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Evaluation

Program evaluation is an important aspect of nonprofit management.  It involves the collection and analysis of information to ensure that the organization is running efficiently and effectively.

 

Some sources of funding and grants require regular project evaluations as a condition of their assistance.  Even if this is not the case for your organization, evaluation mechanisms can ensure that your scarce resources are used in the best way possible, and that your programs are having the desired impact.

Sources of Additional Information

The W. K. Kellogg Foundation’s Logic Model Development Guide provides a comprehensive guide to logic models- from the basics, to development, and finally to utilizing logic models in your evaluation process.

The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University provides articles, checklists, and other resources for anyone interested in evaluation.  They have summaries of many methods of evaluation not covered on this site, such as qualitative, utilization-focused, and deliberative democratic evaluation.  

The United Way is a proponent of the Outcomes Model of Analysis, and part of its website is dedicated to an explanation of this type of evaluation and resources to help develop a successful outcome measurement effort.  

The US Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families produced a Program Manager’s Guide to Evaluation, which goes over preparation, what you should include in an evaluation plan, and other important topics.

The Regional Nonprofit Alliance has several books on evaluation in its library. Stop by to borrow a book or, if you aren’t close by, send us an email (RNA@ohio.edu) with the type of information you are looking for, and we’ll send you a packet of information electronically. 

Books in our library include:

  • The Nonprofit Board’s Role in Planning and Evaluation by John Yankey and Amy McClellan
  • The Nonprofit Dashboard: A Tool for Tracking Progress by Lawrence Butler
  • Level Best: How Small and Grassroots Nonprofits can Tackle Evaluation and Talk Results by Marcia Festen and Marianne Philbin
  • Performance Measurement: Getting Results by Harry Hatry
 

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