I am saddened to report the passing yesterday of Rebecca Vermillion Shawver, editor of CharityChannel’s Grants and Foundations Review and contributor of a trove of tell-it-like-it-is articles on grantsmanship. Becki had been bravely battling brain cancer.
The end of your evaluation doesn’t mean that your evaluation stops being valuable. Sharing your results raises awareness of your project and your organization.
It may sound obvious, but many evaluations are not as useful as they could be because their methods don’t fit their purpose. Let’s look at a list of strengths of six frequently used evaluation methods, to help you determine which methods might be right for you.
The Shelf. Also known as the final resting place or “the graveyard” for many articles, reports, and important documents. Some of these items have been used to help shape a program once or twice, if they’re lucky. Many, having been abandoned without anybody ever looking at or learning from them, are lost in the great […]
Nonprofit program evaluation is like a computer —garbage in, garbage out . For you to get useful answers, you must input the information from useful questions.
Goodwin Deacon, a master grantwriter, and Ken Ristine, a senior program officer with decades of experience, have teamed up to take us into the mind of the grantmaker and provide a step-by-step guide to crafting a proposal that is simply irresistible. Grantsmanship for the GENIUS gives us an insider’s perspective perspective of the funder—whether a […]
For your evaluation to get you results that you can use to paint the “true picture” and make a meaningful difference in people’s lives, it also needs to include the outcomes that matter to all stakeholders.
Let’s talk about the new compliance checklist for National Science Foundation grants.
A lot of people think of program evaluation as being about measurement and data. Measurement may be a very important part of evaluation, but it’s just one of several parts of an effective evaluation—one that gets you information that you can use to strengthen and grow your program and increase your positive impact. In this […]
Let’s be honest. Grant professionals can secure grant awards without a grant team in place. But it’s much more difficult and ultimately can result in implementation problems. We simply cannot be successful in the long term if we have to work in a silo or vacuum, as an island, or any other analogy that comes […]