Notes on Library Evaluation for Grant Writers and Others Infopeople Webinar
I attended a webinar on the evaluation part of grant-writing today because although I don’t have the authority to apply for grants in my day job as a paraprofessional, I hope to apply for many over the course of my career as a librarian. And what better way to get grants accepted and funded than to know what the review board is thinking?
Library Evaluation for Grant Writers and Others Webinar
Presenter: Jennifer Sweeney
March 1, 2011
- Include project evaluation when planning your project
- Making sure it’s an integral part rather than an afterthought will make sure it gets done
- Formative: takes place during the course of project
- Progress report
- Funders like to hear how things are going during the course of the project
- Summative: takes place after project
- Logic modeling
- Turns your vision into specific, measurable goals
- Must include Resources (aka Inputs), Activities, Short-Term Outputs, Long-Term Outcomes
- Should have evaluation questions for EACH activity, including any necessary staff training
- Make it measurable
- “hard” data isn’t necessarily any more important than “soft” data; it just needs to answer the questions
- Have a data collection tool for each evaluation measure
- Evaluation tools
- Remember not to read too much into answers; respondents will answer only the question you give them
- General tips
- Take advantage of captive audiences by giving them short surveys
- Collect data to answer the most important questions you’re interested in
- Don’t need to report every detail of every finding, but do need to create statistics for each question
- Make sure to represent data accurately, e.g., “On average, respondents felt…”
- Share analysis with colleagues right away
- Did you miss anything important?
- Did you make any mistakes?
- Share accomplishments!
- Can get funders’ thoughts on proposal if study will be on controversial subject before submitting grant
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