Evaluation Basics: What Evaluation is and How to Use It - Multi-part Virtual Training

Wednesday, September 18, 10:00 AM - Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 12:00 PM
Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join both days, Sep 18 and 19
Virtual TrainingLive - Online
Fee: $89 for MCN members / $139 for nonmembers
Everyone has experienced evaluation in some form. But would you like to know more about what evaluation is and how you can use it to increase your program’s impact? 
Evaluation can give us insights about our work, stories to share with others and ideas to strengthen our programs and their impact. Done thoughtfully, evaluation also can provide the chance to engage stakeholders in new and meaningful ways. Join The Improve Group for this two-part virtual training to learn how to incorporate evaluation into your work. 
As a result of participating in this training, you will:
  • Understand the basics of what evaluation is,
  • Understand the different reasons people choose to evaluate, and
  • Recognize different approaches to evaluation.
Participants will leave this workshop armed with a place to start evaluating one of their programs and resources for digging deeper into evaluation.

Participant feedback

“Sharing an overview of methods really helped open my mind to the possibilities out there for evaluation.”
“I loved the online format! This was great and easy for me to participate.”

Technology requirements

This training is hosted in Adobe Connect. You will need a computer with a reliable high-speed internet connection to participate in the training. (While Adobe Connect does have a mobile app, its functionality is limited and does not support all the engagement tools that we use during virtual trainings. Therefore, we do not recommend using a smartphone or tablet to view the training.)

Audio is available via your computer or your phone; choose the audio connection that provides you with the best sound quality. Please note: Using your computer for audio can sometimes negatively affect your experience, particularly if your Wi-Fi signal is not strong or your broadband connection is slow. Therefore, we highly recommend that you have access to a phone which can serve as a back-up audio method during the training. We cannot issue refund or reschedule a training for you if you are not prepared with a back-up audio method (phone).

Information about how to log into this training will emailed to you at least two days before it begins. If you don’t receive this email, please first check your spam folder, then contact


What if I have a conflict with one of the three parts? Each session builds upon the previous session. Therefore, if you have a conflict with one or more of the parts, we recommend not registering for this training.
Will the session 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.
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. 

About the trainers

This session will be led by The Improve Group’s experts in evaluation capacity building and guided by Leah Goldstein Moses, founder and CEO. The Improve Group is a St. Paul-based, international consulting firm focused on research, evaluation, and strategic planning. The Improve Group team has worked with hundreds of nonprofits, including building the capacity for evaluation with many of these clients. For nearly 20 years they have been helping nonprofits measure and demonstrate impact, which in turn leads to improved services, innovation and increased ability to build support. The team is keen at making evaluation meaningful, engaging and fun! With a team approach to training, The Improve Group is able to drawn on a broad range of on-the-ground experiences, providing participants applicable tips and examples of why and how to conduct evaluations in their organizations.

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