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Evaluation & Outcomes

Evaluation & OutcomesEvaluation is carefully collecting information about something in order to make necessary decisions about it. Nonprofit organizations - and funders - are increasingly interested in outcomes-based evaluation to find the most efficient and effective way to meet the mission. This information and articles on this page strive to assist you in making meaning of the evaluation process.

Untangling the Elements of Impact

Source: Blue Avocado
This excerpt from The Sustainability Mindset: Using the Matrix Map to Make Strategic Decisions examines the elements of impact, and suggests a variety of criteria you can use to evaulate your organization's impact.
Posted on: June 26, 2015
Topics: Evaluation | Organizational Assessment | Outcomes

Idealware’s Results Data Initiatives

Source: Idealware
Idealware collected more than 300 initiatives that share program results data across multiple organizations, and made findings and data about the initiatives available online.
Posted on: March 16, 2015
Topics: Data & Research | Evaluation | Outcomes | Program Planning & Evaluation

4 Tips for Measuring Outcomes Instead of Activities

Jason Saul, Founder & CEO of Mission Measurement LLC and presenter at some of the Center's past workshops, shares some great tips on measuring outcomes, not activities, on Philanthropy.com's Measuring Up blog.
Posted on: June 19, 2014
Topics: Data & Research | Evaluation | Outcomes

Effective Nonprofit Evaluation

Source: TCC Group
This paper defines the Community of Leaders (CoL) evaluation model and provides a step-by-step guide showing how to create and develop a community of learners for evaluative learning and decision making across a wide range of nonprofits.
Posted on: November 13, 2013
Topics: Evaluation | Outcomes

A Decade of Outcome-Oriented Philanthropy

Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review
A look back on the beginnings of "strategic philanthropy" and what the future may hold.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Data & Research | Evaluation | Outcomes | Philanthropy | Strategy

Online Logic Model Tutorial

Source: University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension
An on-line tutorial that is a learning tool for understanding and applying the logic model.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Evaluation | Outcomes | Program Planning & Evaluation | Data & Research
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