What is evaluation?
Evaluation means ‘we know what we are doing and why we are doing it.’ It means funders and donors can have the information they need and you aren’t anxious, irritated or terrified when they ask for it. Evaluation means you can show to anyone why you need to keep doing what you’re doing and that you are achieving your goals. Evaluation is about creating systems for an organization that are sustainable and useful.
We work with staff to support the development of solid evaluation plans and reporting systems. We use Developmental, Utilization, Participatory and Appreciative Inquiry methodologies for programs and services as well as conduct traditional formative and summative evaluations. We can train staff, assess evaluability, or focus in on a specific evaluation tool to help facilitate the road to an evaluation, outcomes-based organization.
When do I need to evaluate?
If you asking yourself any of these questions, it may be time to try an Organizational Evaluation:
- Why is the organization struggling to get the work done?
- Why is the staff turn-over so high?
- Why do the grants always go to that other organization?
- How come Board members don’t show up for meetings?
- Why do so few people sign up for our workshops?
What types of evaluation we can help with?
- Organizational Evaluation
- Program Evaluation
- Evaluation Planning
- Evaluation Tool Development (surveys, interviews, focus groups)
- Evaluation Reports
- Lessons Learned Processes
- Organizational Assessments
- Gender and Diversity Audits
- Performance Measures
- Impact Assessments
- Logic Models
- Evaluation Training and Education
Organizations we have worked with on evaluation
- Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
- Lu’ma Native Housing
- Lookout Housing Society
- Check Your Head
- Pacific Immigrant Resources Society
- United Way – Thompson Nicola Cariboo
- Better Evaluation
- Participation Compass
- Demonstrating Value
- Community Solutions – Local consultant, Kylie Hutchinson, does great webinars and is a great evaluator herself.
- Real Evaluation: Actionable Evaluation for the Real World
- Empowerment Evaluation Blog – by David Fetterman
- Center For What Works – Helpful for finding clear indicators and outcomes.
Find more resources on our Tools & Resources page.
“It’s not how many worms the bird feeds its young but how well the fledgling learns to fly.” United Way of America 1998.