Application Question 7 - How Will You Monitor and Evaluate the Project?

A common question asked by grant-makers as part of the application process is how you will monitor the success of your project?

The Allen Lane Foundation for example asks "How will you know if your work has been successful?" Funders will expect information relating to the expenditure of the grant at different stages of the project. Most funders will want to know how successful (or not) their investment in a project has been.

Most funders will ask for projects to be self-assessed. That is, the applicant will state up front how it plans to assess the project, collect the monitoring information and conduct the evaluation of the project. If the monitoring and evaluation processes are included at the project planning stage, this becomes much easier to answer.

For larger projects an external evaluator may be brought in to assist with the project's evaluation or to provide an independent eye.