This is the link to the Evaluation Resource Review that was released through the Developing A Culture of Evaluation project. Here you will find guides, tools and information on many evaluation topics. Download it and enjoy!
Your Evaluation Resource Review is excellent, Anne Marie. Thanks for sharing. I like how resources are organized by topic. Very helpful!
I just downloaded the "Program Evaluation Toolkit" shared in your resource, and all I can say is "wow"!
Here is the link in case anyone else would like to see it as well: http://www.excellenceforchildandyouth.ca/sites/default/files/docs/program-evaluation-toolkit.pdf
Thanks for sharing this resource Joanne. I know that several non-profits use this one. It must be good!
This log post by the Ontario Nonprofit Network is timely, as we collaborate and share through this digital forum.
Our organization would like to do more evaluation that is meaningful to us, but our capacity and time as a small nonprofit are so limited...
A small nonprofit organization that I volunteer with always impresses me with how they build evaluation into daily practices. For example, after we are finished volunteering during any given shift, staff takes 5 minutes to quickly de-brief with us - what worked, what didn't, what would we like to see done differently?
Then they make note of any trends and make small adjustments as needed. They amaze me how they've built it in to everyday practice. This continual evaluation in order to improve is reflected in continual improvement of service as well. It doesn't feel daunting because they take small steps on an ongoing basis. They are small, but determined to embed evaluation in the organization in small, simple ways. From my point of view as a volunteer, it works really well.
They also take risks to improve services, which isn't always comfortable. Speaking of which, here is a great article on nonprofits and affordable risk taking: http://www.bethkanter.org/fail-np/
I'm enjoying hearing from everyone so far. Thank you!
We've started to collect a few resources (including CLO's annotated bibliography) and share them through our website as well: http://theonn.ca/our-work/our-structures/evaluation/. Scroll down to the bottom for the links, which are divided into three sections: Tools, Tips, & Tricks, Explore the Issues, and Reports. It is by no means an exhaustive list, but hope it helps.last edited by
Evaluation Program Associate
Ontario Nonprofit Network
Wow, I really like this amazing "impact report" created by a pancreatic cancer organization in the US. It's light on text, has lots of photos and eye-catching visuals, gives the stats and financials in an easy-to-understand way, and gets across the most important points.
In short, it is a VERY impactful impact report!
We just finished this month's online clinic "Ask the External Evaluator." To help us learn more on the topic, one of our panelists (Gerda) put together some resources for us. She even included a description for each resource!
Thanks for going above and beyond Gerda!
Here's what she shared:
Ask the evaluator list of resources.docx