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Mark Sorrells (Creator)
East Carolina University (ECU )
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Abstract: Program evaluation is an essential function for grant-seeking organizations , yet many struggle with measuring the impact of their work. The form of program evaluation is also an ongoing challenge for funders. Many grant-seeking nonprofits possess limited internal capacity , and are consequently forced to over-rely on external consultants who possess little organizational background or content knowledge. For grant-seeking organizations , this lack of program evaluation capacity may eliminate them from funding opportunities. The purpose of this study was to implement and analyze an innovative--process-driven , people-centered--grantee capacity building model. The intent of the framework was to build individual and organizational capacity to perform and sustain program evaluation. The Golden LEAF Grantee Capacity Building Model (GLF-GCB Model) was examined using an action research design within a conceptual framework of (a) accountability , (b) leadership empowerment , and (c) continuous improvement. Five grantees participated in the study while implementing digital learning initiatives. Evidence from the study demonstrated that the GLF-GCB Model was an effective framework that helped grantees implement digital learning initiatives effectively and better measure the impact of their work during the initial phase of grant-supported activity. From the study , a new capacity building model emerged that informed practice and proved useful in bridging the gap between theory and practice. In addition , new knowledge was generated that can inform capacity building efforts of policy makers , practitioners , and funders.

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Language: English
Date: 2018
philauthropic, capacity building

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