Grants:APG/Funds Dissemination Committee/Additional Information and Analysis/Interviews/Bishakha Datta
Interview date: 4/24/12
What is the grantmaking model, and how will grantees be evaluated
- The one thing I’m still not clear about is how things are going to be evaluated if this isn’t going to follow a traditional grantmaking model. A traditional grantmaking model assumes that there will be more requests for funding than there are funds available. That becomes a competitive model. Therefore there is some sort of lens used as criteria to evaluate and identify the highest and best use of the funds.
- Traditional grantees focus their efforts on a theme set by the grantor, but they don’t see themselves as part of a movement like Wikipedians do.
- Also, if you put out a request for funding through the FDC, more people will request funding than if that process didn’t exist. We don’t want to subsidize things that aren’t valuable.
- Who decides if money is spent well?
- It makes sense that this would be an evolutionary process moving toward being more strategic.
- Demonstrating that using money is being used efficiently is relatively easy. Demonstrating that using money effectively is more difficult—requires impact measures.
Scope of responsibility
- What’s “out” of scope for this group?
- Core expenditures to keep the sites up and running
- Institutional grants (often made to a particular entity, even if unrestricted or semi-restricted)
- There has been little feedback on this to date because there is generally only feedback when people disagree
- Best to engage a core group of people