How To Evaluate Your Nonprofit Programs

“Everything that can be counted doesn’t necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.” ~ Albert Einstein

Nonprofits face many questions when evaluating their programs. What data is most important to collect? Which evaluation methods should be used? What is a theory of change?  How much resource should be invested?

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According to a national study by Innovation Network, 90% of nonprofits are engaged in some type of evaluation, but limited time, resources and know-how are among the obstacles to meaningful engagement in evaluation. Although there is no one-size-fits-all approach to evaluation, the following resources can help organizations think through some of the key elements:

Center for Employment Opportunities

The Center for Employment Opportunities’ employment reentry intervention has been evaluated through a three-year national study using a random assignment research design.

Many local organizations do a great job of evaluating their programs to measure impact, understand what is or is not working or gain insights for future action. The following are strong evaluation practices that have been shared with us: 

Do you have a great evaluation practice to share?  Please share your best practices and reports in the comments below.

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