Using Outcomes Measures to Improve Your Grant Proposals

A recent article from Advancing Philanthropy suggests that incorporating outcomes measures into your funding proposals can show potential grantors exactly what your organization plans to do with the funds. 

Including outcomes measures in your proposals can help external stakeholders gauge your future funding requests and can help you more accurately develop budgets and determine your staffing and program requirements.

Outcomes measures demonstrate accountability and transparency and is the process that helps you: 1) define what your program would like to accomplish and 2) establishes data collection and analysis methodologies to measure what you’ve accomplished.

Citing statistics from a 2011 survey of American and Canadian organizations, grantors are most likely to request the following outcomes measures:
  • financial accountability/stewardship (81%)
  • number of constituents served (77%)
  • program quality from a participant perspective (57%)
  • program sustainability (57%)
Click here for an excellent publication from the Urban Institute, Key Steps in Outcome Management.


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