Registration for this course is through Bucks County Community College. For more information visit their website - http://www.bucks.edu/businesscareer/pro-dev/browsebyindustry/nonprofitmanagement/
Program evaluation has become part of the nonprofit lexicon, 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 greater ability to understand, verify 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. By demonstrating how program evaluation is a systematic method for collecting, analyzing, and using information to answer basic questions about a program, you will become more comfortable.
At this same time, you’ll learn how the process forces us to move beyond just instincts, or anecdotal information, or educated guesses, to know what clients really need, whether you are providing that and whether your resources are being directed effectively. With evaluation and the accurate data it provides, you can improve your delivery systems and become more efficient, 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.