Evidence-Based Programming

There is so much talk about using research and evidence to show that our programs are likely to achieve the outcomes we claim, but many people who write grant proposals are still looking for the best way to do that in different types of grant applications. What grant funders do you think explained what they wanted effectively and who do you think needs to be clearer about their intent?

I have two favorites. One is the AmeriCorps program and another is my local United Way. The first asked for a very detailed description and gave examples of the level of evidence they considered appropriate. The second acknowledged that not everyone uses evidence-based models, so guided nonprofits on what to write instead.

I like to think of fall as a great time to learn more about the programs our agencies deliver, including what research or evidence is the backbone of the programming. What about you?

Julie Assel, GPC


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