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Winning Grants Step by Step: The Complete Workbook for Planning, Developing and Writing Successful Proposals, 4th Edition by Tori O'Neal-McElrath

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Step 6

Preparing the Evaluation Component

EVERYTHING COMPLETED UP TO THIS POINT in the development of the organization’s proposal (problem statement, goals, objectives, and methods) naturally leads to this component, as evaluation answers critical questions that both the organization and the funder have, such as

  • Was the program successful?
  • Did it do what it was designed to do?
  • What impact did the program have on the community or target population?
  • What did the organization learn from this experience that can be leveraged?
  • What didn’t work—and why or why not?
  • What’s different in the community or the lives of those targeted as a result of the program?

Just as the preparation of the goals, objectives, and methods required clarity, focus, and strategy, ...

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