“The one-on-one, personalized feedback was fantastic. It felt great to be able to review our proposal and receive constructive criticisms in a safe, judgment-free, no-pressure environment.”
– Oak Learning Differences Programme Grantee
who participated in a capacity-building webinar
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
What have you accomplished through your Oak-funded programme that you’re most proud to share with your colleagues?
We have seen tangible, positive results from our collaborative work with multiple grantees. Examples include more effective logic models, stronger grant proposals, creative resource development, and better planning by grantees. We are pleased with the extent to which we are able to tailor our technical assistance to each grantee’s circumstances.
What’s the most interesting challenge your Oak-funded programme currently faces?
The current evidence-based practice environment is both a challenge and a strength: it encourages best practices and quality work, but demands increased organizational time and expertise to monitor data on implementation and outcomes. We provide support and training to fill this gap, but recognize the very real struggle organizations have to meet the growing need for evidence.
Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and Center for Child and Family Policy (CCFP) are committed to meaningful engagement with policymakers and practitioners and to science-based solutions to important problems affecting today’s children and families. The Duke team, representing Sanford and CCFP, assists Oak Foundation Learning Differences Programme grantees with capacity building and infrastructure support in areas including logic model development, evaluation, and resource development.
Building the organisational capacity of Learning Differences Programme Grantees
ABOUT THE ORGANISATION
The Sanford School features the highest quality teaching and research. It also emphasizes policy engagement and real-world impact, as does the Center for Child and Family Policy (CCFP). CCFP’s work forges links from research, to policy, to practice through an integrated system of teaching, service and policy engagement. Sanford faculty and CCFP researchers include nationally renowned experts in preK-12 education, child development, and health disparities.
ABOUT THE OAK FUNDED PROJECT
With Oak’s support, the Duke team is providing technical assistance to Learning Differences Programme grantees in areas including logic model development, evaluation, grant writing, resource development, evidence-based practice, and policy engagement. The team created an organisational self-assessment tool which helps grantees and the Duke team identify each participating grantee’s strengths and challenges. Based on the assessment information, and in partnership with the organisations, the team develops recommendations for priority areas of need and strategies for addressing them. Virtual training sessions help the grantees build capacity in multiple areas. Targeted interventions assist select grantees in addressing specific challenges.
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