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.

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.

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?

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.

3 Questions Environmental Organizations Should Ask When Evaluating a CRM

Everyaction

You’ll have the CRM that you choose for several years (at least), so it is important to be forward-thinking in your approach to evaluating vendors. Once you’ve made the decision to search for a new CRM for your nonprofit, the task can seem daunting.

Evaluation and being a learning organization

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Beth Kanter tweeted about an article by Gale Berkowitz relating to evaluation, which I found really fascinating – it is a must read. In this article, Gale points to an interesting shift within her organization (the Packard Foundation): “Over the past four years we have been shifting from evaluation for proof or accountability (“Did the program work?”) to evaluation for program improvement (“What did we learn that can help us make the program better?”).&#.

Evaluation and being a learning organization

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Beth Kanter tweeted about an article by Gale Berkowitz relating to evaluation, which I found really fascinating – it is a must read. In this article, Gale points to an interesting shift within her organization (the Packard Foundation): “Over the past four years we have been shifting from evaluation for proof or accountability (“Did the program work?”) to evaluation for program improvement (“What did we learn that can help us make the program better?”).&#.

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.

Next Generation Evaluation: Embracing Complexity, Connectivity, and Change

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

” So, I’m very curious about what is next the generation of evaluation? ” Key trends: What are the fundamental forces driving the need for social sector evaluation to evolve? These approaches have the potential to change how we view evaluation in a significant way.

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?

Six Tips for Evaluating Your Nonprofit Training Session

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Our session will share lots of great advice about what to do before , during , and after leading an effective technology training. Using the ADDIE for designing your workshop, you arrive at the “E” or evaluation. There are two different methods to evaluate your training.

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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.

How Should Funders Evaluate Charities?

Frogloop

When I’m evaluating a charity for a client who is looking to make a significant donation to a nonprofit, I measure 4 key things: 1. The three powerhouses, Guidestar, Charity Navigator, and Better Business Bureau, that foundations, philanthropists, and donors use to seek out information and ratings about nonprofits released an open letter to the nonprofit and foundation world yesterday.

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.

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.

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.

How To Evaluate Your Customer Service Phone Team

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Timm that you can use to evaluate your organization's customer service via the phone: 1.

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.

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

AFP Blog

Software for Program Evaluation: What''s Your Organization''s Strategy? 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. But at Idealware, we’ve noticed that very little has been said about how software can fit into and support a nonprofit’s program evaluation strategy

Evaluating Evaluation: Behind the scenes of NTEN's new worksheets

NTEN

"Check your assumptions at the meeting room door" and other lessons learned from NTEN's meta-evaluation process. Evaluating our evaluation. And in evaluating our evaluation process, we found that it was the people and not the data that needed to be addressed further. Data evaluation idealware Leadership Amy Sample Ward.

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.

Getting Technology to Work for Your Evaluation Needs

NTEN

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.

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.

How To Evaluate Your Leadership Style

Eric Jacobsen Blog

How to Evaluate Your Leadership Style By Ken Blanchard, Co-author of Great Leaders Grow: Becoming a Leader for Life Today, I'm going to give a short, one-question quiz. In honor of Ken Blanchard 's and Mark Miller 's book, Great Leaders Grow , I welcome guest blogger Ken Blanchard.

How To Evaluate Your Leadership Style

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Ken Blanchard , author of, Great Leaders Grow , shares today's guest post: How to Evaluate Your Leadership Style By Ken Blanchard, Co-author of Great Leaders Grow: Becoming a Leader for Life Today, I'm going to give a short, one-question quiz.

Evaluating Wikis

Idealware

I'm following up on my post suggesting that Wikis should be grabbing a portion of the market from word processors. Wikis are convenient collaborative editing platforms that remove a lot of the legacy awkwardness that traditional editing software brings to writing for the web. Gone are useless print formatting functions like pagination and margins; huge file sizes; and the need to email around multiple versions of the same document.

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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.

FAQs about Joining a Nonprofit Board: How to Evaluate Your Fit with the Executive Director

BoardAssist

From Giving Back : FAQs about Joining a Nonprofit Board: How to Evaluate Your Fit with the Executive Director. The post FAQs about Joining a Nonprofit Board: How to Evaluate Your Fit with the Executive Director appeared first on BoardAssist.

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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 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.

Avoid These Eight Performance Evaluation Pitfalls

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Here is a good reminder from author Sharon Armstrong about how to avoid eight performance evaluation pitfalls. Rating someone based on a short time period instead of the entire evaluation period 8.

Software to Support Program Evaluation by Laura Quinn of Idealware | Community Techknowledge

AFP Blog

Software to Support Program Evaluation by Laura Quinn of Idealware | Community Techknowledge : But what parts? To find out, we talked to a number of nonprofit program evaluation experts to explore the types of systems that can aid with program evaluation, and how they might fit in to the overall process. What we learned is that it requires more than just a software program to evaluate programs effectively, but the right software can help

Program Evaluation on the Brain

Idealware

We''ve had program evaluation on the brain lately at Idealware, and for good reason. Adding to our growing litany of program evaluation-related resources, Idealware''s Director of Research and Operations Elizabeth Pope recently wrote about the topic for the TechSoup blog. 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.".

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Foundations Seeing Results of Evaluating Their Impact

AFP Blog

PRESS RELEASEFoundations Seeing Results of Evaluating Their Impact: "Foundations Seeing Results of Evaluating Their ImpactCase studies highlight foundations using real-time feedback to refine or change course BOSTON, June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Annie E. Casey Foundation used an innovative evaluation process to recover more than $2.5

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.

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

And like those other core functions, we must examine our technology and data strategies to properly evaluate and prioritize our needs and successfully build our digital capacity. It's finally here!

Guest Post by Gale Berkowitz: Evaluation for Learning

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: This post, Evaluation for Learning , was originally published as a guest post on the Good blog as a response to “ How Might We Celebrate Learning through Evaluation? I'm republishing here because I think several of the principles for evaluation that Gale outlines are very important to approaching how you pilot, monitor, and improve your social media strategy over time so it has impact or ROI. In truth, evaluations rarely are either one or the other.

GUIDE: Growing and Sustaining your Volunteer Program

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

By evaluating your existing volunteer program and renewing your focus on recruitment and retention, you can build a thriving and sustainable volunteer program that will propel your work forward. Evaluating Your Existing Volunteer Program.

How Can Systematic Evaluation of a Volunteer Program Positively Impact an Organization?

ASU Lodestar Center

Evaluating volunteer programs within nonprofit organizations is a key step in continual improvement and data collection. Due to a sector-wide leadership crisis and continual staff burnout, volunteer management and evaluation plays a crucial role in the livelihood of nonprofit organizations.

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.

How To Evaluate Your Customer Service Phone Team

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Timm that you can use to evaluate your organization's customer service via the phone: 1.

Quick Hit: Five Evaluation Reports on Participatory Projects

Museum 2.0

I want to share a few fabulous evaluation and research studies that have greatly informed my work (and specifically, the development of The Participatory Museum , which is going to the printer this weekend). Tags: evaluation Quick Hits

Telling the story in a new way: Should arts leaders use impact evaluation?

ASU Lodestar Center

Impact evaluation in the arts, and its broader use for leaders of any nonprofit, can drive results. Qualitative yet empirically-based impact evaluation bridges the gap left by other evaluative methods providing the context of mission fulfillment for a nonprofit organization.