This workshop is pitched at the strategic level, covering the entire process from finding the right funder, designing the projects, and delivering a winning proposal.
We introduce a rubric for “Program Centered Design” that will help you frame your goals and design project activities – it triangulates your goals, the sponsor’s profile, and the funding environment. You’ll use a second rubric for crafting documents that aren’t merely persuasive, but compelling. That one is based on narrative theory and reflects the reality that proposal writing is a spiral process rather than a linear one.
Along the way, we cover managing the process: conducting funder research, interacting with program officers, and coordinating with your administrative offices. There’s also an extended discussion of persuasive language that will elevate your writing – you’ll benefit even if you’re already a great writer.
We offer this workshop in an open enrollment format or customized for participants from a single institution. It’s suitable for people at any level of experience, but it’s most valuable for:
- junior faculty starting their first research agenda;
- senior staff leading student support, outreach, or similar programs; and
- newly appointed center or institute directors developing strategic funding plans.
More than 5000 people have attended these workshops in the last 15 years.
Our training is designed for adult learners – we link abstract concepts to your concrete challenges, explain and model processes to analyze problems, and provide rubrics to implement solutions. In-person workshops are lively, online webinars are designed with e-learning best practice in mind.
Our services are highly customized to your needs. If you’re pressed for time or lack capacity, we can deliver turnkey projects from strategic planning through work process design to staff training. If you want to save money or build capacity, we can design and manage the project and train or coach you to execute some or all of the tasks.
We have decades of experience in education, research, outreach, and service delivery. We’ve worked with organizations in the higher education, public schools, government, non-profit, and for-profit sectors. We do the little things that make you BIG
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