Grant Writing

Grant Proposal Process

An opportunity to enhance my knowledge of program evaluation and assessment techniques for use in grant proposal writing presented itself to me during my tenure as a Rochester City School District (RCSD) teacher. I was asked by the Supervising Director of the Department of Workforce Preparation to participate in a basic evaluation training course led by the Rochester Effectiveness Partnership (REP). REP is a self-governing partnership of funders, non-profit service provider organizations and evaluation professionals committed to increasing knowledge and use of participatory program evaluation through comprehensive training and guided evaluation projects. According to the Bruner Foundation, program evaluation involves a thoughtful, systematic collection and analysis of information about the activities, characteristics and outcomes of programs, for use by specific people, to reduce uncertainties, improve effectiveness, and make decisions regarding those programs. The participatory component of evaluation contributes the added dimension of trained evaluation personnel and practice-based decision makers working in partnership to design, conduct, and use the results of program evaluation. The likelihood of grant proposals being funded improves when program goals, objectives and activities are tied to effective evaluation methods.

Participatory evaluation techniques are comprised of both qualitative methods (observations, interviews) and quantitative methods (surveys, statistical analyses of practical assessments), which can be collected and analyzed rigorously. I was trained to construct and assess program logic models, collect and use evaluation data through the methods of record review, survey design, administration and analysis, interviews and observations. Two researchers from Action for a Better Community worked in partnership with an RCSD Central Office administrator and me to design and implement a comprehensive evaluation of an Adult Basic Education (ABE) program.

See Link to Logic Model in the Rochester Grantmakers Forum Common Application Form.