In reviewing the guidelines for the Denver Foundation's grant process, I came across the following on evaluation: … "you need to demonstrate not only how you measure your work, but also share your actual results."
The landscape for funding has changed dramatically. No longer do we have the luxury of simply telling a compelling story of how our work has changed the lives of people in our community. Now we have to present data that reinforces how we define success. We need to actively measure these outcomes, both short and long term and track those outcomes over time.
While at first glance, and when you already feel stretched to the max, this may seem to be simply just extra work, but it serves two purposes: 1) It provides feedback for program effectiveness (how you can make changes for the better); 2) it demonstrates to funders you are well-managed (meeting your goals, and providing good bang for their buck).
It's a critical piece of the pie, if the idea of an outside evaluation resonates with your organization, contact www.questusstrategies.com