The Program Manager's Guide to Evaluation, Second Edition

Learn how to assess program performance, measure impacts on families, and document program successes. Directors and staff discover the meaning of program evaluation and how it can be used to develop strategies to better serve families in their community. Includes a sample final evaluation report outline and a glossary of terms.

Non-Federal Share

The requirement for a non-federal share match to a Head Start or Early Head Start grant reflects the partnership and commitment between the federal government and local community, and for the young children and families served in the program.

Fiscal Management

Fiscal management is one of the 10 Head Start management systems. It is key to operating an effective and high-quality Head Start or Early Head Start program. This Management Matters presentation uses interactive activities and supporting materials to focus on practical steps for building and strengthening the partnership between program and fiscal leaders.

Severance Pay

Severance pay is allowable and should be determined according to established organizational policies applied without regard to the source of funds. It should be reasonable and should take into consideration the practice of similar types of organizations. Grantees will find this information useful when providing severance pay to their employees.

View Grants by Major Activity Type

Discretionary grants and associated dollar values are organized by four major activity types: research, training, services, and other.  Interested parties can use this information when applying for grant funding. Definitions for the types are provided in this resource.

How Do We Interpret Our Financial Statements?

This resource helps nonprofit organizations understand and interpret their financial statement by measuring the organization’s efficiency, evaluating the adequacy of financial resources, and identifying significant trends. Nonprofit grantees can learn a great deal about the health of their organization by examining the numerical information presented.

Carryover of Unobligated Balance

This publication provides clarification on the need to seek prior approval for carryover of unobligated funds. Grantees will find this information helpful if they have unobligated balances and have a need to address programmatic goals and objectives. Prior approval is necessary for written request for notice of award, offset of the current award, or subsequent award, and expanded authority.

Summary of Accountability Requirements for Program Income

This chart from the HHS Grants Policy Statement provides the accountability requirements for program income based on income received and earned. Grantees and delegate agencies can benefit from reviewing this chart when managing financial program income.

Unrestricted Funds Narrative

Unrestricted funds are funds that are not considered program income and not generated by the federal grant award or used to match that award. Funds expended by the program, but not generated using its assets, are not considered program income and are not governed by the cost principles. Grantee agencies will find this information useful when looking for other sources of income.