“Oh, we don’t need to do an evaluation. We know we’re doing great things!”
My reply is always the same:
“I’m sure you are doing lots of great things…but can you prove it? And do you know what you need to do to make more great things happen?”
One of the benefits of conducting an evaluation is the positive impact it can have on fundraising success. An evaluation… Learn more
When an organization or nonprofit begins participating in an evaluation, some of the vocabulary can be unclear to staff who are newcomers to the process. Understanding evaluation terminology can help you gain a better grasp of the evaluation process, so we’ve put together a list of some of the most important terms and definitions to help you along the way.
Let’s absorb that for a minute. Evaluation not only allows you to see where your program is but offers tangible room for growth and enhancement.… Learn more
New approaches in evaluation have begun to facilitate positive responses and potentially powerful effects on programs.
Determining exactly what is involved in an evaluation can change based on the kind of programs being evaluated.
However, there are several stages any evaluation must work through.
1. Identifying Measures of Success Clarifying the goals of the program and identifying how to measure its success
2. Evaluation Design Designing the research and creating specific,… Learn more
In this age of increasing technology and access to knowledge, there is a wealth of information and resources that can be found on the web.
Whether you’re searching for the answer to a particular question, trying to expand your knowledge base, or just browsing, these are some must-read resources for resourceful nonprofits:
1. Harvard Business Review Blog Network The HBR blog network posts a variety of nonprofit-relevant content from a collection of bloggers. It includes information about data, data-based decision making, leadership, technology, and other valuable skill-sets for those in the nonprofit sector.
I don’t plan to use this blog as a political forum, so fear not – this post has nothing to do with my personal opinions on the missions of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Planned Parenthood organizations. In addition, I admittedly haven’t read every word written on this subject so I’m speaking a bit off the cuff.
Having said that, as a professional evaluator, I did have a fairly immediate reaction to recent news reports of the Komen Foundation’s decision (and subsequent about-face) to cut funding to Planned Parenthood.
As I watched article after article pop up in the… Learn more
People who know me well have heard me say many times that I see evaluation as part science and part art. Armed with markers, flip charts and their imaginations, students in my Outcomes Evaluation class (hosted by Nonprofit Learning Point) discover their preconceived notions about evaluation, envision how it can help to achieve goals, and break through barriers that may be holding them back.
Here’s a little something we created in class last week:
I often hear nonprofit and government employees become frustrated with the “language” of evaluation. On occasion, I’ve even seen a promising evaluation effort go off the rails because the terminology was confusing.
What’s an input?