Evaluation Activities in Organizations

Evaluation is carefully collecting information about something in order to make necessary decisions about it. There are a large number and wide variety of evaluations. Evaluation is closely related to performance management (whether about organizations, groups, processes or individuals), which includes identifying measures to assess progress toward achieving results.

General Guidelines About Doing All Forms of Evaluation
Overviews of Major Types of Evaluations

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General Guidelines About Doing All Forms of Evaluation

How to Design Successful Evaluation and Assessment Plans
Internal Eval Week: Pamela Bishop on Working as a New Internal Evaluator
Internal Evaluation Week: Debbie Cohen on Working with External Evaluators
Internal Eval Week: Anthony Kim on Balancing Dual Roles as an Internal Evaluator
Stanley Capela and Ariana Brooks on Planting a Seed to Overcome Resistance to Evaluation
Improving evaluation questions and answers: Getting actionable answers for real-world decision makers (takes long time to download)
Jack Mills on Setting Up Evaluation Contracts
Amy Germuth on Reporting Findings
Our Ineffectiveness at Measuring Effectiveness
How to Perform Evaluation Reports
Donald L Kirkpatrick's training evaluation model - the four levels of learning evaluation

Overviews of Major Types of Evaluations

Advertising Efforts
Boards of Directors (self-evaluation)
Chief Executive (evaluation by the Board of Directors)
Community Assessments
Customer Satisfaction (measuring)
Employee Performance
Financial Practices in Nonprofits
Fundraising Practices in Nonprofits
Group Performance
Human Resource Management Practices in Nonprofits
Legal Activities in Nonprofits
Marketing (scan down to Evaluating Your Marketing Efforts)
Organizational Communications
Organizational Performance
Program Evaluation (including outcomes-based evaluations)
Planning Practices in Nonprofits
Sales Performance
Self-Assessments
Training and Development

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American Evaluation Association Public Library
Innovation Network


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Nonprofit Program Design, Marketing and Evaluation - Book Cover Field Guide to Nonprofit Program Design, Marketing and Evaluation
by Carter McNamara, published by Authenticity Consulting, LLC. There are few books, if any, that explain how to carefully plan, organize, develop and evaluate a nonprofit program. Also, too many books completely separate the highly integrated activities of planning, marketing and evaluating programs. This book integrates all three into a comprehensive, straightforward approach that anyone can follow in order to provide high-quality programs with strong appeal to funders. Includes many online forms that can be downloaded. Many materials in this Library topic are adapted from this book.

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