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
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.
The Communications Network Annual Conference // Austin, Texas
October 2-4, 2019
Evaluating Conferences Without a Dreaded Post-Survey // October 2 // 3:30-5:30 p.m.
As a communications pro you mobilize communications vehicles, like events and conferences, to achieve your nonprofit’s mission and promote your organization’s progress towards its mission. In doing so, you’ve likely employed a post-event survey to get feedback from attendees, and you may have gotten some lackluster responses that don’t inform your work. In this session, Elena and Morgan will show you why you should ditch the omnipresent post-event survey. Then they’ll share the practical tools you need to implement a fun, interactive approach to getting meaningful real-time feedback and learn from it to improve your own conference or event. In addition to providing insider tips for designing, executing, and engaging your organization in this alternative approach to getting feedback on events, you will work as a group through a real example using this approach. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have practiced using all you need to implement the approach at their next event.
You Will Learn:
1. How to get meaningful feedback and measure the success of your events.
2. Tools you need to implement a fun, interactive approach to getting feedback and learning from it for your own conference or event.
3. Tips for designing, executing, and engaging your organization in this alternative approach to getting feedback on events.
Quality Evaluation - Growing Skills. Impacting Communities // Indianapolis, Indiana
October 18, 2019
Why Evaluation Needs a Rebrand
Today’s nonprofit professionals rarely experience the true power of evaluation as a tool to help them improve how they do their work... Through a discussion on the history and evolution of evaluation, Elena will share how evaluators can mitigate negative perceptions of evaluation and join the movement for a rebrand. Is accuracy or accessibility king? If both, how can we balance them? How can evaluators help organizations let go of evaluation baggage? What is the evaluator’s role in shifting consumers’ mindsets?
Pathways to [im]Possible 2019 Colorado Nonprofit Conference // Denver, Colorado
October 22, 2019
Beyond the Survey: Using Qualitative Evaluation for Deeper Insight // 8:15-9:45 a.m.
Instead of a survey, learn how to collect insightful and actionable information by going out and talking to people! You will learn how to design and conduct interviews and focus groups to make the best use of time for everyone involved.
What Board Members Need to Know About Evaluation // 1:45-3:15 p.m.
As a board member, evaluation can help you answer the question “how are we doing?” We will help you engage productively in conversations about evaluation at the nonprofit whose board you serve on and mobilize the nonprofit around evaluation.
From Data-Driven to Learning Driven // 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Being learning-driven means that you are articulating what you want to learn, using data to answer those questions, and learning from that data to make strategic improvements. You will learn how to use different strategies to engage your nonprofit in learning from data.