9 Things to Look for When Evaluating a Grant Proposal

Connection Cafe

Ensuring that your foundation makes impactful grants to the right nonprofit partners starts with a thorough proposal evaluation. If appropriate for the grant size, is an experienced independent evaluator involved to administer the outcomes measurement plan?

A Guide to Evaluating Networks

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This was fairly early in the Foundation’s exploration of networks and Madeleine came in to discuss her approach to evaluating networks. Fast forward five years, Madeleine has published a new guide on evaluating networks. Three pillars of focus in network evaluation.

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3 Factors to Consider When Evaluating New Technology

Connection Cafe

Here are a few factors that should be considered when evaluating your current and future technology platforms: Create bring your own device policies. Evaluate whether your current technology still meets your needs. Do your due diligence when evaluating your technology.

Are You an "Accidental Evaluator?"

NTEN

Director of Evaluation. Regardless of your personal or organization’s viewpoint on the use of data, you, like many nonprofit professionals, may be asked to serve as an “accidental evaluator:” you may not be trained in evaluation, but you are asked to do it anyway as part of your job. Data evaluation measuring impact Program Laura Beals. Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Boston.

My Notes from Next Generation Evaluation Meeting

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The opening keynote by Hallie Preskill, Managing Director, FSG talked about the trends setting the stage for new evaluation methods, but also cautioned that these methods would not replace traditional methods. I followed the developmental evaluation thread most closely.

Strategies for Program Evaluation in the 21st Century

NTEN

The only way to know is to roll up our sleeves and evaluate. This article highlights a technology-based program evaluation strategy, using research from Idealware’s new report, Understanding Software for Program Evaluation. Kyle Henri Andrei. Research Analyst. Idealware.

Evidence = Funding: A new blueprint for evaluation plans

NTEN

The White House's Social Innovation Fund has developed a new program evaluation guide based on best practices. Data evaluation grantmaking social innovation fun Strategy Fundraising Michael D. Smith. Director. Social Innovation Fund.

Holy Awesome – NTEN’s Impact Evaluation

SocialFish

NTEN has just made public their IMPACT EVALUATION. Evaluating NTEN’s Impact. We’ve struggled with the idea of evaluation and just how to measure our impact when it is so deeply entwined with the work and efforts of other organizations. See the Impact Evaluation here.

Getting Technology to Work for Your Evaluation Needs

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Director of Evaluation. Your guide to choosing a database your evaluation goals can love. A few months ago, I asked, “ Are You an Accidental Evaluator ?” Data data analysis data culture evaluation IT Staff Laura Beals. Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Boston.

Evaluating Networks and their Effectiveness

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I entered the community as a foundation evaluator wanting to find the best strategies and tools for documenting and learning about networks but also for measuring those difficult-to-pin-down outcomes and impact. Tom Kelly is the Associate Director for Evaluation at the Annie E.

Creating Your Own Lens: 4 Tips for Evaluating Fundraising Advice

Connection Cafe

Rather than ignore all advice or grow frustrated by the differing opinions, keep reading — it expands your mind—but create your own lens for evaluating advice. 4 Tips for Evaluating Fundraising Advice : Look at the credentials of the writers you respect. Evaluate it.

Evaluating mHealth Solutions for Healthcare Organizations

Mobile Commons

The post Evaluating mHealth Solutions for Healthcare Organizations appeared first on Mobile Commons. A revolution is underway in the healthcare industry, and it hinges on a technology that fits in your pocket.

Predictive Program Evaluation: Don't React, Predict

NTEN

To truly understand the power of a predictive program evaluation solution, let's first discuss three common misconceptions that many nonprofit organizations have. Any type of program evaluation tends to be reactive: something went right, so we keep on doing it, or something went wrong, so we try to fix it. We call this predictive program evaluation, which is fueled by predictive analytics. Mary Grace Bateman. Market Manager.

Should you evaluate your blog the way you evaluate your employees?

AFP Blog

Should you evaluate your blog the way you evaluate your employees? : So how should you get started with evaluating your social media presence? Start by taking a look are your company’s regular employee evaluation form. Chances are the form has some variation on the following questions: What are three things the employee does well? What are three things the employee needs to improve? What are the employee’s goals for the coming period?

Adventures in Evaluating Participatory Exhibits: An In-Depth Look at the Memory Jar Project

Museum 2.0

THE RESEARCH The challenge, of course, was to figure out how to evaluate the experience in a way that would help us identify the power of the project. I think most of us are familiar with interview and survey-based evaluation methods. A man walks into a museum. He shares a story.

A Hierachy of Program Evaluation Metrics

Idealware

We're diving into researching data-based decision making for a couple of projects, which includes metrics for program evaluation. Evaluation is a well trod field --a lot of people have said a lot of things about it.

Human Services Nonprofits Reveal Struggle to Evaluate Their Outcomes

Tech Soup Blog

Of course nonprofits’ ability to accurately evaluate their impact is married to their funding. How Much Time Is Spent on Evaluation? Obstacles to Evaluation. Additional Resources: Foundation Center’s Evaluation for Nonprofit Organizations.

Webinar Recap: Short Evaluations of Real Websites

Tech Soup Blog

On November 10, we had a different kind of webinar here at TechSoup called Short Evaluations of Real Websites. enough to offer their websites up to be evaluated in a public webinar. During the hour, web design experts Susanne Hempel and Steve Williams (both from SAP , a donor partner of TechSoup) took a look at four websites from various. organizations around the country. These organizations were gracious. forum, and I want to send my whole-hearted appreciation out to them.

Launch Day: Understanding Software for Program Evaluation

Idealware

Program evaluation is on our minds lately here at Idealware, and why not? Do you need technology to evaluate programs? If an organization cannot measure and analyze the effectiveness of its programs, how can it improve them?

A Hierarchy of Program Evaluation Metrics

Idealware

We're diving into researching data-based decision making for a couple of projects, which includes metrics for program evaluation. Evaluation is a well trod field --a lot of people have said a lot of things about it.

How Do We Measure Nonprofit Effectiveness?

NTEN

Data evaluation Leadership Nell Edgington nptech nten social velocity Strategy success Program Nell Edgington. President. Social Velocity.

Autumn: A Time for Harvest and Reflection

Connection Cafe

Don’t limit the evaluation of your success just to dollars raised for each program. For example, you could look at evaluating the following: How many newly identified mid-level and major gift prospects have come to the forefront?

Upcoming Webinar on November 10: Short Evaluations of Real Websites

Tech Soup Blog

Pacific time for Short Evaluations of Real Websites. Curious to see what website experts really think when they look at a website? Join us on Thursday, November 10 at 11 a.m. This free one-hour webinar is presented in cooperation with SAP , a TechSoup donor partner. During the hour, web design experts Susanne Hempel and Steve Williams will take a look at a succession of real nonprofit and library websites.

Network-Centric Success? Read the Health Care Campaign Evaluation

Network-Centric Advocacy

Dan Cramer of Grassroots Solutions and Tom Novick of M+R Strategic Services (M+R) provide a fantastic evaluation. Evaluation: Executive Summary of Findings and Lessons from the HCAN Campaign | Atlantic Philanthropies It is a great piece of work. Even the evaluation at $170,000 is a tiny % of 47 million dollar campaign.

Arts Assessment: Let's Stop "Proving" and Start Improving

Museum 2.0

evaluation research Research and assessment is rare in the arts, and it tends to focus on "proving" our value. Economic impact studies. Studies of how arts participation affects student test scores.

Measure what Matters

NTEN

They can achieve this understanding by implementing a realistic and meaningful evaluation system. Data evaluation Leadership Chari Smith. Founder. CRSmith Consulting. Are these the data you're looking for? Exploring what to measure is the first step on a journey to greater impact.

Build, Buy, or Customize?

Connection Cafe

Evaluate your team: Do you have the right skills sets and capacity in house? Procurement Technology API Bespoke Cost Custom Development Customisation Customization Developer DevKit Evaluation ROI SDK technology

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ASKing about Art at the Brooklyn Museum: Interview with Shelley Bernstein and Sara Devine

Museum 2.0

We began with a series of internal meetings to evaluate our current visitor experience and set a goal for the project. design evaluation exhibition informatics institutional change interview Museums Engaging in 2.0

Data Visualizations to Effectively Communicate Impact

NTEN

How to buck the unfortunate trend of data visualizations in evaluation that suck. Data data visualization evaluation Program Stephanie Evergreen. Evergreen Data. If you’re like me, you’re crunching numbers on your impact metrics at the last minute, pulling together a report on the fly.

Software for Program Evaluation: What's Your Organization's Strategy?

Tech Soup Blog

Most nonprofits conduct some kind of program evaluation, whether it’s simply keeping track of how many people have been directly helped by an organization’s services or complex multi-year studies of a program’s effects on the larger community. There is a wealth of resources out there for a nonprofit looking to design a logic model or define indicators, and lots of smart people have plenty to say about program evaluation as a discipline.

We Need Fewer Bottom Lines in Nonprofits

Museum 2.0

We''ve been on a big evaluation push at my museum, and the hardest part is editing ourselves down to a few indicators that we feel consistently reflect impact. business models evaluation institutional change If you run a for-profit business, the bottom line is your financial profit.

Try a New Way to Graph Survey Data in 2015

NTEN

Data data visualization evaluation Communications Stephanie Evergreen. Evergreen Data. Explore a whole new data visualization wardrobe for 2015. May we suggest the Likert scale line?

How To Avoid 8 Common Performance Evaluation Pitfalls

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 How To Avoid 8 Common Performance Evaluation Pitfalls As the year comes to a close its likely time for many business leaders to tackle the annual performance appraisal process. Rating someone based on a short time period instead of the entire evaluation period 8.

Guest Post: Using Visitor Participation to Improve Object Labels at the San Diego Natural History Museum

Museum 2.0

To date, the solution has been to put photos on the walls, pray for funding, and ignore the front-end evaluation bit. evaluation exhibition participatory museum guestpost

How To Avoid 8 Performance Evaluation Pitfalls

Eric Jacobsen Blog

You'll learn how to avoid eight performance evaluation pitfalls in what I think is the best chapter of the book, The Essential HR Handbook , written by Sharon Armstrong and Barbara Mitchell. Rating someone based on a short time period instead of the entire evaluation period 8.

How Do We Measure Nonprofit Effectiveness?

NTEN

Data evaluation Leadership Nell Edgington nptech nten social velocity Strategy success Program Nell Edgington. President. Social Velocity.

Reflection and Evaluation

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Reflection and Evaluation March 10, 2008 Michele Martin, one of my fave bloggers, has a great post today on Reflective Practice. One question I asked all of them was about whether they had a process of reflection and evaluation of their work, as it was going on, and when the project was coming to a close.

Our Museum: Extraordinary Resources on How Museums and Galleries Become Participatory Places

Museum 2.0

Extra credit if you read the Our Museum evaluation (or its summary ) as well. The evaluation additionally called out some faulty assumptions in program design about leadership and staff continuity throughout the multi-year process. evaluation institutional change participatory museum

Take the Wild Apricot Test: How much Nonprofit Knowledge Do You Know

Wild Apricot Blog

management membership events evaluation test apricotWild Apricot is jam-packed (apricot jam that is) with tonnes of resources to help you succeed with your organization. Take our test to see how much Wild Apricot knowledge you've picked up!

It Might Just Be My Favorite Year: 2014 in review

NTEN

14ntc Community digital inclusion evaluation net neutrality women in tech Amy Sample Ward. It's time to take a moment to marvel at the wonders that the nonprofit technology has made possible this year (thanks, team!). I know you''re not supposed to have favorites, but 2014 has truly been an incredible year. The successes and challenges punctuating the past year have demonstrated the importance and growing strength of the nonprofit technology sector.