), is an approved service center at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Since it was first established in 2003, the group has successfully evaluated over $50 million in sponsored grant programs. The mission of PEER is to provide cost-effective program evaluation and related educational research and reporting services to community agency programs and other sponsored programs being conducted both within and outside UCF. PEER has strong experience in planning, directing, and conducting evaluation; the development of surveys and test assessments; producing training materials; and the analysis of outcome measures. This along with formal academic training and years of experience in evaluation, research design, and assessment, make PEER particularly well suited to meet program requirements for project evaluation.
PEER's proposed budget is written to be appropriate based on the sponsor's requirements, the statement of work, and the effort needed to answer the evaluation questions and/or show how well the project meets its intended outcomes. Historically, evaluation costs have ranged from 3% of the overall budget for an outcome evaluation, to up to 15% for more rigorous evaluations. Specific amounts are negotiated based on the estimated costs. PEER often gets involved in developing an evaluation plan at the proposal stage so that the agreed upon work plan can be included in the client's grant proposal.