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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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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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