Evaluation for Grantseekers: From Proposal to Reporting

Date: Oct 20, 2017
Time: 09:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
2314 University Ave. W., Suite 20, St. Paul

Fee: $50 for MCN members / $75 for nonmembers Register Now!

Many grantseekers know that an evaluation can be a powerful tool, both for creating compelling grant proposals and providing sound reporting. This fun and interactive session will provide participants with a framework for thinking about and including evaluation “at the front end” of the proposal process and using it for reporting at the end of the grant period.

Learning objectives for this session:

  • What to include in an evaluation plan for your grant proposal
  • How to set up evaluation so you can report on your program
  • How to use evaluation to track outcomes and indicate where to improve

Pre-work for this session: Please bring a grant proposal you are working on or that you have submitted. Participants will dig into these real-life examples throughout the session. Please note that we will be using the Minnesota Common Grant format for this exercise.

Principles & Practices

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is committed to offering training sessions that support the Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence. This workshop helps us achieve the following:

  • EVAL 4: An organization’s measurement systems should be practical and useful to improve ongoing processes, activities and results.
  • EVAL 5: Performance measures should be realistic and appropriate to the size and scope of the organization and those it serves.
  • EVAL 7: Performance measures should be specific and based on evidence gathered before, during and after program development and implementation.
  • EVAL 8: Measurements may include both qualitative and quantitative data.
  • LEAD 7: Nonprofit leaders should help the organization cope with multiple demands by focusing the organization’s attention on timely mission-relevant issues and opportunities.activities.

Event Details

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Refreshments: Coffee, tea and water will be provided.

Travel: Driving directions and transit options are available on MCN's website.

About the Presenter

Leah Goldstein MosesLeah Goldstein Moses is the C.E.O. of The Improve Group, a St. Paul-based, international firm focused on evaluation, research and strategic planning. She and her team have worked with hundreds of clients such as the Kennedy Center, the nation’s busiest arts facility which touches millions of people each year through performances and by nurturing new works of art; Mercy Corps, which works in over 100 countries and more than 16 million people each year; and Lutheran Social Services, Minnesota’s largest nonprofit social services organization. She has gathered knowledge from sixteen years helping nonprofits to measure and demonstrate impact, which in turn leads to improved services, innovation and increased ability to build support. She specializes in making evaluation meaningful, engaging, and even fun! Her audiences and her clients rave about her proven methods of taking information and data and simplifying it in such a way so that organizations can sustain impact, make clear decisions and raise funds easier. Hear Leah in a recent podcast on evaluation in philanthropy with the Minnesota Council on Foundations.

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