ERIC Number: ED176058
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
Quantity Vs. Quality in Research Proposals: An Empirical Justitication for Limiting the Length of USOE Grant Applications.
Spetz, Sally H.
A study analyzed vocational education research applications submitted to the U.S. Office of Education for potential funding in fiscal year 1975 to determine if there is a point of diminishing returns in quality as the number of pages in a research proposal or application are increased. A total of 353 applications were used to explore the relationship between proposal length and quality. Proposal length was determined by three measures: (1) the sum of pages devoted to objectives and need, results and benefits, and the approach; (2) the total program narrative, including (1) above; and (3) the total page count in the application. Proposal quality was determined by mean evaluator rating of the applications. Proposals were evaluated on such criteria as addressed priority area, need and problems, objectives, plan, results, personnel, institutional commitment, and budget. The results of regression analyses indicate that the number of pages in a research application is, up to a point, positively related to the evaluator rating of the application. After that point, the addition of further pages does not add to quality and, in fact, diminishes the proposal's rating. Based on the findings, the study concludes that a proposal's rating ceases to increase when the total length exceeds 132 pages. (LRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Occupational and Adult Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Conserva, Inc., Raleigh, NC.
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