Federal Grant Development: External Evaluators


External Evaluators: When is it Required and What to do When it is Required
Session 7 of the Federal Grant Development Series

Many, but not all, federal grants require project evaluation to be completed by someone other than the project director. The reason for this requirement is that these evaluators have less of an economic stake in the success or failure of a program and therefore are better positioned to provide an unbiased eye with which to conduct a program evaluation. This session will examine federal language and insights on some specific departments’ intent regarding how “external” an evaluator must be, what services the funder typically requires from the evaluator, how to find high-quality evaluation services, how to select an evaluator for a grant project, guidance on understanding fee structures, and recommendations for navigating issues like timelines, intellectual property, and publication expectations in contracts.

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What you will learn:

  • When an evaluator must be outside of the program versus outside of the organization
  • What are common evaluation services for federal grants
  • Where can quality evaluators be found
  • What factors should be considered when selecting an evaluator
  • How to align service expectations with cost realities
  • How to ensure potentially challenging issues are placed into contracts


The trainers for these sessions are all credentialed grant professionals (GPCs) who agree to adhere to the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) Code of Ethics and are GPA Approved Trainers. All of the trainings in this series align with the Grant Professionals Certification Institute’s competencies and skills

GPCI Competencies and Skills: 3.8, 4.11


This training aligns with the Grant Professional Certification Institute’s Competencies and Skills and is approved for 1.0 Continuing Education Unit (CEU). Full participation in this training is also applicable for 1.0 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

Length: 60 minutes

Price: $50

Federal Grant Development Training Series

Most people consider federal grant training to be a more advanced form of grant writing and management. We at Assel Grant Services do a lot of work with federal grants and we believe that federal grants share a lot of characteristics with significant federal grants. That said, there are a lot of nuances unique to federal grants to learn. This professional development series is designed to help nonprofit professionals who have never written a federal grant be as prepared to step through the federal grant pre-award and post-award process for the first time with confidence.

These sessions are designed to support nonprofit professionals before and during their first federal grant. If you don’t tune in before your first opportunity comes out, this series can be managed during a typical six to eight-week federal grant funding cycle.

If you would like to arrange a custom scheduled training for your organization, please email us to speak to one of our Training staff. If you would like information about all our upcoming trainings, please subscribe to our monthly Training Newsletter!

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