How do you know the evaluation is working?

How do you know the evaluation is working?

Evaluators are funny people. We like to evaluate everything, from programs, to ourselves, to our own evaluations. I often ask myself, “How do I know my evaluation is working?” As an internal evaluator in a DC youth center, one of my tasks is to create…

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When building a logic model, how important is formatting?

When building a logic model, how important is formatting?

Formatting is not important! When building a logic model, the process itself is more valuable than the finished product. Logic models help you visualize what you’re doing (“activities”) and the goals for your program (short-term, medium-term, and long-term “outcomes”). Most importantly, logic models help you explain the…

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Logic models are the heart of program evaluation

Logic models are the heart of program evaluation

One of our youth center’s talented staff members is considering evaluation as a career. She’s approached me a few times and asked to volunteer on evaluation projects. What type of project can you give a novice evaluator? Data analysis? Writing a report? Conducting a focus group?…

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What does it mean to have an organizational culture of learning?

What does it mean to have an organizational culture of learning?

As an internal evaluator in a multiservice community-based youth center, one of my many roles and goals is to foster an organizational culture of learning and evaluation. What does this really mean? And how do we know whether we’ve achieved it? One of several frameworks for…

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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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