Webinar Multi-part Virtual Training: Developing your Evaluation Strategy and Plan

Date: Oct 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Virtual training - live and online - in three parts: 10 a.m. to Noon on October 17, 24, and 31

Fee: $119 for MCN members Register Now!

Nonprofits with a strategy and plan for evaluation gain new insights about their work, have stories to share with funders and other stakeholders and generate ideas to strengthen their programs.  Without an evaluation strategy and plan, nonprofits may waste valuable time and resources on surveys and other data-gathering methods that don’t provide helpful insights.

In this three-part virtual training, you’ll go beyond basic evaluation concepts to learning how to craft strategic, informed decisions about evaluation for your program or organization.

This training will be highly interactive – combining presentations, conversations, and individual reflection and work. By the end, you will have crafted a complete evaluation plan for a program, small organization or department of your choosing.

As a result of participating in this training, you will be able to:
1.    Align evaluation strategically with mission, values and operations of organization,
2.    Plan for evaluation activities, and
3.    Overcome common challenges, including low survey response rates and poor data quality

Learners will experience engaging interaction with the trainer throughout the training and access to her expertise during and between sessions. There will be assignments to complete during and between sessions so that by the end of the third session you will have a complete or nearly-complete evaluation plan for a program, small organization, or department of your choosing.



Please Note

Participants will be most successful if they have: (1) existing knowledge of evaluation and basic methods for evaluating programs and organizations (surveys, focus groups, etc.), and (2) past experience using and analyzing data from at least one form of evaluation methods and have spent time reflecting on what worked well and what did not with their past evaluation experiences.

In addition to reserving time to attend the two hours of live training each week, you will also need time to work on developing your evaluation strategy and plan; this may be an additional 2 or more hours each week.


  • What if I have a conflict with one of the three dates? Each session builds upon the previous session. Therefore, if you have a conflict with one or more of the sessions, we recommend not registering for this training. We hope to offer it again in early 2018.
  • Will the sessions be recorded? Because of the highly interactive nature of this training, which will include ongoing conversation via chat and polls, it will not be recorded. Instead, materials summarizing the week’s lesson will be provided.
  • Can registrations be shared? To achieve the best possible learning outcomes during this training, each participant needs to have their own connection to the virtual classroom, which means registrations can't be shared. Participants will be actively engaging with the trainer via chat and polls, and thus each needs to have their own keyboard, computer, and connection to the training. To explore multi-registrant discounts, contact Sondra Reis, director of e-Learning, at sreis@minnesotanonprofits.org.

Technology Requirements

This virtual training uses Adobe Connect. Log-in instructions will emailed to you shortly after you complete the registration process. If you don’t receive the email, please first check your spam folder, then contact events@minnesotanonprofits.org. You will need a computer with a reliable high-speed internet connection. Audio is available via your computer or your phone; choose the audio connection that provides you with the best sound quality.

About the Trainer

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. 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 a way that organizations can sustain impact, make clear decisions and raise funds easier. 

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