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 learn how to develop an evaluation plan designed to inform strategy and decision making 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 the tools and training to craft 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:
- Define a clear purpose for your evaluation;
- Plan for evaluation activities; and
- Overcome common challenges.
Learners will experience engaging interaction with the training team throughout the training and will have access to their expertise during and between sessions. There will be assignments during sessions and suggested work 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.
This training is over the course of three days: November 23, November 30, and December 7 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. central each day.
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.
Participants will be most successful if they have a program in mind that they would like to create an evaluation plan for.
This event will have AI captions via Zoom’s transcription function. Please note that these captions are automatically generated by the computer software and may not always accurately transcribe what is said. If you need professional captioning, or have another accessibility accommodation, please email MCN’s program assistant with your request at least two weeks prior to the start of the event. Although we will attempt to meet all accessibility requests, late request may not be fulfilled.
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.
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 between people?
Each individual wanting to attend the event must register separately. Please see our Event & Registration FAQ page for instructions on how to register a group.
This training will be led by The Improve Group’s experts in evaluation capacity building. 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.