Does your organization have an evaluation plan? Do you know your Theory of Change, your program assumptions, and how and why your organization collects and shares impact data? Chances are, even if you previously knew your data and evaluation processes, things have shifted in the past year and it might be a good time for a refresh.
Join this working group to learn about the components of an evaluation plan, gain expert and peer feedback as you complete tasks, and carve out time in your schedule to connect with your internal team. This work group is offered virtually and you can catch the sessions live or on-demand at a time that works for your schedule. The structured pace provides accountability to ensure you end the year with a clear evaluation plan for 2021.
Evaluation plans are collaborative efforts, and we encourage multiple members of your team to join. From your program staff who collect data, to your executive leaders and fundraisers who use data to make a case for your organization, the best evaluation plans have input from multiple staff members. Participants can expect to spend around 2 hours per week over 6 weeks working toward a finalized Evaluation Plan.
This workgroup is ideal for anyone at your nonprofit who is responsible for collecting or reporting data, including program managers, fundraisers, and executives. Join as a team and save.
Work Group Objectives:
Participants will leave this work group with a complete evaluation plan for their organization and a deeper understanding of core concepts about data and evaluation.
Specific learning session objectives include:
- 1. Principles of Evaluation + Theory of Change
- Identifying assumptions, key outcomes, and indicators
- Understanding your stakeholders and their preferences
- Developing program descriptions
- 2. Evaluation Purpose:
- Prioritizing and clarifying data needs
- Reviewing data collection methods and tools
- Developing evaluation questions
- Clarifying how evaluation data will be used and shared
- 3. Evaluation Logistics:
- Journey Mapping (to identify data collection opportunities)
- Testing data collection tools
- Allocating resources, defining roles and responsibilities, and outlining the timeline
The Evaluation Plan Work Group consists of 3 Learning Sessions spaced with time to complete tasks in between. It also includes 2 Feedback Calls to ask questions, reflect, and gain expert and peer feedback for components of your organization's evaluation plan.
All learning sessions will be available on-demand after the "live" session. Feedback calls require your active participation.
- Monday, 11/2 3:30-5:00 PM (or on-demand) – Kick Off + Learning Session 1
- After the kickoff, all sessions will occur on Fridays at 10:00am.
- Friday, 11/13 10:00-11:30 AM (or on-demand) – Learning Session 2
- Friday, 11/20 10:00-11:30 AM – Feedback Call 1
- Friday, 11/27 - Thanksgiving Break – No Session
- Friday, 12/4 10:00-11:30 AM (or on-demand) – Learning Session 3
- Friday, 12/11 10:00-11:30 AM – Feedback Call 2
- Participants must be Nonprofit Connect members.
- Participants are expected to work on components of their evaluation plan in between sessions. If you dedicated 2 hours per week throughout the course of this work group, you will complete an evaluation plan by the end of this working group.
No refunds will be processed after November 2, 2020. No shows will be billed. Full payment of the program fee must be received by November 2, 2020 in order to reserve your place.
Michelle Molina is a consultant with Connecting Evidence, based in Los Angeles. She helps simplify data. She partners with nonprofits to help them use data to improve their work, make informed decisions, and explore their impact. By helping organizations consider their context, she helps them refine their goals so that they can collect data that is meaningful. Her master’s in Education focusing on Social Research Methodology from UCLA gave her the technical skills she needs to collect and analyze both qualitative and quantitative data. Her experience working with a variety of organizations has helped her understand that effective evaluations must focus on use, be done in partnership with key stakeholders, and consider the systems initiatives live in.
Work Group Instructor