Virtual Training - live and online
Nonprofits with a strategy and plan for evaluation gain new insights about their work, have stories to share with funders and other stakeholders and generate ideas to strengthen their programs. Without an evaluation strategy and plan, nonprofits may waste valuable time and resources on surveys and other data-gathering methods that don’t provide helpful insights.
In this three-part virtual training hosted by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, The Improve Group's experts will take you beyond basic evaluation concepts to learning how to craft strategic, informed decisions about evaluation for your program or organization.
This training will be highly interactive – combining presentations, conversations, and individual reflection and work. By the end, you will have the tools and training to craft a complete evaluation plan for a program, small organization or department of your choosing.
As a result of participating in this training, you will be able to:
- Align evaluation strategically with mission, values and operations of organization,
- Plan for evaluation activities, and
- Overcome common challenges, including low survey response rates and poor data quality.
Learners will experience engaging interaction with the training team throughout the training and will have access to their expertise during and between sessions. There will be activities during sessions and suggested work between sessions so that by the end of the third session you will have a complete or nearly-complete evaluation plan for a program, small organization, or department of your choosing.
Fee: $125 for MCN members / $160 for nonmembers
Participants will be most successful if they have: (1) existing knowledge of evaluation and basic methods for evaluating programs and organizations (surveys, focus groups, etc.), and (2) past experience using and analyzing data from at least one form of evaluation methods and have spent time reflecting on what worked well and what did not with their past evaluation experiences.
In addition to reserving time to attend the two hours of live training each week, you will also need time to work on developing your evaluation strategy and plan; this may be an additional 2 or more hours each week.
This virtual training uses Adobe Connect. Log-in instructions will emailed to you shortly after you complete the registration process. You will need a computer with a reliable high-speed internet connection. Audio is available via your computer or your phone; choose the audio connection that provides you with the best sound quality.