Empowering Nonprofits Through Data

Resources

We’ve curated a helpful collection of resources, guides and links.

Evaluation Readiness Assessment

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Nonprofit Program Evaluation Made Simple:
Get your Data. Show your Impact. Improve your Programs.

There are many ways to do program evaluation, making it difficult to know how to start. In this book, Chari outlines a clear approach, filled with real world stories as well as examples of evaluation plans, surveys, and reports.

Bonus: A companion website filled with downloadable real world examples and templates.

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Program Evaluation and Data Culture in Resident Services

Northwest Housing Alternatives contracted with Evaluation Into Action to create an evaluation system for their resident services program.

This case study outlines key steps in our process in three areas: Planning, Implementation and Results.

Please enter your email to download your FREE copy of our white paper on Program Evaluation and Data Culture in Resident Services!

Introduction to Engaging Diverse Audiences

In partnership with the Regional Arts and Culture Council

This guide for Arts organizations will walk you through the steps necessary to engage a more diverse audience. This framework was based on a comprehensive literature review as well as interviews with experts and community leaders.

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Evaluation Mini Guides

Partnered with NPC Research, a project for Oregon Arts Commission

These guides connecting Students to the World of Work (WoW) offer guidance for conducting evaluations of funded programs. Each mini-guide offers basic information on a specific topic to help grantee organizations build capacity to implement evaluation activities.

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eval20 – shine your light

Shine your Light, a song written and performed by Chari Smith about program evaluation

Thanks to the eval20 conference attendees for your request that I record the full song Shine your Light. I wrote Shine your Light for the opening plenary session I did at the American Evaluation Association (AEA) annual conference. The song was inspired by the conference theme ‘shine your light’, that we as program evaluators shine our light to reveal truths that were once unknown. I was so inspired by the conference sessions, I added a bridge!

Download Shine your Light (m4a)

Special thanks to Aimee White, AEA 2020 President, Anisha Lewis, AEA Executive Director, Jayne Kramer, AEA Marketing & Communications Manager, and AEA Phil Montwill, Senior Graphic Designer for working with me to create an inspiring video that blends music and stories about program evaluation.

Feel free to download the song and the lyric sheet.

Podcasts

“Nonprofit Vision with Gregory Nielsen” Podcast on Program Evaluation

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Highly effective nonprofits leverage the tools of program evaluation to build a culture of continuous improvement. This allows nonprofit and Board leaders to make better strategic decisions. Chari Smith joins Greg to discuss the steps necessary to translate evaluation into action for your nonprofit.

Nonprofit Vision with Gregory Nielsen presents informative and entertaining conversations spotlighting critical issues in nonprofit leadership and the visionaries who are addressing them.

Nonprofit Vision podcast is a production by Gregory Nielsen with Nielsen Training & Consulting, LLC at www.nielsenconsults.com


EvaluLand: “Nonprofit Evaluation and Music with Chari Smith” Podcast

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This week, Chari Smith joins EvaluLand to talk about nonprofit evaluation, how to build a culture of evaluation, the relationship between music and evaluation, and the AEA conference.

Chari Smith wrote a book! Nonprofit Program Evaluation Made Simple: Get your Data. Show your Impact. Improve your Programs. Sign up for the mailing list to learn more about the book, including the launch date.

EvaluLand podcast is a production by Dana Wanzer.

We are lucky to have Chari in our community.

Chari Smith has been a presenter in our Certificate classes, Leadership Classes and Conferences.  We rely on Chari to bring valuable information that is presented in an interactive manner engaging everyone in the process of appreciating, using and interpreting data for evaluation purposes.  It’s an important element of a strong nonprofit and we are lucky to have Chari in our community.

Agnes Zach, Executive Director, Nonprofit Professionals Now

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