Funders want to solve problems. Your connection with the funder is that you want to solve the same problem. Your solution is a project. Evaluation is necessary to see if your project was successful. For years, funders have tried to discover if their investments have been effective. Their efforts have traditionally been mostly unsuccessful. This has caused funders to actively seek ways of determining the impact of both their short-term and long-term investments. Most are gaining sophistication in requiring concrete and measurable goals with specific outcomes. All are requiring a detailed evaluation plan linked to the goals and objectives of your project. Accountability
1 Friedrich Nietzsche, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, First Part, "On the Thousand and One Goals" (1883).
is more critical to funding than ever before. This is one of the most important parts of your proposal. Evaluation is proof of success or failure of an activity. Since a grant proposal involves some risk, one learns also from failures.
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