In November 2014, seven state granting agencies participated in an Enterprise-Wide Federal Grants Kaizen event. Click here to learn more about Continuous Improvement. The scope and purpose was to shorten the timeline from when an initial federal appropriation is released to when a state agency fully executes a grant contract agreement. These resources were developed to support best practice in grant-making across the state enterprise and the formal recommendations from the Action Plan:
Homeland Security and Emergency Management Grant Manual
Minnesota Department of Public Safety - Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM)
Clear, concise overview of all federal, state, and HSEM-specific grant management requirements
HSEM Grant Manual and Information
Beginner Evaluation Guides
Gene Shackman Ph. D. The Global Social Change Research Project
A series of beginner friendly pamphlets on evaluation basics.
Many evaluation tools and resources, including the Rainbow Framework which organizes over 300 evaluation approaches into 7 clusters.
Gather Credible Evidence
Program Performance and Evaluation Office-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Choosing data sources for an evaluation and creating a data source table for an evaluation plan.
Program Development and Evaluation-University of Wisconsin Extension
Information about making logic models, free online training in logic models, logic model templates, and sample logic models.
Inexpensive, easy to use online flow chart design tool that is helpful for making logic models.
Program Evaluation: Is it Really That Hard?
Dr. Vanessa S. O'Neal, Founder of the National Society of Grant Writing Professionals, Inc.
Tips on writing an evaluation plan for a grant proposal from a Federal grant reviewer.