Level Best How Small and Grassroots Nonprofits Can Tackle Evaluation and Talk Results

ISBN-10: 0787979066

ISBN-13: 9780787979065

Edition: 2006

Authors: Marianne Philbin, Marcia Festen, Kim Klein

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Easy-to-use, hands-on evaluation techniques for small to mid-sized nonprofits Level Best discusses the unique challenges that face small and grassroots nonprofits dealing with evaluation. It offers practical tools, affordable strategies, and language for talking about organizational results. The book provides information that is simple and direct, logically organized, easily found, and quickly absorbed. The authors walk readers through the steps needed to design or improve an evaluation process, help determine what to measure and why, and provide sample strategies for both tracking results and reporting back to funders. Marianne Philbin (Chicago, IL) is a writer, trainer, and consultant with more than 25 years' experience in the nonprofit sector. Marcia Festen (Chicago, IL) works with nonprofits and foundations to help them develop strategies, programs, and initiatives.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/20/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Figure, Tables, Worksheets, Exhibits, Agendas
How to Use This Book
Instruction with Samples and Examples
Understanding Evaluation
Evaluation as Power Instead of Pain
What Evaluation Is and What It Is Not
A Simple Evaluation Framework
The Basic Evaluation Framework
Key Concepts: What to Evaluate and How to Get Started
The Rolling Evaluation Method
Planning Your Evaluation
A Quick Review of Basic Organizational Readiness
Definition of an Effective Organization
What You Plan Affects What You Learn
Step by Step: Planning Your Evaluation
Understanding Funders' Needs and Fitting Them into Your Evaluation Plan
Why Setting Goals Makes Evaluation Easier
How You Can Prepare
Asking the Right Questions
Clear Program Goals Guide Evaluation Questions and Choices
What to Evaluate: What You Do Versus What Your Constituents Do
If or Then: Which to Evaluate?
The Relationship Between Evaluating What You Do (Process) and What They Do (Outcome)
Determine the Right Questions
Ask What You Really Want to Know
How Advocacy Organizations Can Approach Evaluation
How to Be Answerable When Advocacy and Organizing Are Your Agenda
Ideas for Measuring Organizing Efforts
Tracking Information
Options for Tracking Information
The Right Goal Statement Helps Determine the Right Things to Track
Learning From and Using the Information
Making Use of Your Information
Organizing Your Information
Drawing Conclusions
Using What You Learn
Sharing Your Evaluation Results with the Outside World
Feeding Results into the Cycle of Planning
Tying Evaluation into Planning
Deciding Where to Begin
Incorporating Evaluation into Your Strategic Planning Process
Commonly Used Terms and Their Definitions
Types of Evaluation
Sample Completed Evaluation Planning Worksheet
Sample Evaluation Report Outline
Program Evaluation Standards
About the Authors
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