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.

https://acumen.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Lean-Data-Field-Guide.pdf

 

American Evaluation Association

A number of resources and daily blog tips on evaluation organized by topic area.

http://www.eval.org/

 

Top Pick: CDC Types of Evaluation

Useful two page overview of different types of evaluations nonprofits can conduct.

https://www.cdc.gov/std/Program/pupestd/Types%20of%20Evaluation.pdf

 

Top Pick: Center for Nonprofit Management Nonprofit Answer Guide: Evaluation

Excellent site with clear and simple answers to key questions nonprofits have about evaluation.

http://nonprofitanswerguide.org/evaluation/

 

Evaluation in Philanthropy: Perspectives from the Field

http://measureresults.issuelab.org/resource/geo-2009-evaluation-in-philanthropy-perspectives-from-the-field.html

 

Top Pick: Global Innovations in Measurement and Evaluation

Quick read on key innovations in program measurement and evaluation, including a section on impact.

http://measureresults.issuelab.org/resource/global-innovations-in-measurement-and-evaluation.html

 

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. 

https://scholar.google.com/

 

Innovation Network Logic Model Builder

https://www.innonet.org/news-insights/resources/point-k-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.

http://measureresults.issuelab.org/?coverage=&author=&funder=&publisher=&wikitopic_categories=&keywords=&pubdate_start_year=1&pubdate_end_year=1&sort=&categories=

 

PerformWell

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.

http://www.urban.org/policy-centers/cross-center-initiatives/performance-management-measurement/projects/nonprofit-organizations/projects-focused-nonprofit-organizations/outcome-indicators-project

http://www.performwell.org/

 

Top Pick: Sample Size Calculator

https://www.surveymonkey.com/mp/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.

https://ssir.org/articles/entry/leveraging_lean_data?_ga=2.242397442.1637195185.1506106061-572370077.1506106061#impact_measure

 

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.

https://www.wkkf.org/resource-directory/resource/2006/02/wk-kellogg-foundation-logic-model-development-guide

 

 

 

 

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