If you were a program funder…

If you were a program funder…

If you worked for the federal, state, or local government, or if you worked for a foundation, or if you were a private donor… Would you rather fund a program that: Had zero prior evaluation data vs. had prior evaluation data that showed little or no positive results?…

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How Do You Master So Many Content Areas?

How Do You Master So Many Content Areas?

I work at a large urban youth center with about 50 distinct youth development programs all under one roof. It’s exciting to work at a multiservice agency where children, teens, and adults in the community can access so many services all in one building. I…

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The many faces of program evaluation

The many faces of program evaluation

Program evaluation can take many forms depending on the type of information that people are hoping to gather. As an internal evaluator at a large urban youth center, I evaluate each of our 50+ youth development programs. Each evaluation is a little different because different…

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Why I love program evaluation

Why I love program evaluation

There are so many wonderful things about program evaluation. Here are a few: Program evaluation helps everyday people make sense of numbers. Program evaluation helps the people who run programs understand the link between what they’re doing and what they hope to accomplish. This is one of…

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Most challenging parts of program evaluation

Most challenging parts of program evaluation

I *love* program evaluation, but we all have the occasional frustration. Here are the most challenging parts of program evaluation for me personally: Data quality issues – when that report is due to the funder within 12 hours, and you just found out about the…

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