When you need an evaluation consultant, you usually need one sooner rather than later. Your proposal narrative might require a high-level evaluation plan to be competitive. The report that’s due next month might require data analysis that’s beyond in-house capacity.
“Because program evaluation is an imperative of good management, and because grant proposals require a description of the program evaluation approach, nonprofit managers should establish a relationship with a well-suited evaluation consultant,” said Barbara Floersch, chief of training and curriculum of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “If you wait until you need one to look for one, you’re likely to end up with a less than optimal match.”
Before you begin contacting prospective consultants, be sure you’re clear on what you want from the relationship. “Having a professional evaluator as an arm’s-length member of your team will be a tremendous benefit to your organization,” said Floersch. “It’s worth the time it takes to find the right one.” © Copyright 2019 The Grantsmanship Center.
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