Measuring what matters
Knight Foundation shares a few simple exercises on how to use evaluation to deliver better programs and promote greater effectiveness within nonprofit organizations.
Trend Spotter: Challenges of evaluation for nonprofit organizations
The third Trend Spotter survey, a special project of the Institute for Nonprofits at NC State University, polled small North Carolina nonprofits about their challenges related to evaluation their effectiveness for internal and external audiences. Results show that while most do conduct some type of assessment, some nonprofits report that they lack of capacity and expertise make it difficult to collect timely and reliable results. However, significantly more Trend Spotter participants in this survey have engaged in formative evaluation (62 percent) compared to a recent national sample (17 percent).
Leadership: The art of listening and explaining
As the nonprofit landscape becomes more complex, it is critical that leaders learn to create and articulate a vision for their organizations.
Making evaluation work
Used correctly, evaluation can help funders, and nonprofits, get the most out of their grantmaking.