Librarian's Handbook for Seeking, Writing, and Managing Grants

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CHAPTER 5
Project Evaluation

The primary focus of the evaluation section is to explain the data collection methods and instruments that will be used to monitor and evaluate the project. The data collected as part of the project will be valuable in the process to determine the success in achieving the project goal and objectives. Through a well-designed evaluation, the library can provide accountability to the grantor that the funds were a prudent investment. The library administrators and project staff can determine how well the project has been implemented, and the degree to which it delivered services and programs to the target population.

Monitoring progress as the activities are implemented enables the project team to detect problems and concerns quickly so that they can make appropriate changes. Projects rarely operate as the grant team envisions them. Sometimes the planning results in a smooth project startup with minimal problems. The project team can work with collaborating partners to launch the project activities according to the timeline outlined in the proposal. In other situations, the project team encounters setbacks, obstacles, and challenges that delay all of the planned activities. When the project is delayed, the Principal Investigator and team members have an opportunity to review the project plan to determine whether the reallocation of funds can resolve problems and allow the implementation to move forward. Regular monitoring and evaluation empowers the project team so that they can be aware of shifting circumstances, respond to them, and ensure a successful project.

Evaluation activities take two distinct yet related forms. Each evaluation component is necessary in order to secure optimal outcomes and impacts

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface xi
  • Introduction xv
  • Part 1 - Grant Development 1
  • Chapter 1 - Planning- The Core of Proposal Development 3
  • Chapter 2 - Project Design 41
  • Chapter 3 - Project Narrative 65
  • Chapter 4 - Project Personnel 85
  • Chapter 5 - Project Evaluation 101
  • Chapter 6 - Budget Development 141
  • Chapter 7 - Appendices 167
  • Part 2 - Implementation and Management 183
  • Chapter 8 - After the Proposal 185
  • Chapter 9 - Implementing the Project 195
  • Chapter 10 - Managing the Project Day-to-Day 225
  • Chapter 11 - Project Accountability 253
  • Chapter 12 - Project Closeout 289
  • Glossary of Grant Terms 291
  • Bibliography 299
  • Index 305
  • About the Authors 315
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