McKnight’s Strategic Framework
The McKnight Foundation has a strategic framework that informs the work of all our program areas, including the International Program (CCRP and SEA). It guides how we do our grantmaking, our perspective and role, and our relationships. The strategic framework, which is adapted regularly, describes the Foundation’s mission, values, commitments, and ways of working.
Selection Criteria: Questions We Ask
For CCRP, grants are selected based on criteria that include alignment with program and regional priorities and strategies, quality, innovation, and awareness of local context. In reviewing proposals, we consider the following:
- Are the project approach and focus aligned with the CCRP theory of change?
- Does the project contribute to advancements in agroecological intensification or AEI?
- Is the focus on improving key aspect(s) of smallholder agriculture within regional food systems and in ways that improve the food security, income, nutrition, and equity outcomes of smallholder farmer households?
- Does the project demonstrate a systems perspective, including consideration of factors such as crop improvement and seed access; pest/disease management; soil and water management; strengthening of farmer organizations; enhancing market access; Intended systems changes may include sustainable production, consumption and/or rural social infrastructure and markets. Entry points may include crop improvement and seed access; pest/disease management; soil health; strengthening of farmer organizations; enhancing market access; and/or nutrition research and education?
- Is the project designed appropriately for addressing the problems identified in food and agriculture systems?
- Does the project design show a likelihood of positive impact for smallholder farming families?
- Is there authentic collaboration and partnership that involve research, development, community- based organizations, farmers, and the private sector as appropriate and necessary, and also innovative approaches as relevant?
- Does the project demonstrate cultural and gender sensitivity?
- What is the project’s ability to contribute improved “public goods” knowledge and practice beyond its specific sites, contexts, and objectives?