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Program evaluation is a component of program design and implementation that is often considered after the program is in place and serving a population. Designing a program with measurable goals in ...

Program evaluation is a component of program design and implementation that is often considered after the program is in place and serving a population. Designing a program with measurable goals in mind creates stronger programming, gives grant proposals a competitive edge, and provides an agency with useful feedback to help achieve its mission. Most importantly, program evaluation allows for program tweaking to deliver the best service possible to the client.

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  • If You Evaluate It, They Will Fund: Program Evaluation Essentials Cecilia Harry Special Thanks To Our Sponsors
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  • Today’s Speaker Cecilia Harry Economic Development Coordinator, Leavenworth County Development Corporation Hosting: Assisting with chat questions:Sam Frank, Synthesis Partnership April Hunt, Nonprofit Webinars
  • If You Evaluate It,They Will FundProgram Evaluation Essentials Cecilia Zappa Harry, MSW
  • Key Points• Program evaluation is a necessary step in program development to ensure quality programing and to maximize funding opportunities.• There are hidden benefits to incorporating program evaluation into your program, and can help you evaluate much more than just the outcomes of your program.
  • What you will learn• Why program evaluation is worth the effort• What makes a strong program• How to use a logic model• Types of evaluations techniques
  • What you will NOT learn• What makes your program strong or less strong• What evaluation techniques are best for your programming• How to conduct different evaluation techniques
  • Why Include ProgramEvaluation?• Stronger programming• Better grant proposals – More funding opportunities• More feedback for even stronger programming• Even more funding opportunities
  • Other Reasons for ProgramEvaluation• Required• Efficacy of new interventions• Accountability
  • What Makes a Strong Program?
  • What Makes a Strong Program?• Evidence-based foundation• Adequate staffing• Appropriate budget• Stable funding• Clear service philosophy - identity• Ongoing or finite presence• Conceptual/theoretical foundation• Empirical evaluation of services
  • The Logic Model Resources Client Outcomes Inputs Outputs Activities
  • The Logic Model Impact/Long- Short-Term Resources Activities Outputs Term Outcomes Outcomes (Goals Revisited)What is needed to What needs to be What What changes do What changes doaccomplish the done to accomplish events/products we expect to see in we expect toactivities? objective(s)? can we record or the short-term? eventually see in count to monitor the long-term? our activities?• Staff • Classes • Attendance • Increased • Longer-term• Materials • Counseling • Surveys knowledge demonstrations• Client • Programming • Level of • Changed of short-term population interaction patterns of outcomes • Occurrences of behavior • Will look improved • Self-reports similar to activity goals/ objectives
  • DISCLAIMER• The logic model IS NOT a form of evaluation• The logic model IS a framework to help shape programming and ensure evaluation is considered – Spells out assumptions – “If ______, then _____.”
  • Limitations• Representation, not reality• Focus is on expectations• Cause/effect relationship uncertain• Won’t know if it’s successful until you try
  • The Logic Model Impact/Long- Short-Term Resources Activities Outputs Term Outcomes E Outcomes E(Goals Revisited)What is needed to What needs to be What V What changes to VWhat changes doaccomplish the done to accomplish events/products we expect to see in we expect toactivities? objective(s)? can we record or A the short-term? Aeventually see in count to monitor L Lthe long-term? our activities? U U• Staff • Classes • Attendance • Increased • Longer-term• Materials • Counseling • Surveys A knowledge A demonstrations Client Programming • Level of Changed of short-term• population • interaction T• patterns of T outcomes • Occurrences of I behavior I• Will look improved • Self-reports similar to activity O O goals/ objectives N N
  • Evaluation Types• Needs assessment• Qualitative• Quantitative• Mixed methods (Qualitative & Quantitative)• Formative/process evaluation• Client satisfaction• Cost-effectiveness/analysis
  • Ethical Considerations• Participants must be volunteers• Disclosure of risks/discomforts to participants• Do no harm• Protection of sensitive informationVulnerable Populations• Children• Mental Capacity Considerations• Prisoners
  • Again, Why ProgramEvaluation?• Funding applications• Ongoing evaluation• Funding reports• Membership fundraising• New funding opportunities• Board reports• Mission drift prevention & strategic planning• Multiple goals with multiple objectives• Who is the client? You decide!
  • Resources• Program Evaluation: An Introduction by Royse, Thyer & Padget, 5th Edition, 2010• University of Wisconsin Extension – http://www.uwex.edu/ces/pdande/evaluation/evallogicmodel.html• W.K. Kellogg Foundation Logic Model Development Guide – http://www.wkkf.org/knowledge-center/resources/2006/02/WK- Kellogg-Foundation-Logic-Model-Development-Guide.aspx
  • Questions? Comments?• Webinar feedback• Cecilia Zappa Harry, MSW – charry@lvcountyed.org – http://about.me/ceciliaharry – Twitter: @cecilia_harry
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