Category: Evaluation News

A User’s Guide to Advocacy Evaluation Planning

A User’s Guide to Advocacy Evaluation Planning was developed by the Harvard Family Research Project for advocates, evaluators, and funders who want guidance on how to evaluate advocacy and policy change efforts. This tool takes users through four basic steps that generate the core elements of an advocacy evaluation plan, including what will be measured and… Read more »

Are you looking to brush up on your qualitative interviewing skills? In this 20-minute webinar, qualitative expert Geri Peak will discuss strategies for in-person interviewing in one-on-one or group settings. She will share specific skills and techniques to clarify input, manage emotional responses and facilitate the conversation without leading, re-interpreting, shutting down or otherwise disrupting the… Read more »

Do you need to prepare a logic model for your program but don’t know where to start?  In this webinar offered by evaluator Kylie Hutchinson of Community Solutions, learn why a logic model is a critical tool for program planning and evaluation and how to develop one that is both simple, flexible, and useful. What… Read more »

Are you applying for funding for a new program?  Make your proposal more compelling by including a comprehensive needs assessment. Kylie Hutchinson, Principal Consultant of Community Solutions, is offering a webinar in which you will learn how to conduct a needs assessment that covers all the bases, provides a strong argument for support, and yield… Read more »

We’ve all heard the story: an innovative program was successful but had to stop because major or seed funding was discontinued. However, research in the area of program sustainability has shown that there are concrete steps you can take to increase the longevity of your programs. Learn what factors can increase the sustainability odds of your… Read more »

During my time as an evaluation consultant, I have listened to many governmental and non-profit agencies criticize logic models for being overly simplistic and time consuming. While these critiques are warranted, I encourage such agencies to revisit the use of these program planning tools. The American Evaluation Association offers a pre-recorded webinar in which presenter… Read more »

Are you looking for strategies for success in securing grant money? In this 20-minute webinar, Nicole Bowman of Bowman Performance Consulting will briefly revisit the four phase framework for developing a comprehensive funding strategy and emphasize the second phase: Developing a Project & Grant Proposal Concept. This webinar is designed to give you concrete tools… Read more »

The Attribution Dilemma in Evaluation

How do you know if your program or intervention is responsible for outcomes that are being observed? If it is apparent that the program is playing a role, how much of an influence is the intervention having on observed outcomes? These questions often challenge evaluators and are commonly referred to as the “attribution versus contribution”… Read more »

Program Evaluation Examples From Start to Finish

When developing an evaluation project, it can be useful to review examples of evaluations that have been conducted in the past. The Community Toolbox developed by the University of Kansas describes the steps taken to evaluate a number of community-based programs in the past. To access this useful resource, click here. As mentioned in a… Read more »

In the last decade, “evidence-based decision making” has been described as a best practice across multiple contexts and settings. The process of how to actually make evidence-based decisions is less clear. The CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention has developed an interactive web resource developed that supports practitioners in making evidence-informed decisions.The American Evaluation Association is… Read more »

Evaluation stakeholders are becoming less interested in reading lengthy, formal evaluation reports. InsightShare, a data visualization consulting firm, has proposed a new and engaging way to share evaluation results – Photostories. On a recent blog post by the American Evaluation Association, they describe photostories as a new format developed by InsightShare for sharing project case… Read more »

AEA 365: Tip-a-Day on Evaluation

Are you interested in learning useful evaluation tips from experts around the world? The American Evaluation Association sponsors a blog that is dedicated to highlighting Hot Tips, Cool Tricks, Rad Resources, and Lessons Learned related to evaluation. The blog, called “AEA 365: Tip-a-Day on Evaluation” features a post a day from and for evaluators around the globe…. Read more »