No. You are not required to use the Evaluation Reporting Tool as part of your project evaluation. But it may be a useful tool to help you measure progress throughout the project. PCORI would like awardees to:
- Design the project with evaluation in mind
- Collect data on an ongoing basis
- Use these data to improve the project on an ongoing basis
Keep this tool in mind as you start your project. This will make evaluation a part of your project, so that it is not thrown together quickly at the end.