Many grantseekers know 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.
- 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 have submitted. Participants will dig into these real-life examples throughout the session. Please note we will be using the Minnesota Common Grant format for this exercise.
Refreshments: Coffee, tea, and a light snack will be provided.
Travel: Driving directions and transit options are available on MCN's website.
This session will be led by The Improve Group’s experts in evaluation capacity building. The Improve Group is a St. Paul-based, international consulting firm focused on research, evaluation, and strategic planning. For nearly 20 years The Improve Group’s consultants have been helping nonprofits measure and demonstrate impact, which in turn leads to improved services, innovation, and increased support. The Improve Group team has worked with hundreds of nonprofits and helped many of them build their internal capacity for designing and carrying out evaluations. With a team approach to developing training, The Improve Group draws 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.