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The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need by Ellen Karsh

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LESSON 11

The Evaluation Plan: How Can You Be Sure if Your Program Worked?

OPENING REMARKS

I was evaluating a grant-funded program designed to help a small number of homeless families in shelters find (and remain in) permanent housing by providing intensive, long-term assistance. A variety of measures showed that it was a very successful program; for example, the families remained in permanent housing significantly longer than families without this assistance. But staff interviews indicated that the staff felt overwhelmed and burned out by the amount of work they were doing and thought there was a need for more staff. A review of the case files showed that they were overworked, but not because they had to be. It turned out that in addition ...

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