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Marketing a Big, Fat, Cajun Triathlon

A post from our special guest blogger, Ann Harris… Louisiana is fat. The ‘gras’ in ‘Mardi Gras’ doesn’t stop on Fat Tuesday! Did you know Louisiana is currently ranked as the 49th unhealthiest state? In an effort to bring awareness to the state of health in the

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It Was a Slow Train To Dallas, But So Worth the Trip

I’d like to introduce you to Dallas. He’s the puppy that joined our family in December 2012. He’s full of joy and playfulness and unconditional love. I can’t imagine our household with him. I’m sharing his picture with you because:   1. He’s adorable. See how he’s

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The Best Parade Ever

In 2013, I had the honor of attending the National Association of Drug Court Professionals Annual Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. If you’re not familiar with drug courts, I encourage you to learn about them. They provide an innovative and intensive approach blending clinical treatment with criminal justice for

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Can Program Evaluation Improve Your Fundraising Success? Yes It Can!

In the nearly twenty years that I’ve been an evaluator, there’s one reason I hear over and over again for why some nonprofits (and other organizations) shy away from program evaluation: “Oh, we don’t need to do an evaluation. We know we’re doing great things!” My reply

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“Baby Steps” Towards a Strong Evaluation Culture

As an evaluator, a large part of what I’ve done in recent years is ask nonprofit professionals how they generally feel about program evaluation and measuring specific outcomes. These professionals typically identify some of the benefits of the evaluation process, but our conversations also reveal concerns such

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Program Evaluation Terminology 101

Program Evaluation Terminology 101

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

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Why Do Nonprofits Need Program Evaluation?

Nonprofit organizations, in the ongoing effort to achieve their missions, typically undertake program evaluations to serve one or more of these three general purposes:   Accountability – measuring the results of programs and accounting for the use of resources   Knowledge Generation – creating new understanding of

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Program Evaluation: A Breakdown

When people think of program evaluation, they often visualize undesirable symbols of judgment – things like grades, scores, and the SATs. However, evaluation doesn’t need to feel negative. New approaches in evaluation have begun to facilitate positive responses and potentially powerful effects on programs. Determining exactly what is

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Must-Read Resources for Nonprofits

Must-Read Resources for Nonprofits

  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

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April 17, 2013 Outcome Evaluation and Results Based Accountability

Everyone says that we need to measure our program outcomes…but HOW? And why has this become so important to funding organizations and the public? Can we manage this with everything else we have to do? In this course, participants will learn to ask and answer critical questions

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