While there is a nearly universal belief that grant reports are necessary, there is far less agreement about frequency and format, required elements, and uses (never mind, usefulness!).
Missed Opportunities to Build Trust and Strengthen Relationships with Grant Partners
“This survey has gotten me to think about ways that I can improve our reporting templates. Rather than vaguely asking grantees to report on their progress toward their research aims, I think that I could improve our reporting templates by asking more directed questions…” 2017 Revisit Reporting Survey Comment Like the funder above, many of us take grant reporting, well, for granted. The fact is: for grantmakers and grant recipients alike, the process can feel inevitable. Grantmakers make grants, recipients say thank you, and about a year later (sometimes much more frequently), the recipient says thanks again, and writes several
From our experience, a relational, conversational approach to reporting frees you up to more truly listen and to be more of a partner in the work in all kinds of ways (e.g. advocating, connecting, convening).
When it comes down to actual practice, does our design and use of reporting match our intentions?