peer review example

Hi again, this is the peer review assignment that goes along with the Problem Statement assignment I just posted. I think the structure works well – it gives them tangible things to look for/comment on, and helps familiarize themselves with a rubric (which is critically important in grant writing), but what I haven’t done much of yet in this assignment is tell them what a good peer review looks like. I welcome your ideas about this. I could consider posting an example of an effective peer review for them and we could discuss that in class. Thoughts?

Problem Statement:  Peer Review


Pretend that you are a grant reviewer for the Oregon Community Foundation. Revisit the Oregon Community Foundation website to help you get into this mindset. This will help you gauge the extent to which the consequences of the problem is concerning – from the perspective of the Oregon Community Foundation.

Review & score the problem statement as if this is the first part of a full grant proposal you have just received. Your peers’ grade will not be affected by your peer review. This is simply a learning opportunity for you both.

Steps to take:

  1. Make constructive comments directly on your peer’s hard copy document, using the peer review form as a guide. Return hard copy to your peer. Explain your comments verbally, as appropriate.
  2. Fill out this peer review form as well. Upload it into the peer review assignment. Also, email it back to your peer (get your peer’s email address).

Author’s name:                                                                   Reviewer’s name:                               


Content/Development (15 points)

Points (circle)
Does the writing of the Problem Statement convince you that the problem is prevalent, the consequences of the problem are concerning, and the causes are clearly delineated? 0 1 2 3 4 5
Has the author used appropriate examples, facts, or other supporting material to document and reinforce the main points in the problem statement?

Are sources primarily paraphrased rather than quoted?

0 1 2 3 4 5
Does the Problem Statement cite at least 9 sources total?

At least 5 original peer-reviewed research articles?

Additional sources, such as reports, policy briefs, statistics from original sources online (e.g., U.S. Census tables), etc.?

0 1 2 3 4 5
Total points for Content/Development:                                            out of 15

Summarize your suggestions to strengthen the Content/Development, based on criteria above.




Organization (10 points)

Points (circle)
Follows the organization articulated in the assignment (problem/prevalence, consequences, causes)?

Does each part of the problem statement flow logically from the preceding part (e.g., use transitional words and phrases to guide the reader paragraph-by-paragraph)?

0 1 2 3 4 5
Does each paragraph include a central idea, backed up with supporting evidence (within that paragraph)?

Is information presented logically within each paragraph?

0 1 2 3 4 5
Total points for Organization:                                            out of 10

Suggestions to strengthen the Organization, based on criteria above:

(you can leave comments here if you have trouble leaving them directly in Canvas)







Tone (2 points)

Points (circle)
Is the tone appropriate for the intended audience (e.g., formal and professional)?

Is appropriate grammar and punctuation evident?



1 2

Suggestions to strengthen the Tone, based on criteria above:

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Format (3 points)

Points (circle)
Is the problem statement written with correct APA format citations? Are secondary citations avoided 0 1 2 3
Does the assignment include an accurate Reference List? 0 1 2 3
Is the Problem Statement approximately 2.5-3 pages, double-spaced, with about 3 paragraphs for each of the three sections? 0 1 2 3

Suggestions to strengthen the Format, based on criteria above:

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