Evaluation: Get your Team Involved

Date: Jun 20, 2018
Time: 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where:

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

Fee: $50 for MCN members / $85 for nonmembers Register Now!
 

Do you have questions about the programs or resources your organization provides? Are you interested in incorporating evaluation and reflective practice into your work? Irrespective of its roots, your need for systems and supports for making data-based decisions may be helped by this training! This workshop will introduce a practical approach for building evaluation capacity without overburdening you or your team’s workload.

This workshop will introduce participants to Team-Based Inquiry (TBI), an evaluation approach that is scaled to the staffing and resource constraints of nonprofit organizations. TBI is a practical, tested approach for enabling non-evaluation professionals to collect the data they need, when they need it, in order to improve their products and practices.

Developed as part of a national museum-focused project and tested and refined over the last four years with nonprofits of all shapes and sizes, TBI is designed to: (1) help museum professionals use data to improve their products and practices, (2) foster effective teams and learning organizations, (3) and build the capacity of museum professionals and organizations to conduct front-end and formative evaluation. And while developed for museums, we’re finding that TBI is equally useful for nonprofits of all types!

In this workshop, we will introduce you to each of the four inquiry steps – (1) question, (2) investigate, (3) reflect, and (4) improve – and provide real-world examples of developing, testing, and integrating TBI practices into the everyday work of Twin Cities institutions. Additionally, we will discuss the fundamentals of evaluation, covering the "What," "Why," "When," and "How" of evaluation.

Learn more about TBI.

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 2: Nonprofit programs should take into account and respond to the experience, needs and satisfaction of the constituents they serve.
  • HR 14: Nonprofit organizations should create a culture of transparency and open communication where internal information is shared as appropriate. This also includes being open to input from personnel regarding the organization’s activities and results on a continual basis.
  • LEAD 13: Nonprofit leaders should push the organization to make difficult and timely decisions, challenge others in the organization when necessary, and permit conflicting views to be expressed on the way to reaching resolution.
  • LEAD 19: Nonprofit leaders should allow for and encourage questions and reflections on the organization’s strategies, effectiveness and ability to change.
  • PLAN 9: Nonprofit organizations should be responsive to community needs and actively engage and gather input from a variety of sources, such as the board, staff and community members, and other constituents.

Event Details

Refreshments: Coffee, tea and a light snack will be provided. There will be a lunch break in the middle of the session. You may bring a lunch or purchase one nearby.

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

About the Presenter

Sarah CohnSarah Cohn is a principal consultant at Aurora Consulting. She helps her clients discern their audience’s needs; think about their roles and opportunities as departments, organizations and within broader networks; and build their internal capacity to measure the impact of their organizations and programs. In her experience, complex collaborations with diverse partners succeed when they build in time for listening and honest reflection. She sees her clients as the content experts and herself as the facilitator of nuanced conversations.

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