Evaluation Basics: What Evaluation Is and How to Use It

Date: Sep 7, 2017
Time: 09:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
2314 University Ave. W., Suite 20, St. Paul

Fee: $50 for MCN members / $75 for nonmembers Register Now!

We all know something about evaluation. But are you sure of what it really is? Or unsure how it could be used in the nonprofit setting?

Evaluation gives insights about our work, stories to share with others and ideas to strengthen our practice. Done thoughtfully, evaluation provides the chance to engage stakeholders in new and meaningful ways. Join the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits to learn how to incorporate evaluation into your work.

This half-day evaluation workshop will combine presentation, activities and group consulting/problem-solving, for an interactive, informative and fun session!

Learning objectives for this workshop:

  • Understand when to use evaluation for your programs
  • Learn how evaluation can benefit your organization, including leveraging resources and improving programs and services
  • Get the basics on different strategies and options in evaluation – consider what kinds best suit your organization or program needs
  • Get to know your peers in a fun and collaborative setting

Participants will leave this workshop armed with an evaluation framework for their organization and resources to dig deeper.

Principles & Practices

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is committed to offering training sessions that support the Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence. This workshop helps us achieve the following:

  • EVAL 4: An organization’s measurement systems should be practical and useful to improve ongoing processes, activities and results.
  • EVAL 5: Performance measures should be realistic and appropriate to the size and scope of the organization and those it serves.
  • EVAL 7: Performance measures should be specific and based on evidence gathered before, during and after program development and implementation.
  • EVAL 8: Measurements may include both qualitative and quantitative data.
  • LEAD 7: Nonprofit leaders should help the organization cope with multiple demands by focusing the organization’s attention on timely mission-relevant issues and opportunities.activities.

Event Details

Calendar: Add this event to your calendar on Outlook or Google.

Refreshments: Coffee, tea and water will be provided.

Travel: Driving directions and transit options are available on MCN's website.

About the Presenter

Leah Goldstein MosesLeah Goldstein Moses is the C.E.O. of The Improve Group, a St. Paul-based, international firm focused on evaluation, research and strategic planning. She and her team have worked with hundreds of clients such as the Kennedy Center, the nation’s busiest arts facility which touches millions of people each year through performances and by nurturing new works of art; Mercy Corps, which works in over 100 countries and more than 16 million people each year; and Lutheran Social Services, Minnesota’s largest nonprofit social services organization. She has gathered knowledge from sixteen years helping nonprofits to measure and demonstrate impact, which in turn leads to improved services, innovation and increased ability to build support. She specializes in making evaluation meaningful, engaging, and even fun! Her audiences and her clients rave about her proven methods of taking information and data and simplifying it in such a way so that organizations can sustain impact, make clear decisions and raise funds easier. Hear Leah in a recent podcast on evaluation in philanthropy with the Minnesota Council on Foundations.

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