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 is no longer optional; you must do it. If you don’t, how do you know whether the programs that you are offering and the services you providing your clients are really making the difference you say they make? Can you ethically continue to do what you do without knowing if what you are doing is truly achieving the promised ends? Believing and wanting to do good and having the data that will demonstrate how well you are doing are two very different things. Gone are the days when belief and desire were sufficient; today you must have hard data. So, the question now isn’t whether to do program evaluation (also known as impact evaluation) or not, but rather how best to do it.
This class will show you how to move beyond using instincts, anecdotal information and/or educated guesses to documenting how your programs are/are not meeting their promised goals and, thus, whether your resources are being directed effectively. It will provide you with simple systematic methods for collecting, analyzing, and using information, including a step-by-step model for an evaluation design, to answer basic questions about a program such as: “Is this program meeting its promised impact?” “Is it working better for some subset(s) of clients over others?” “How might we tweak the program make it have even more impact?” You will leave with proven tools, approaches, techniques, and ideas that are customizable to a wide range of programs and to your organization’s and staff’s capacity and give you the data you need for sound decision making and sharing with donors, clients, staff, and others.