KEM provides an interactive and participatory learning and networking opportunity for young leaders and allies who are interested in building knowledge of non-profit organizational development and managerial skills. Through a series of monthly KEMs, young leaders and allies will be able to brainstorm, exchange/share resources, learn how to use practical tools, and expand network. KEM is an opportunity to build cross-sector alliance, skill, and knowledge for grassroots youth-led initiatives.
Toolkit Learning Objectives:
- Understand OTF outcomes & seed grant requirements
- Learn how to use tools and resources to plan for OTF’s seed grant application
- Learn about how the CORE team supports grassroots youth-led groups
- Draft a grant application with the support of the Program Manager
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The Intentional Program Design Workshop is a logical overview of project development. The workshop will focus on the framework and fundamentals of a project cycle. You will get to know the cycle and different strategies you can use. This session will require you to come prepared to create your own project. The objectives of the session are to ensure attendees are able to:
- To understand the different stages of a project development cycle
- To identify different method and strategies to use for different stages of the project
- To understand the connection between activities, outputs and outcomes
Evaluation—whether simple or complex—is important for so many reasons: evaluation helps us learn and grow, both as individuals and as community workers; it helps us improve our programs and services; and it helps us demonstrate the changes that we make in community.
But evaluation is not easy. It takes thoughtful planning and consideration, and an understanding of evaluation practices. This toolkit provides some fundamental explorations of program evaluation, from simple to increasingly complex approaches.
• To understand the value of evaluation
• To be able to identify and develop outcomes for programs and services
• To understand and utilize frameworks to evaluate program outcomes
Writing grant application is challenging: how do you convince someone who may not know what you do or who you are to fund you? The key is in how we explain ourselves.
It’s absolutely crucial that we demonstrate WHAT, WHY and HOW we our work. In building a strong case for funding we clearly identify our program or service, the reason for the program, and the way the program is run. This toolkit provides some tips on how to plan and communicate your program or service in a ways that are clear and effective.
• To develop knowledge and practices that help frame your grant proposals
• To understand effective ways to use clear and concise language in grant proposals
Writing grants is an important part of most not-for-profit organizations’ and project life cycles. We need resources to run and we need grants to have resources. Grant writing has become a major part of community and social work but many of us still struggle with it.
This toolkit lays out strategy for writing grants; the toolkit is focused on how you engage your grant idea community and participants, how you develop ideas into programs, and how you select the best funders and funding programs for you.
• To provide knowledge and insight about the grant-writing process
• To provide support and guidance in developing a grant-writing process for your organization
• To identify and understand how funders and donors work.
A theory of change model identifies the pathway or journey to achieving a long-term outcome or goal. Theory of change models start by identifying the goals or benchmarks that we must achieve along the journey to our long-term outcome. After identifying the goals that mark the path, we can determine what activities will help us to achieve each of the identified goals.
Theory of change models are very helpful when approaching a large, strategic goal. They are very effective when you do not yet know what activities or interventions you want to offer, but instead can identify what you hope to achieve. Theory of change models also allow us to develop evaluation frameworks that we can then use to guide our work and assess if we have achieved our goals.
- To understand the purpose and value of using theory of change models in program design.
- To be able to identify the major components of a theory of change model.
- To understand how to implement theory of change models in your work.
- To understand how to identify the assumptions and potential weaknesses in your program and revise them to strengthen your work.
Want to learn about how logic models can enhance your programs?
A logic model is a tool used to design and build the evaluation of programs. It uses a simple visual to represent the relationship between the challenge or problem, the resources available, the activities and the goals of the program. Logic models demonstrate the causal relationship between what you put into a relationship and what you hope to get out of it.
We recommend using a logic model to help build all of your programs and services. Logic models can help you identify your expectations and assumptions of your program by having you outline your inputs, your activities, your outputs and your outcomes in one succinct form. Logic models can help you guide your work throughout the implementation process and help you build your evaluation framework to ensure you can demonstrate your impact.
• To understand the purpose and value of using logic models in program design.
• To identify the major components of a logic model.
• To understand how to use logic models in your work.
• To understand how to identify program/project assumptions and potential weaknesses