You’ve researched them, found them and interrogated best practice models. Now, how do you apply what you’ve learned from them into your proposed program? Many ways, here are a few examples:
Training: Put some money in your budget to hire some of their staff to train yours. Or, ask to use, or pay for, some of their training materials.
Curriculum: Find out what curriculum they use successfully and use it in your program. In your proposal, use this as a selling point — it’s been proven successful. If the best practice model created their own curriculum, negotiate a fee for replicating their materials.
Consultation: Consider paying one of their staff to serve as a consultant to your program in your start-up year. It sure helps to ride with someone who knows all the bumps in the road. And it’s a strong selling point too. Or, invite one of their staff to serve on your Advisory Board.
Evaluation: See if you can hire their Evaluation Coordinator for your project. Evaluation Coordinators usually work on dozens of projects at the same time so there is no exclusivity factor. Short of that, see if that Evaluation Coordinator or someone on her/his staff will consult with you in the design of your evaluation component. Again, a big selling point in your proposal.
Proposal review: Hire one of their staff to review a draft of your proposal. They have keen insight into what the funding agency is looking for. Also, chances are, they have experience as proposal readers in the field and have an experienced, object eye for important details.
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