Program Evaluation

There are many reasons why nonprofits should evaluate their programs. The most important reason is to ensure that programs are effectively meeting the needs and improving the lives of participants and communities. Without evaluation, it is difficult to know what is working and what isn’t, and how to make programmatic improvements for better results.

There are other reasons to evaluate programs, including helping stakeholders and the public understand the results and effectiveness of programs, meeting funder requirements, and utilizing evaluation results to improve programs. Program planning and evaluation should be conducted in an ongoing cycle so that the program being evaluated continuously changes, evolves and improves based on evaluation results.

Although many nonprofits evaluate in response to funder requirements, nonprofits should make it a standard practice to evaluate programs, assess their impact and act upon this information for the betterment of their programs, organizations and communities. 

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