What is the benefit of having a partnership with a researcher when writing a grant?

Some grant programs award extra points if you have a research partner.  There are additional benefits to adding an evaluator to your next grant proposal, as well.  Below are some of the most common benefits:

  • Research partners can bring an independent and objective voice to your work, which can be helpful if you have a lot of project partners.
  • Researchers may have worked with other grantees within the grant program before and can offer advice, based on experience, on how to be successful in your project.
  • Research partners are experienced in working with multiple data sets and often have a great deal of experience addressing privacy and confidentiality issues that may arise.
  • Research partners are trained evaluators who can help you think about how to measure the impact of your program, which can be a key component of sustaining your project.