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Conference PDW #8: Building Evaluation Capacity of Community Organizations 

11-09-2010 10:24

Are you working with local community groups (coalitions, nonprofits, social service agencies, local health departments, volunteers, school boards) that are trying to evaluate the outcomes of their work to meet a funding requirement, an organizational expectation, or to enhance their own program performance?

In this highly interactive workshop, you will practice and reflect on a variety of activities and adult learning techniques for building basic evaluation skills related to the core components of evaluation: engaging stakeholders, focusing the evaluation, data collection, data analysis and use. Try the activities out, assess their appropriateness for your own situation, and expand your toolbox. Bring your own ‘best practices' to share as we work towards building the evaluation capacity of community practitioners and organizations. This year’s workshop also will include a section on organizational capacity building that goes beyond individual competencies and skills – strategies to build resources and support and the organizational environment for sustaining evaluation.

You will learn:

  • Activities to use in building essential evaluation knowledge and skills;
  • Methods and techniques that facilitate evaluation learning;
  • What to consider in choosing among options to better suit needs, requests and realities;
  • Strategies, beyond teaching and training, for building organizational evaluation capacity.

Ellen Taylor-Powell is widely recognized for her work in evaluation capacity building. Her 20 years in Extension have focused continuously on evaluation training and capacity building with concentration on individual, team, and organizational learning.

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