The next step is for CBC to evaluate various music-based program providers to determine possible programs, personnel, supplies, and budgets needed to accomplish the project. CBC selects the most qualified music-based provider(s) and invites them to become a part of the project coalition formed to accomplish the project goals. Finding the most suitable music-based program can take anywhere from three to six weeks to accomplish.
During this phase, CBC conducts meetings with both the caregiver and the proposed music provider. Over time, we help these two parties sort out and agree to all of the details, including goals, responsibilities, time frames, costs, and so on, of the proposed project. We incorporate these details into the coalition Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The process of finalizing this MOU may take several months to complete.
Our work in developing MOUs for coalition projects is unique because we build a formal research component into the proposal. This is extremely important to us because our goal is not simply to connect young children to music-based programs but to do so in meaningful and effective ways. We believe that conducting formative and summative evaluations in relation to each coalition project will enhance the likelihood of careful implementation and promote the dissemination of knowing "what works and what doesn't" among caregivers, music providers and funding representatives on future projects. Formative and summative evaluation reports are provided to all project funders and site personnel.