Dr. Shaunette Parker and Chari Smith discuss using the book Nonprofit Program Evaluation Made Simple. Get your Data. Show your Impact. Improve your Programs. to teach an undergraduate program evaluation course. Students used the Boys and Girls Club as an example organization to apply the strategies laid out in each chapter, including creating evaluation plans and data collection tools. Dr. Parker calls the book “a real life tool.”
“The book shows what I do in action in a nonprofit setting,” says Dr. Parker. “This is how it all works.”
Dr. Parker’s students “drew heavily” from the book’s companion website, a site updated regularly to include program evaluation resources and models. As a professor, Dr. Parker appreciates the package of information and examples, and lauds the book’s plain language, chapter length and ease of reading.
As a nonprofit professional for more than 15 years, and the current Outreach Director of a nonprofit organization Parent Outreach, Dr. Parker says of the book, “It was a good reminder of how evaluation is intended to make you better at what you do and it shouldn’t just be this ad hoc thing that you add on.”
Dr. Shaunette Parker, Professor at Lander University, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychological Science & Human Services; Faculty, College of Behavioral & Social Sciences
Chari Smith, President, Evaluation into Action and Author of Nonprofit Program Evaluation Made Simple
We all need to find time to read this book and this is what we need to be focusing on when it comes to evaluation and even just getting better.
- Dr. Shaunette Parker, Professor at Lander University, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychological Science & Human Services; Faculty, College of Behavioral & Social Sciences
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