As part of our final reporting and acquittal process, we ask grantees to detail the lessons they've learnt throughout the course of their project. This feedback is valuable to the Foundation as a funder, providing us with on-the-ground insights into the factors that make for successful – or less than successful – programs. We have now distilled the collective learnings reported to the Foundation by grantees since 2009, and made them available for download.
In addition to the General learnings, which provide an overview of grantee feedback that is applicable to all program areas, we have also produced program-specific learnings for both our Arts, Community Wellbeing and Medical Research program areas. Further program-specific learnings will be made available throughout the remainder of this year.
We encourage all grantees and applicants to refer to these documents, as they contain key insights into all phases of the grant process, from preparing applications to final evaluation.
To download the documents, please click on the links below:
- Grantee Key Learnings: General (updated 2020)
- Grantee Key Learnings: Arts (updated 2020)
- Grantee Key Learnings: Community Wellbeing (updated Nov 2020)*
- Grantee Key Learnings: Early Childhood Development (2020)*
- Grantee Key Learnings: Environment & Conservation and Science (updated 2020)
- Grantee Key Learnings: Health (updated 2020)
- Grantee Key Learnings: Medical Research (updated 2019).
*Please note: from 2020 all learnings from previous Disability grants will be incorporated under Community Wellbeing. Similarly, from 2020 all relevant learnings from previous Education grants are incorporated under Early Childhood Development.
The Ian Potter Foundation continues to review its own grantmaking practices and processes. When reviewing our grants, our Research & Evaluation Manager compiles examples of what works, what doesn't, and areas where further improvements can be made.
Our learnings can be downloaded below. They are organised by timeframe (‘before’, ‘during’ and ‘after’ the grant) and grouped by themes. This document will be updated annually.
There are also several articles by Dr Squirrel Main, Research & Evaluation Manager, published on our blog which summarise the Foundation's learnings to date.
- Measuring Up
- Know Thy Impact
- Have you got global goals?
- The shape of due diligence
- The future of evaluation