Periodically, I discover and like to share links to resources related to program evaluation. I think these links can be useful for colleagues in the non-profit, foundation, education, and government sectors. Here are some links that may be of interest.
Links to typical program outcomes and indicators are available from the Urban Institute. These links include outcomes for a variety of programs, including arts programs, youth mentoring programs, and advocacy programs. All in all, this site has outcomes and indicators for 14 specific program areas.
The perspective of program participants is a very important source of data about the effects of program. Yet this perspective is often overlooked. An article from the Stanford Social Innovation Review entitled “Listening to Those Who Matter Most, the Beneficiaries” provides good insight into why program participant perspective is so valuable.
The Foundation Center has a database of over 150 tools for assessing the social impact of programs. While there are dozens and dozens of useful tools here for you to browse, take a look at “A Guide to Actionable Measurement,” from the Gates Foundation and “Framework for Evaluation” from the CDC.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation A HANDBOOK OF DATA COLLECTION TOOLS: COMPANION TO “A GUIDE TO MEASURING ADVOCACY AND POLICY” may be helpful for organizations seeking to effect changes in public perceptions and public policy.
In up-coming posts, I will share additional links to tools and resources.