Registration for this course is through Northampton Community College. For more information visit their website - https://lifelearn.northampton.edu/modules/shop/index.html?action=courseBrowse&CatalogID=4070036
Program evaluation is no longer optional, particularly when dealing with funders. Although we may have reluctantly entered into the world of evaluation, it provides information valuable to understanding our programs and making smart choices and decisions.
You will leave this class with a greater ability to understand, verify and/or increase the impact of your services, and demonstrate outcomes. You will see that program evaluation need not consume vast amounts of time and money to be of value and learn that simple systematic methods of collecting, analyzing, and using information to answer basic questions about a program can easily be incorporated into any program design and delivery.
At this same time, you’ll learn how program evaluation allows us to move beyond just instincts, anecdotal information and/or educated guesses to know how your programs are meeting promised goals and whether all of your resources are being directed effectively. With evaluation and the accurate data it provides, you can improve your delivery systems and become more efficient and effective, as you identify strengths and weaknesses. With this overview of key program evaluation tools, including a step-by-step model, the class will engage in focused dialogue about concrete ways to assess your programs. You will leave with proven tools, approaches, techniques, and ideas that are customizable to the evaluation of a wide range of programs within your organization.