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Session 3: Writing the proposal . Becky Bowers-Lanier, EdD , MSN, RN [email protected] This session’s outcomes. Use a logic model to organize the proposed project. Fit the proposal puzzle parts together into a cogent whole . Explore the components of an RFP.

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Session 3 writing the proposal

Session 3: Writing the proposal

Becky Bowers-Lanier, EdD, MSN, RN

[email protected]


This session s outcomes

This session’s outcomes

  • Use a logic model to organize the proposed project.

  • Fit the proposal puzzle parts together into a cogent whole.

  • Explore the components of an RFP


Logic model glossary of terms

Logic model glossary of terms

  • Activities

  • Assumptions

  • External factors

  • Goal (long-term objective or impact)

  • Impact

  • Inputs

  • Outcomes (objectives)

  • Outputs (deliverables)

  • Problem statement

  • Series of “if-then” relationships

  • SMART

    • Specific

    • Measurable

    • Action-oriented

    • Realistic

    • Timed


Assumptions

Assumptions

  • What do you know about the problem, the target population, the goal, and the activities that will influence the end-state?

    • Mission of the organization

    • Beliefs about change

    • Organizational culture


Begin with the intended end state and back up using if then thinking

Begin with the intended end-state and back up (using if-then thinking)

  • If your project is successful, what will be its impact?

  • Describe the outcomes you hope to achieve: if we do all of these things, will we have achieved the impact we are seeking?

  • Enumerate the outputs (deliverables) that will measure whether you have achieved your outcomes.

  • Design series of activities aimed at outcome achievement.


Elements influencing program achievement

Elements influencing program achievement

Inputs

  • Staff

  • Volunteers

  • Time

  • Money

  • Research

  • Equipment

  • Technology

  • Partners

External factors

  • Other stakeholders

  • Agency policies

  • Money

  • Unforeseen circumstances such as changes in organizational priorities, staffing, and so forth


The rfp

The RFP

  • Description of the applicant (that’s your organization)

  • Description of the project purpose

    • Goals and outcomes

    • Objectives

    • Activities

    • Deliverables

  • Plan for sustainability

  • Plan for evaluation

  • Plan for dissemination of outcomes

  • Project personnel

  • Budget


Sustainability

Sustainability

  • How will you keep the project going after the funding ceases? (catch 22: if you had the money to begin with, you wouldn’t be asking for it)

    • Are your stakeholders willing to help?

    • Revenue? Dues?

    • In-kind contributions?

  • You must say something about this.


Evaluation

Evaluation

  • Types

    • Context evaluation

    • Input evaluation

    • Process (formative) evaluation

    • Product or summative evaluation


Evaluation questions to be answered

Evaluation questions to be answered

  • Does the grantmaker require that a percentage of the grant funding be allocated to evaluation?

  • Is there are requirement for an external evaluator?

  • Will you be required to follow a certain evaluation model?

  • Hint: Look for key words that you will need to evaluate (deliverables, outputs, timeline, responsible persons, and so forth)


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