Posts Tagged nonprofit

5 Things All Nonprofit Leaders Should Know about Logic Models by Ann Emery

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. Here are the top 5 things all nonprofit leaders should know about logic

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More Great Online Resources – Technology

If you’re looking for great online resources for your business or nonprofit organization, look no further! 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

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Smart Online Resources – Web Tools for Nonprofits

If you’re looking for smart online resources available to the nonprofit sector, look no further! This month, we’re highlighting Nonprofit Technology Magazine, Mobile Marketing Watch, MobileCause, Meetup, and Giving Library. These tools focus on how to best use technology for your nonprofit organization. 1. Nonprofit Technology Magazine is

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The Top 10 Reasons Why I Enjoyed Attending “Evaluation 2013”

I recently traveled to Washington, DC for Evaluation 2013, that is, the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association. It was a great trip, filled with networking, new techniques, and resources that I could use to serve my clients better. As I reflected on the event while

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Evaluations are Scalable – Who Knew?

First, a brief definition of what we mean by scalable: scaling refers to expanding your reach to larger populations. To say that evaluation is scalable means that you can use the information gained in an evaluation to apply it to a larger, different, or related sector. This

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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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“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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