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Pre-Conference Session

Evaluation 101 for Grant Professionals

Wednesday, November 6
Cost: $100

(If you are registered for the GPA Annual Conference you can receive a $50 discount for this event, email for the discount code)

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:

  1. Identifying program requirements
  2. Clarifying the intent of the program
  3. Developing draft program goals
  4. Adapting goals to be SMART
  5. Incorporating SMART Goals into a logic model
  6. Clarifying the purpose of the evaluation and developing useful evaluation questions
  7. Identifying the methodology
  8. Developing the timeline
  9. Estimating the activity
  10. Calculating a budget
Dr. Matt Feldmann is the principal researcher and owner of Goshen Education Consulting Inc. He started the company in 2009 due to the untapped need to provide data interpretation and evaluation services to the educational communities in Southwestern Illinois. Goshen Education Consulting is a reflection of his background, interests, skills, and opportunities that include deep data analysis, clear and concise reporting, and a focus on program development.

Asma M. Ali, Ph.D., founder of AA Associates, is a program evaluation and applied research professional that utilizes a design thinking approach to program outcomes. She specializes in stakeholder-informed proposal writing, research design, implementations, and reporting to promote evidence-based decision-making and program improvement. Currently, Chicagoland Evaluation Association President, Asma has twenty year’s experience evaluating philanthropy, medical education, and community programs.

Bernadette Wright, Ph.D. is the founder of Meaningful Evidence, LLC, where she helps nonprofit organizations to leverage program evaluation and research to make a bigger difference. She works with organizations that are advancing social justice and public well-being in the areas of health, human services, and education. Clients include the National Alliance for Caregiving, NMAC, and Howard University. She is the author of an upcoming book, Practical Mapping for Program Evaluation and Applied Research.

Continuing Education Credits:

This session has been approved by GPCI for 3 Continuing
Education Points towards the GPC renewal