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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Preconference - Evaluation 101 for Grant Professionals

Start Date: 11/6/2019 1:00 PM EST
End Date: 11/6/2019 4:00 PM EST

Venue Name: Washington Hilton

Location:
1919 Connecticut Ave
Washington, DC  United States  20009

Organization Name: Grant Professionals Association

Contact:
GPA Staff
Email: staff@grantprofessionals.org
Phone: 913-788-3000

Evaluation is the systematic method for collecting, analyzing, and using the information to answer questions about projects, policies, and programs including the design of outcome measures. Evaluation 101 will be a ½ day pre-conference workshop. Through discussion and activities, participants will gain an understanding for program evaluation concepts. The workshop will discuss the importance of program evaluation with funded projects, selecting an evaluator, evaluation costing, and a 10-step evaluation planning framework that participants can use for program development and grant writing. Key workshop concepts include the following (GPC Competencies are noted in parentheses.)
Good Evaluation = Program sustainability. A well-executed evaluation provides formative feedback to program organizers for appropriate program and project design development (GPC Competency 2 & 4). Utilization-focused evaluation provides a clear understanding for what went right, wrong, or unexpected. Clear, succinct, and visually oriented reporting can be used for future grant design and development (GPC Competency 4 & 6).
Cost of Evaluation. This section of the workshop will dismiss the “rule of thumb” myth and provide concrete strategies for evaluation costing.
Selecting an Evaluator. Participants will learn how to identify an evaluator with appropriate qualifications and competencies.
Framework. A 10-step evaluation planning framework will be presented that will provide an understanding for how an evaluation may be developed as part of an effective grant application (GPC Competency 1). The steps include:

  1. Identifying program requirements
  2. Clarifying the intent of the program
  3. Developing draft program goals
  4. Adapting goals to be SMART
  5. Incorporating SMART Goals into a logic model
  6. Clarifying the purpose of the evaluation and developing useful evaluation questions
  7. Identifying the methodology
  8. Developing the timeline
  9. Estimating the activity
  10. Calculating a budget