Evaluation for Grantseekers: From Proposal to Reporting

Date: Mar 12, 2019
Time: 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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

Fee: $50 for MCN members / $85 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. We will explore interpreting funder requirements, touch on the components of an evaluation plan, and discover the needs of the various stakeholders once you are implementing your grant.

Learning objectives for this session:

  • Learn what to include in an evaluation plan for your grant proposal
  • Learn how to set up evaluation so you can report on your program
  • Learn 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

Refreshments: Coffee, tea and a light snack will be provided.

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

About the Presenters

This session will be led by The Improve Group’s experts in evaluation capacity building and guided by Leah Goldstein Moses, founder and CEO. The Improve Group is a St. Paul-based, international consulting firm focused on research, evaluation, and strategic planning. The Improve Group team has worked with hundreds of nonprofits, including building the capacity for evaluation with many of these clients. For nearly 20 years they have been helping nonprofits measure and demonstrate impact, which in turn leads to improved services, innovation and increased ability to build support. The team is keen at making evaluation meaningful, engaging and fun! With a team approach to training, The Improve Group is able to drawn on a broad range of on-the-ground experiences, providing participants applicable tips and examples of why and how to conduct evaluations in their organizations.

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