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A Framework for Building Evaluation Capacity Based on the Experiences of Three Organizations.

King, Jean A., and Boris Volkov.

Program evaluation is a systematic, data-based process for judging the value of a program, helping to make decisions, or creating information about key activities or processes. Because external funding in the form of grants and contracts routinely comes with accountability strings attached, many administrators have accepted the self-evaluation challenge. However, this has also created serious problems for many nonprofit organizations. Evaluation capacity building (ECB) attempts to address some of these inherent problems by increasing an organization's capacity to design, implement, and manage effective evaluation projects; access, build, and use evaluative knowledge and skills; cultivate a spirit of continuous organizational learning, improvement, and accountability; and create awareness and support for program evaluation and self-evaluation as a performance improvement strategy in the internal and external environments in which they function. This article examines the development and overall status of program evaluation in three Twin Cities not-for-profit organizations, identifies the common features of program evaluation across the three organizations (Neighborhood House, the Science Museum of Minnesota, and Anoka-Hennepin Independent School District 11); presents a grounded framework for evaluation capacity building; and considers the implications for institutionalizing program evaluation in organizations large and small.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), University of Minnesota.
Funded by a grant from CURA's Faculty Interactive Research Program.
35 (3): 10-16.
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Reporter 35 (3)

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