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Evaluation Consultants

The American Evaluation Association is an international professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many other forms of evaluation.  Visit us here.

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Overviews & Definitions

The Free Management Library provides free, easy-to-access, online articles to develop yourself, other individuals, groups and organizations (whether the organization is for-profit or nonprofit). Over the past 15 years, the Library has grown to be one of the world’s largest well-organized collections of these types of articles and resources.

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GrantSpace, a service of the Foundation Center, offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of nonprofits worldwide in need of know-how for securing funding and operating effective organizations.  Visit them here.

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Tools for Boards

BoardSource is dedicated to advancing the public good by building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service. BoardSource strives to support and promote excellence in board service, is the premier source of cutting-edge thinking and resources related to nonprofit boards, and engages and develops the next generation of board leaders.

BoardSource provides

  • knowledge and resources for nonprofit leaders through workshops, training, assessment tools, an extensive Web site, and a membership program
  • governance consultants who work directly with nonprofit leaders to design specialized solutions to meet an organization’s needs
  • the world’s largest, most comprehensive selection of material on nonprofit governance, including publications and CDs
  • an annual conference that convenes approximately 900 governance experts, board members, chief executives, and senior staff from around the world to discuss the newest thinking and practices in nonprofit governance.
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Tools for Evaluation Planning

Innovation Network provides program planning and evaluation consulting, training, and web-based tools to nonprofits and funders across geographic and programmatic boundaries. They aim to make evaluation accessible to all nonprofits, so they have the knowledge and skills to manage and improve their work.  Learn more here.

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The Online Evaluation Resource Library (OERL) was developed for professionals seeking to design, conduct, document, or review project evaluations. The purpose of this system is to collect and make available evaluation plans, instruments, and reports for NSF projects that can be used as examples by Principal Investigators, project evaluators, and others outside the NSF community as they design proposals and projects. OERL also includes professional development modules that can be used to better understand and utilize the materials made available.  Visit them here.

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This handbook provides a framework for thinking about evaluation as a relevant and useful program tool.  Access it here.

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Useful Additional Resources

This document provides guidance toward planning and implementing an evaluation process for for-profit or nonprofit programs — there are many kinds of evaluations that can be applied to programs, for example, goals-based, process-based and outcomes-based.  Learn more here.

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Evaluation for Nonprofit Organizations

The bibliography was created to help grantmakers and grantseekers keep up with the latest developments in nonprofit evaluation. This resource list contains citations to selected works from the Foundation Center’s Catalog of Nonprofit Literature, as well as links to useful Web resources.  View it, here.

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The Harvard Family Research Project has supported thousands of people who have used our publications, tools, and workshops to:

  • Make programs more effective
  • Demonstrate results
  • Learn to navigate tough evaluation challenges
  • Read the latest promising practices
  • Shape the direction of research projects

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Perhaps the best way to benefit from this topic is first to scan the subtopics in the following table, including how they are arranged on this page. The left side of the table lists the typical topics in Board operations, and the right side lists the typical functions in an organization that a Board must oversee.  Learn more here.

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This is one of a series of briefings prepared by the Justice Research and Statistics Association’s Juvenile Justice Evaluation Center (JJEC) project. The purpose of this briefing series is to provide juvenile justice program managers with information that will help them to evaluate their programs.

Find more information on Hiring and Working With an Evaluator.

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Point K’s tools and resources build nonprofits’ ability to plan and evaluate their own programs.  Access them here.

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Nonprofits today are being pressed to demonstrate the effectiveness of their program activities by initiating and completing outcome-oriented evaluation of projects. This guide was developed to provide practical assistance to nonprofits engaged in this process.

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The Outcome Indicators Project provides a framework for tracking nonprofit performance. It suggests candidate outcomes and outcome indicators to assist nonprofit organizations that seek to develop new outcome monitoring processes or improve their existing systems.

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Evaluation research takes a variety of forms that serve different purposes and address different questions. Because time, dollar, and technical resources are often limited, it makes sense to consider what is most important to learn and how results will be used.  Discover more here.

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University of Missouri Extension has adopted the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension logic model as part of the program development process. A logic model depicts program action by describing what the program is and what it will do – the sequence of events that links program investments to results. Learn more, here.

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