Evaluation quick start


The year is almost over but it’s not too late to create the most effective evaluation plan your program has ever had. In fact, now is the perfect time to use evaluation to reflect back on the past year and plan for the coming year. All you need is one program metric and a willing team.

Let’s do it.

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Measuring quality, quantity, and results

One of the risks when developing an evaluation plan, is developing measures without being really clear about what kind of measure they are or how we’re going to use them to understand our program. In this post, I’m going to talk about process measures (AKA outputs) and outcome measures — how they are different from each other and how they are both useful in understanding a program.

When evaluating your programs, you may want to consider two kinds of measures: process measures and outcome measures. Process measures help you assess what you’re doing and how well you’re doing it, and they are evaluated while the program is in progress. Outcome measures evaluate the effect the program has/had on its target population (its impact), and they can be assessed during or after the program is complete. 

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3 keys to selecting measures for nonprofit performance management

Many nonprofits are looking at performance management as a way to improve their ability to provide services and to use data intentionally for strategic planning. Here, when I say performance management system, I mean the collection of process and outcome measures that your organization collects and its approach to using those measures in strategic decision-making.…

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