I recently traveled to Denver, CO for Evaluation 2014, the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association. It was an incredibly fun and informative trip, filled with networking, new techniques, and innovative resources. Hurrah for continuous improvement!
Last year, I reflected on the event in the style of David Letterman’s top ten list. I’ve decided to repeat that effort this year (albeit, a bit late for the after-party). Perhaps it will be a new tradition! Without further fanfare, I offer:
The Top 10 Reasons Why I Enjoyed Evaluation 2014
You know that your organization needs an evaluator…but how do you go about it? Hiring the right evaluator can save your organization a considerable amount of time, effort, and money. For many organizations with limited internal capacity, an external evaluator can often produce more accurate, useful, and credible information in a time-efficient manner, as compared to information generated by a staff member without specific evaluation expertise. Learn more
ICPSR is the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. It’s a global leader in data stewardship, providing a wealth of data resources and responsive educational opportunities. They store, curate, and provide access to scientific data so that others can use it. Learn more
A post from our special guest blogger, Ann Emery…
Logic models, log frames, and theories of change, oh my! No matter what you call them, logic models are crucial evaluation tools for all nonprofits.
1. There’s no “right” design for a logic model. A simple Google search will return hundreds of examples of logic models…
… and that’s okay!
Logic models are pictures that show the connection between the work you’re doing and the changes you hope to see. For example, the work you’re… Learn more
You’ve probably heard the phrase “the cobbler’s children have no shoes,” which is used to describe the phenomenon where professionals are so busy with work for their own customers or clients that they neglect using their skills to help themselves or those closest to them. I recently had an experience that reminded me of this adage and brought the concept home in a powerful way.
As a measurement professional, I’m often tasked with ensuring that my clients are asking themselves the right questions – tough questions – about their organizations, about their programs and services, and about themselves. I help… Learn more
This month, we want to highlight some of the great online resources available to those in the nonprofit sector. These tools and sites offer free and low-cost options for bringing your nonprofit into the online world.
1. Impact Rising This site is designed to help support social sector organizations and consultants by giving them access to the resources to engage in capacity-building projects. Here you’ll find things like organizational assessment tools, strategic planning resources & tools and fund development information.
It also seeks to make the norms and standards of the consulting industry explicit, so that social sector organizations know… Learn more
If you’re seeking great online resources, we’re here to help! Today, we’re highlighting Logic Depot, SurveyMonkey, TwtPoll, TwitSprout, and Statigram. These tools focus on measurement and surveys for your organization.
1. Logic Depot was developed locally, in Richmond, Virginia, and focuses primarily on providing clients with a set of self-service survey tools. The web-based software is free to organizations that collect fewer than 2,500 surveys a month and it has great functionality. Logic Depot also offers project consulting, survey coding services, and custom integration. If you’re interested in learning more, let us know and I’ll connect to our friend… Learn more
This month, we’re highlighting SimpleBooklet, Product Donations (by Microsoft), Screencast-o-Matic, Present.me, and npCloud. These resources help you create compelling stories, share information, and better serve your communities.
1. SimpleBooklet.com helps your organization create a web and mobile version of your company’s brochure, flyer, annual report, or other printed marketing materials. You can easily create online booklets that can be shared and promoted to multiple destinations on the web. Because this resource is hosted in the cloud, any tweaking… Learn more
Structuring questions appropriately is critical to collecting meaningful, interpretable information from customer surveys. In this last post of our blog series on creating effective customer feedback surveys, we will focus on tailoring the complexity of your survey questions.
The following questions demonstrate how alternative question wordings can allow you to target in on the specific information you want to gather.
How many times have you shopped in the Union Town Square during the past six months?
During the past six months, how many times have you shopped at the OhMySoap! store located at the Union Town Square?… Learn more