Grant Review Management Cycle



Grant Review Management Cycle

QUESTION
Create a 2-3 page paper answering the following questions about how to evaluate the success of a grant funded program. This is part of the grant proposal.
What questions will the organization’s evaluation activities seek to answer?
What are the evaluation plans and time frames?
What kinds of data will be collected?
At what points?
Using what strategies or instruments?
Using what comparison group or baseline, if any?
If the intention is to study a sample of participants, how will this sample be selected?
What procedures will be used to determine whether the program was implemented as planned?
Who will conduct the evaluation?
Who will receive the results?
How does this program or project define success?
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Questions
The questions the organization’s evaluation’s activities would seek to answer would depend on the stakeholders. Funders would need to know the number of people the initiative served and if the program’s impact was intended (CCHD, n.d.). The staff, volunteers, and targets of change would need answers to the evaluation results to guide them in future decision-making processes regarding where their efforts are most needed. Researchers would need proof of any change in the interested population resulting from the program. The structural approach would also need to determine the ideal method for achieving optimum results.
Evaluation plans and time frames
Four distinct steps for developing an evaluation plan currently exist. The first is to clarify the objectives and goals of the program by identifying the main goals and how to achieve them (CCHD, n.d.). One can make a table of the program elements to identify all aspects and assign weight. The second would be to develop evaluation questions that assess planning and implementation, attainment of objectives, impact on the participants, and the impact on the community. The third would be to develop evaluation methods designed to address the questions. Evaluation methods have diverse areas they assess, and choosing one depends entirely on what the individual would like addressed. Common evaluation methods are the monitoring and feedback system, member surveys about initiatives, behavioral surveys, goal attainment reports, and community indicators impact.
Evaluation has no designated time, but the earlier one begins, the better the entire project because it would give an accurate picture of what the program has accomplished and set the tone for future projects. An outline with questions for each stage of development would suffice.
Data collected, times collected, and instruments.
There are three main types of data grant recipients required to have. Financial data before receiving any grants, including expenditure and services that the grant would fund, compliance information to show the organizations meet federal regulations to operate, and the project data to highlight the project’s impact on the community (International Survey Associates, 2017). Tools for financial data would include highly detailed budgetary information of expenses paid with federal funds, audits, and technical assistance. When the requirement is to demonstrate matching funds, organizations provide information regarding volunteer work hours and donations. Tools for compliance would be specific certificates showing compliance. Tools for the project’s impact would be through figures showing the reduction of the issue the project set out to address, the goal attainment report, and behavioral surveys.
Sample selection
Sample selection will depend on the number of participants to be included in the study, the measurable benefits included in the organization, the resources the organization has for implementing the intervention, and factors that pose potential barriers to achieving the desired goals of the intervention.
Program’s success
Each evaluation method has an ideal area it addresses, ergo specific data collected. The monitoring and feedback system gets data on member surveys at strategic times; during member survey goals done before the initiatives begin to collect data on what the stakeholders think the initiative will accomplish, during member surveys on processes to show how the members think the project is doing so far, and during outcome surveys to provide insight into what the initiative accomplished (CCHD, n.d.). The goal attainment report keeps track of what changes took place and at what time, providing valuable information. Behavioral surveys are done throughout the initiative’s progress and provide information regarding the changes that took place after the program’s implementation. Interviews with key stakeholders provide feedback regarding the progress, and community level indicators provide evident changes.
Evaluation, results, and program’s definition of success.
External contractors, internal auditors, and the stakeholders involved to gauge the progress at any developmental stage. The recipients of the results include all stakeholders, the funders, the researchers, and the target community. The definition of success will be based on how consistently the agency fulfills the mission through organizational operations. Success could also be based on meeting goals and objectives in each strategic plan (Oppelt, 2021). Success could also be measured by meeting the required standards of operation in the field. Ultimately, the success of any intervention would be based on presenting positive client outcomes as a result of the intervention by showing before and after intervention scenarios.  
References
CCHD. (n.d.). Chapter 36. Introduction to evaluation | Section 5. Developing an evaluation plan | Main section | Community tool box. Community Tool Box. https://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/evaluate/evaluation/evaluation-plan/main
International Survey Associates. (2017, November 20). Grant data collection & reporting requirements. Pride Surveys. https://www.pridesurveys.com/index.php/blog/grant-data-collection-reporting-requirements/
Oppelt, J. (2021, October 5). Grant writing: How do you measure success? Joanne Oppelt Consulting. https://www.joanneoppeltcourses.com/blog/grant-writing-how-do-you-measure-success

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