Placement of the Needs Statement Needs StatementProject DesignGoals and ObjectivesOrganization & Partner InfoEvaluation
Function of the Needs Statement ProblemActionSolution
Function of the Needs Statement ProblemActionSolution Problem or need for an external constituency
Function of the Needs Statement ProblemActionSolution What you propose to do to address the problem
Function of the Needs Statement ProblemActionSolution Action OR
Importance of Needs Statements In short, you answer the question: Why care? Demonstrates that there is a problem that: Is important Is significant Is urgent Builds trust Relates to your mission statement Relates to the funders priorities
Takeaways Establishes the problem. Describes conditions outside your agency. Leads to the helpful actions you propose. Is your first impression.
Data and Statistics Intro There are lies, damn lies, and statistics - Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister Role: Supporting Rely on Context Objective Basic Rules Timely Unbiased Reliable
Example - Aspartame Activity Popular email Three reasons it works Three reasons it fails
Data Searches Example Sites US Census – www.census.govwww.census.gov FreeDemographics - www.freedemographics.comwww.freedemographics.com USDA Economic Research Service - www.ers.usda.govwww.ers.usda.gov Department of Health & Human Services - www.hhs.gov/reference/ www.aecf.org/KnowledgeCenter.aspx,www.hhs.gov/reference/ www.aecf.org/KnowledgeCenter.aspx HHS Reference Collection - http://datacenter.kidscount.org/http://datacenter.kidscount.org/ New Mexico Economic Development Department – www.edd.state.nm.uswww.edd.state.nm.us AECF Knowledge Center: http://www.aecf.org/KnowledgeCenter.aspxhttp://www.aecf.org/KnowledgeCenter.aspx AECF Kids Count Data Center: http://datacenter.kidscount.org/http://datacenter.kidscount.org/ NM Economic Development Department – www.edd.state.nm.uswww.edd.state.nm.us NM Department of Health: www.health.state.nm.uswww.health.state.nm.us
Statistics Wrap Up Describes Compares Trends Predicts Explains Demographic Sites Federal Agencies State Agencies Foundation Websites Article/Journal Collections News Outlets Data FunctionsKey Sources
Statement Process Define Problem Describe Implications Importance Relate to your Mission and Funders Show GapsBack it Up
Statement Structure Zoom In or Zoom Out Spatial Chronological Funder Bridge Symptoms to Roots Topical Impact Levels ?
Need Statement Weaknesses Not providing information requested in the RFP Proposing something outside the scope of the RFP Using outdated or suspect information Gathering insufficient data Statistical pile-up Unfamiliar concepts or terms Long, convoluted sentences
Need Statement Tips Address the 5 Ws Weighty Words Get em in the heart, get em in the head The 4 Cs Thoughtful wording of statistics Use formatting skillfully Check scoring, rating criteria
Finally… The bottom line is that to have a fundable project, it must potentially solve the problem your organization and the grantmaker are interested in and must generate results that can be measured in some way.
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Websites Consulted Annie E. Casey Foundation: www.aecf.orgwww.aecf.org Census: www.census.govwww.census.gov CFDA: www.gsa.gov/fdac/queryfdacwww.gsa.gov/fdac/queryfdac Federal: www.dhhs.gov, www.ers.usda.govwww.dhhs.govwww.ers.usda.gov FirstGov: www.firstgov.govwww.firstgov.gov Grants.gov: www.grants.govwww.grants.gov Federal Register: www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/ New Mexico Register: www.nmcpr.state.nm.us/nmregisterwww.nmcpr.state.nm.us/nmregister New Mexico Funding Directory: www.research.unm.edu/funding_opportunities/nmfd/ www.research.unm.edu/funding_opportunities/nmfd/ Foundation Center: www.fdncenter.orgwww.fdncenter.org GrantSelect: www.grantselect.comwww.grantselect.com Guidestar: www.guidestar.orgwww.guidestar.org GrantStation: www.grantstation.comwww.grantstation.com State: www.health.state.nm.us, www.edd.state.nm.uswww.health.state.nm.uswww.edd.state.nm.us