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Evaluation 101 for Grant ProfessionalsWednesday, November 6
Evaluation is the systematic method for collecting, analyzing, and using information to answer questions about projects, policies, and programs including the design of outcome measures. Evaluation 101 will be a ½ day pre-conference workshop. Through discussion and activities, participants will gain an understanding for program evaluation concepts. The workshop will discuss the importance of program evaluation with funded projects, selecting an evaluator, evaluation costing, and a 10-step evaluation planning framework that participants can use for program development and grant writing. Key workshop concepts include the following (GPC Competencies are noted in parentheses.)
Good Evaluation = Program sustainability. A well-executed evaluation provides formative feedback to program organizers for appropriate program and project design development (GPC Competency 3 & 4). Utilization-focused evaluation provides a clear understanding for what went right, wrong, or unexpected. Clear, succinct, and visually oriented reporting can be used for future grant design and development (GPC Competencies 5.2, 5.4, & 8.1).
Cost of Evaluation. This section of the workshop will dismiss the “rule of thumb” myth and provide concrete strategies for evaluation costing.
Selecting an Evaluator. Participants will learn how to identify an evaluator with appropriate qualifications and competencies. (GPC Competencies 3.8)
Framework. A 10-step evaluation planning framework will be presented that will provide an understanding for how an evaluation may be developed as part of an effective grant application (GPC Competencies 3.8 & 4). The steps include: