Report Format for FGDC Standards Development Assistance Projects

NSDI Cooperative Agreements Program
Standards Development Assistance Project
Interim and Final Project Report Format

Keep the report short and to the point. All reports will be posted to the FGDC Web site.

Agreement Number:
Project title:
Indicate whether Interim or Final report
Name, Mailing Address, Web Address
Principal Investigator: Name, Telephone Number, Email Address
Collaborating Organizations: Organization Name, Contact Name, Mailing Address, Web Address

Executive Summary
Write a short paragraph (under 250 words) describing the key successes or outcomes of the project. Did the project serve to advance the standard to a milestone in the FGDC standards process?  How so? The interim report shall highlight anticipated outcomes and actual milestones.  The final report summary shall describe the project as completed.

Project Narrative
The interim report shall highlight anticipated outcomes and actual milestones.  The final report summary shall describe the project as completed.  Summarize the project activities. Include its accomplishments, successes, challenges, and collaboration activities, as appropriate. 
List the reviewers for the development of resources.  Were subject matter experts involved in review?  If testing is involved, list the audiences used for testing.
List major deviations from the original proposal and explain rationale.
Describe how challenges were identified and what steps were taken to overcome them.
For the final report, identify how the public can access the deliverables at no cost.
For the final report, identify completed activities and activities planned after the performance   and inform the community of the guidance resources.

If there are workshop events are please report these items:
a) Date of the workshop
b) Event – name of the venue hosting the workshop (e.g. Conference name),
c) Location of the workshop
d) Title of the workshop
e) Names of the attendees by: Federal bureau name, State agency name,
university/college and department name, etc.
f) Number of attendees
g) Outcome of the workshop

Photographs, graphics, or illustrations of the project in actionn are highly desirable. If available please include a few.

Next Steps:
Will the project activities continue after the award is closed?
What formal or informal organizational relationships were established to sustain activities beyond performance period?
Describe the next phase in your project.
Do you need FGDC assistance?
What requirements (more technical assistance, software, other?) do you have to continue project? What other areas need work?

Feedback on Cooperative Agreements Program (To be completed for the final report)
What are the CAP Program strengths and weaknesses?
Where did it make a difference?
Was the assistance you received sufficient or effective?
What would you recommend that the FGDC do differently?
Are there factors that are missing or are there additional needs that should be considered?
Are there program management concerns that need to be addressed, such as the time frame?
If you were to do the project again, what would you do differently?