On March 26, at Bryant University, in Smithfield Rhode Island, Brad Rose presented an introductory workshop about program evaluation to members of Rhode Island’s non-profit and foundation communities. Attendees included the state humanities council, local foundations, historic preservation councils, anti-violence programs, mentoring programs for children of prisoners, dance programs, youth leadership programs, libraries, and others.
After outlining the fundamentals of program evaluation, Brad discussed a variety of approaches to evaluating programs. Brad stressed that program evaluations work best when they are driven by key questions, rather than by pre-determined methodologies. He told attendees that just as form follow function, evaluation design should be appropriate to the kinds of evaluation questions that need to be answered. In an interactive session, attendees completed draft logic models of their respective programs, and shared these with the group (to view an example of a logic model click here). Following the workshop, feedback from Dr. Sandra Enos, the organizer of the workshop, indicated that attendees were very pleased with the workshop, finding that it provided a practical, experienced-based perspective that was especially useful to the non-profit and foundation communities Following the meeting, Dr. Enos said, “We would love to host Brad again in a working session to support the agencies in the detailed development of their evaluation designs.”
Click here to download Brad’s presentation.