grantmaking

Achieving Greater Impact By Starting with Learning by Andrew Taylor and Ben Liadsky

Hi, we are Andrew Taylor and Ben Liadsky from Taylor Newberry Consulting. We’d like to share with you our research on learning cultures and how grantmakers can build learning relationships with their grant recipients beginning at the grant application stage. Rad Resource: Achieving Greater Impact by Starting with Learning explores strategies that grantmakers can use …

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Lily Zandniapour and Nicole Vicinanza on The Social Innovation Fund Evaluation Plan Guidance Document: A Tool for Building Shared Understanding of Rigorous Impact Evaluation Designs

Greetings! We are Lily Zandniapour of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and Nicole Vicinanza of JBS International.   We work together with our colleagues at CNCS and JBS to review and monitor the evaluation plans developed and implemented by programs participating in the CNCS Social Innovation Fund (SIF).   The SIF is one of …

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APC TIG Week: Kat Athanasiades and Veena Pankaj on Small Picture, Big Picture: Using the Framework for Public Policy Advocacy in a Large-Scale Advocacy Campaign

Hello evaluation world! We are Kat Athanasiades and Veena Pankaj from Innovation Network. This might sound familiar: you are given hundreds of pages of grant documents to make sense of. You are left wondering, “Where do I start?” We were recently tasked with guiding evaluation for a funder’s national advocacy campaign, and had to make …

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Nicole Bowman on Essential Strategies for Success in the Grant Money Game: Hot Tips for Grant Writing

My name is Nicky Bowman and I am the President of Bowman Performance Consulting (BPC) BPC is a nationally award winning grant writing and scientific consulting firm.  I’ve not only written grants but more importantly I’ve WON them for clients. I’m so happy to share some lessons learned, quick tips, and resources with you so …

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Sara Plachta Elliott on Sparking Collective Learning

Hi, I’m Sara Plachta Elliott, Evaluation Fellow at the Skillman Foundation in Detroit, Michigan, through a grant to Brandeis University’s Center for Youth and Communities. As an Evaluation Fellow, I work with Foundation staff to create learning opportunities that inform the work of improving school and neighborhood conditions for Detroit’s kids.In 2010, Brandeis conducted a …

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Harold Sharpman on Learning About Evaluation and Grantmaking

My name is Harold Sharpman and while I am an experienced evaluator, my work had been in the private sector and I am not familiar with being part of the granting process – from applying to participating on a grant as an evaluator. I hope to work more with foundations evaluating their grantmaking and in …

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NPF Week: Bickel, Iriti & Meredith on a Learning Protocol for Learning From Grantmaking

Hello. We are Bill Bickel, Jennifer Iriti, and Julie Meredith. We make up the optimistically named Evaluation for Learning Project (EFL) at the Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh. We are writing to share a recent experience we had working with a small, regional foundation interested in learning more from its grant making …

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