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Entries from April 2008

Studying Programs is Hard to Do: Why It’s Difficult to Write a Compelling Evaluation

April 24th, 2008 · 10 Comments

Evaluation sections in proposals are both easy and hard to write, depending on your perspective, because of their estranged relationship with the real world. The problem boils down to this: it is fiendishly difficult and expensive to run evaluations that will genuinely demonstrate a program’s efficacy. Yet RFPs act as though the 5 – 20% [...]

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Stuck on Stupid: Hiring Lobbyists to Chase Earmarks

April 19th, 2008 · 1 Comment

A faithful Grant Writing Confidential reader and fellow grant writer, Katherine, sent an email wanting my take on a public agency hiring a lobbying firm to seek federal earmarks. For those not familiar with the term, it means getting a member of Congress to slip a favored local project into a bill, bypassing normal reviews [...]

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FEMA Tardiness,, and Dealing with Recalcitrant Bureaucrats

April 10th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)—the same guys who brought us the stellar job after Hurricane Katrina—issued the Assistance to Firefighters Grants program on what says is March 26, 2008. But the deadline was April 04, 2008, which is absurdly short by any standards, let alone those of a federal agency. I sent an [...]

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Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, KU! — Lessons from Basketball for Grant Writers

April 8th, 2008 · 2 Comments

My daughter will graduate from the William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications at the University of Kansas in May. Although I’m not much of a sports fan, over the past four years, I’ve learned to love Jayhawks basketball and was delighted to see the Jayhwawks come back from a double digit deficit [...]

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Finding and Using Phantom Data in the Service Expansion in Mental Health/Substance Services, Oral Health and Comprehensive Pharmacy Services Under the Health Center Program

April 2nd, 2008 · 8 Comments

RFP needs assessments will sometimes request data that aren’t readily available or just don’t exist. The question then becomes for you, the grant writer, what to do when caught between an RFP’s instructions and the reality of phantom data. When you can’t find it, you’ll have to get creative. The Service Expansion in Mental Health/Substance [...]

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