Getting Funded

GETTING FUNDED: Plan, Write & Submit

PART THREE – Plan, Write & Submit Competitive Grant Proposals

CHAPTER ELEVEN: Designing an Evaluation Plan

Resource Links

When, Why and How to Use Evaluation

Writing the Evaluation Section of a Grant Proposal

Improving Attendance and Retention in Out-of-School Time

Measurement Tools for Evaluating Out-of-School Time Programs: An Evaluation Resource

Designing Initiative Evaluation
A Systems-oriented Framework for Evaluating Social Change Efforts
from W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Organizational Research Services 
This website offers a free downloadable version of Jane Reisman and Judith Clegg’s original book, Outcomes for Success! as well as many other helpful publications.

Council on Foundations
The Council on Foundations hosts an online evaluation network that offers resources. Search the website for “evaluation” for a list of documents. While intended for grantmakers, the publication, Evaluating Impact for Small Foundation: Useful Evaluation Terms, Tools & Resources can help grantseekers understand how funders view the evaluation process.

Tools and Resources for Assessing Social Impact (TRASI)
A database produced by the Foundation Center in partnership with McKinsey & Company with input from experts in the field on approaches to impact assessment, guidelines for creating and conducting an assessment, and tools for measuring social change.

The Evaluation Exchange
A periodical on emerging strategies in evaluating child and family services. It is published by the Harvard Family Research Project, part of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and subscriptions are free.

Foundation Center Tutorial

Writing the Evaluation

Impact Measurement Working Group

You Get What You Measure


“Data Collection Instruments for Evaluating Family Involvement.” Helen Westmoreland, Suzanne Bouffard, Kelley O’Carroll, and Heidi Rosenberg. FINE Newsletter, Volume I, Issue (Issue Topic: Family Involvement Policy) 2009. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Family Research Project. Available for free download.

Designing Initiative Evaluation: A Systems-Oriented Framework for Evaluating Social Change Efforts. Battle Creek, MI: W.K. Kellogg Foundation, 2007Available for free download.

Designing Projects and Project Evaluations Using the Logical Framework Approach. Bill Jackson, a paper written for the IUCN (World Conservation Union) Monitoring and Evaluation Initiative, 1997.

Effective Grant Writing and Program Evaluation for Human Service Professionals. Francis K. O. Yuen, Kenneth L. Terao, and Anna Marie Schmidt. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2009.
The End of Fundraising: Raise More Money by Selling Your Impact. Jason Saul. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011.

Evaluation: A Systematic Approach. 7th ed. Peter H.Rossi, Mark W. Lipsey, and Howard E. Freeman. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2004.

Grantwriting Beyond the Basics, Book 3: Successful Program Evaluation. Michael K. Wells. Portland, OR: Portland State University Continuing Education Press, 2007.

Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation. 3rd ed. Joseph S. Wholey, Harry P. Hatry, and Kathryn E. Newcomer. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010.

Nonprofits and Evaluation: New Directions for Evaluation, No. 119. Joanne G. Carman, Kimberly A. Fredericks, eds. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008.

Mission Impact: Breakthrough Strategies for Nonprofits. Robert M. Sheehan, Jr. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2010.

Outcomes for Success! Jane Reisman and Judith Clegg. Seattle: The Evaluation Forum, 2000. This is an expanded edition of the original Outcomes for Success! series, which introduces readers to outcome-based evaluation, walking them through how to develop outcomes.

Outcome Funding: A New Approach to Targeted Grantmaking. 3rd ed. Harold S. Williams, Arthur Y. Webb, and William J. Phillips. Rensselaerville, NY: Rensselaerville Institute, 1996. Read this to understand how funders integrate logic model paradigms into their work to fulfill their philanthropic mission.

Supporting Success: Improving Higher Education Outcomes for Students from Foster Care. Casey Family Programs. Updated December 2010. Available for free download.

Thinking about Program Evaluation 2nd ed. Richard A. Berk and Peter Henry Rossi. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1998.

Utilization-Focused Evaluation. 4th ed. Michael Quinn Patton. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2008.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Evaluation Handbook. Battle Creek, MI: W.K. Kellogg Foundation, 2010. Available for free download. This handbook provides a framework for thinking about evaluation as a relevant and useful program tool. It was written primarily for project directors who have direct responsibility for the ongoing evaluation of W.K. Kellogg Foundation.