Evaluation Essentials for Nonprofits: Terms, Tips, and Trends

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These slides are an excerpt from an evaluation session for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN), which was held in June 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Evaluation Essentials for Nonprofits: Terms, Tips, and Trends

  1. 1. Evaluation Essentials for Nonprofits: Terms, Tips, & Trends Johanna Morariu and Ann K. Emery Innovation Network www.innonet.org Excerpt from our session for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Held June 2, 2014 in Washington, DC
  2. 2. About Innovation Network • More than 20 years old • Support nonprofits and funders to collect and use information for decisionmaking • Free evaluation resources at www.innonet.org
  3. 3. About Johanna & Ann Johanna Morariu Director jmorariu@innonet.org @j_morariu Ann Emery Associate aemery@innonet.org @annkemery
  4. 4. www.innonet.org/research Research on evaluation practice in the nonprofit sector Research and guides for advocates White papers with tips for grantees and grantmakers Blog posts, podcasts, videos, and more
  5. 5. Let’s Connect! innonet.org facebook.com /innovation.network @innonet_eval
  6. 6. What is evaluation? Systematically using information to guide decisions about your programs Three steps: 1. Start with questions 2. Collect information to answer those questions 3. Use information in decisionmaking
  7. 7. Who/what can be evaluated? Program Department or Initiative Organization
  8. 8. The evaluation lifecycle Planning Data collection Analysis & Reflection Action & Improvement
  9. 9. Assessment Types Research Evaluation Performance Measurement
  10. 10. Quantitative Numbers and percentages Information from most survey questions “Strongly Agree” = 4 “Agree” = 3 “Disagree” = 2 “Strongly Disagree” = 1
  11. 11. Qualitative Words, stories, photos, audio recordings, videos
  12. 12. Logic models
  13. 13. Evaluation plans
  14. 14. Evaluation plans Activities Outputs & Implementation Questions Data Collection Method (How to Measure) Data Collection Effort (have, low, med, high) Activity Group Outputs Questions Activity Group Outputs Questions
  15. 15. www.innonet.org/PointK
  16. 16. www.innonet.org/resources ynpn
  17. 17. Johanna Morariu Director jmorariu@innonet.org @j_morariu Ann Emery Associate aemery@innonet.org @annkemery Thank You! Innovation Network

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