The Short List: DIY Nonprofit Evaluation Resources
Top Pick: Acumen Lean Data Field Guide
Practical, speedy guide to how social impact investors use lean data in the field. Includes succinct, useful tips on using cell technology for speedy surveys, creating surveys, and conducting focus groups.
American Evaluation Association
A number of resources and daily blog tips on evaluation organized by topic area.
Top Pick: CDC Types of Evaluation
Useful two page overview of different types of evaluations nonprofits can conduct.
Top Pick: Center for Nonprofit Management Nonprofit Answer Guide: Evaluation
Excellent site with clear and simple answers to key questions nonprofits have about evaluation.
Evaluation in Philanthropy: Perspectives from the Field
Top Pick: Global Innovations in Measurement and Evaluation
Quick read on key innovations in program measurement and evaluation, including a section on impact.
Top Pick: Google Scholar
Instead of starting from scratch, nonprofits can use established research to identify common leading indicators of future success. Look for multiple studies that confirm similar findings and/or studies from reputable sources with very large sample sizes.
Innovation Network Logic Model Builder
Top Pick: IssueLab Results
Practical readings and evaluation results from all over the country curated by The Foundation Center. Papers and reports selected by BetterEvaluation, the Center for Evaluation Innovation, the Center for Effective Philanthropy, and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, in addition to the team at IssueLab.
The Urban Institute and partners joined together to develop common outcomes for different areas of nonprofit work. This work morphed into the PerformWell project which has a number of resources for nonprofits, including already developed assessment tools.
Top Pick: Sample Size Calculator
Stanford Social Innovation Review- Leveraging Lean Data
Includes fresh ideas for measuring the impact of social enterprises in simple ways. Includes links to the original article on the power of lean data, a paper on innovations in impact measurement, and a field guide to using lean data. May be useful for other nonprofits looking for ways to measure impact without breaking the bank.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation Logic Model Development Guide
Lengthy paper on creating a logic model, but the appendix at the back includes useful templates and checklists for each step.