You’re buzzing along through a grant application. You’ve written a fantastic description of your organization’s quality program. You’re feeling terrific about your proposal.
Then, there it is. The Outcomes Measures section.
You can hear your brain’s breaks screech and your fingers stop flying across the keyboard. You’re going to have to give that question some thought.
You get up from your desk and go talk with your Program Director. “What are our Outcomes Measures?” you ask.
“We measure the number of youth who graduate from our program,” The Program Director cheerfully says. She’s excited that you’re writing a grant.
Oh no. That’s a problem. ‘Number of kids graduating from your program’ is an output, not an outcome. What do you do?
Instead of launching into a long, dry explanation of the difference between outcomes and outputs that will make your Program Director’s eyes glaze-over and turn tale and run every time you’re working on a grant application in the future, here are four questions you can ask to get to the information you need: