Organization and Program Evaluation Tools & Resources

Packard Organizational Effectiveness Wiki – Evaluation Tools

Provides guidance and links to free and pay-for-use evaluation tools. Prior to developing evaluation capacity, organizations have usually developed strategic planning capacity and are working from a current strategic plan. Note: Specific tools/services that are free as well as organizations that provide a variety of free tools are listed in the section of the page marked Free Tools (Used by the Foundation/Grantees) or Free Resources (Not Yet Tried by the Foundation/Grantees). For-profit firms and/or those that offer most resources at a cost are listed under “Resources with a Cost”. connect here >

Sample Evaluations

The California Endowment’s Capacity Building for Minority-Led Organizations Project – Evaluation Report (2012)

The California Endowment (TCE) launched the Capacity Building for Minority-Led Organizations Project in late 2008. Ultimately, TCE made an initial $1.4 million investment to strengthen the organizational capacity of grassroots organizations focused on improving the health and well‐being of communities of color. This report provides a summary of findings and lessons learned. The report was authored by Social Policy Research Associates (January 2012). Read the executive summary here: download pdf >

First 5 Marin – Advancing and Sustaining Community-Led Change – Evaluation Report (FY2011-2012)

This report presents a summary of evaluation data available for Initiatives and Programs funded through First 5 Marin’s Strategic Plan for FY2011-2012. This information is used to inform programmatic and policy actions, evaluation refinements, the Commission’s ongoing reflection, and Strategic Plan implementation. The evaluation report on the initiative pilot was authored by jdcPartnerships (2012). Read the evaluation report here: download pdf >

Community Leadership Project – Evaluation Progress Report, Executive Summary (2011)

Social Policy Research Associates (SPR) and Leadership Learning Community (LLC) served as the evaluators of the Community Leadership Project. This document summarizes the first evaluation report, which identifies promising strategies for capacity building of small and mid-sized organizations and documents the preliminary impact of CLP on leaders, organizations, intermediaries, and foundation partners. The evaluation report was authored by Social Policy Research Associates (January 2012). Read the executive summary here: download pdf >

Horizons Foundation’s People of Color Creating Equality (POCCE) – Evaluation Report (2011)

POCCE is a program intended to build capacity within LGBT organizations for individuals of color. Horizons engaged jdcPartnerships to design and conduct an evaluation of the POCCE pilot program with a major focus given to the lessons learned within and across funded nonprofits. The evaluation report was authored by jdcPartnerships (2011). Read the evaluation report here: download pdf >

The California Wellness Foundation’s Next Generations Leaders of Color 2010 Initiative Pilot – Evaluation Report (2011)

In 2009, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services received a grant from The California Wellness Foundation to develop the Next Generation Leaders of Color (NGLC) leadership development program.  The evaluation report on the initiative pilot was authored by jdcPartnerships (2011). Read the evaluation report here: download pdf >

The Greenlining Institute – Impact Report for The Greenlining Leadership Academy (2010)

This impact report shares results from the first comprehensive evaluation of The Greenlining Institute’s Leadership Academy. The Greenlining Leadership Academy was established in 1996 to prepare the next generation of advocates on behalf of low-income and communities of color. The evaluation report was authored by Shiree Teng (Fall 2010). Read the impact report here:download pdf>

Rockwood Leadership Institute – Evaluation and Learning Report (2009)

This report presents the findings from the evaluation and learning for Rockwood Leadership Institute’s two main trainings – Art of Leadership and Yearlong programs over a decade of work (1999-2009). The evaluation report was authored by Shiree Teng (July 2009). Read the evaluation and learning report here: download pdf>