Trainings Brought to You
Bringing evaluation know-how to you
We have training topics ready to go, which we can customize and bring to your team or a cohort of nonprofit partners.
Let’s start with the fundamentals:
Focusing Your Evaluation
You want to do an evaluation, but don’t know where to start? Take a step back from the day-to-day and use this opportunity to focus your evaluation.
Define your program
Develop key evaluation questions that get at what you really want to know
Strengthening Your Survey Design Skills
A well-written survey generates substantial, actionable data. Design high-quality surveys by understanding:
When surveys are most appropriate
Key principles for writing surveys
Best practices of structuring surveys
How-to tips on survey distribution
This training can also be combined with content on survey analysis.
Designing & Conducting Qualitative Evaluations
Sometimes, we get the most illuminating, rich information from going out and talking with people!
Learn how to design and conduct interviews and focus groups to make the best use of time for everyone involved.
Understand the process for designing and conducting interviews and focus groups from start to finish, including selecting a topic (and what makes a good topic for interviews or focus groups), writing questions, facilitation skills and grasping the nuts and bolts of interview and focus group logistics.
This training can also be combined with content on qualitative analysis.
Looking for something more?
Our evaluation fundamentals, explained above, are the most cost-effective to start with, but other training topics we offer include:
Presenting Data Effectively
Putting Evidence to Work: Evidence-Based Program Design
What Board Members Need to Know about Evaluation
What Development Staff Need to Know about Evaluation
What Communications Staff Need to Know about Evaluation
What Nonprofit Leadership Needs to Know about Evaluation
What Funders Need to Know about Evaluation
Want something completely customized?
We can also work with you to develop an evaluation training specific to your needs!
Anything evaluation-related is our bread and butter.
Let’s get started
We are excited to discuss your needs and co-develop a training plan.
Let’s start with a conversation where we can answer any questions you might have.
Find us at an upcoming conference or event
C3 Forum: Levers for Change // Colorado Springs, Colorado
July 31, 2019
Evaluations for Success
External and internal evaluations allow organizations to optimize for success and unpack the narrative behind the results. In 2018, Colorado Springs Health Foundation worked with Vantage Evaluation to learn about their funded partners’ understanding and application of five key concepts: collaboration, culture of learning, evidence-based services, health equity and sustainability. This session will describe the evaluation process, findings, and how the learnings will influence the Foundation’s work going forward.
Rocky Mountain Philanthropy Institute // Breckenridge, Colorado
September 12-13, 2019
The Connection Between Evaluation and Fundraising // September 13
Donor and funder questions about evaluation can be a nightmare. It’s hard to figure out what they are asking overall, let alone what the differences between each question are. Want to know the dirty little secret? Few funders understand evaluation better than you do. Everyone is just trying to figure it out and doing the best they can. The bad news is that the result of funders’ best evaluation efforts can be confusing and burdensome for you. The good news is that if you provide high-quality, substantive responses - even if they are not quite answering the question that was asked - it can go a long way to setting your application apart. In this session, you will participate in a facilitated discussion about what development staff need to know about evaluation in order to better understand the ways in which fundraising staff touch evaluation, effectively communicate with and motivate funders and donors around evaluation, and support staff in meeting evaluation requirements.
San Luis Valley Rural Philanthropy Days // Del Norte, Colorado
September 17-19, 2019
Focusing Your Evaluation
Do you want to conduct an evaluation but don’t know where to start? Evaluation can help you learn about what’s working and what’s not to make tweaks to your program for strategic improvement. In this interactive session, you will learn how to focus your evaluation by defining your program and developing key evaluation questions that get at what you really want to know. The intended audience is anyone looking to start - or improve - their organization’s evaluation strategy and activities.
What Development Staff Need to Know About Evaluation
As a development pro, you excel in building relationships… but what about those pesky evaluation questions? We’ll help you think through how to put evaluation to work for you. In this session, you will engage in a facilitated discussion about what development staff needs to know about evaluation to better understand the ways in which development staff touch evaluation, effectively communicate with and motivate funders and donors around evaluation, and support staff in meeting evaluation requirements.