Commisioning Evaluation: Tips for Grantmakers and Grant Seekers

As stated previously, choosing data collection strategies (e.g., surveys, observations, record reviews) depends upon the purpose of the evaluation, the evaluation questions, the time frame, and the available resources. Evaluation assistance can be obtained from independent technical assistance or evaluation consultants, evaluation or other technical assistance consulting firms, and sometimes universities with graduate programs that include training or projects in program evaluation. Before you hire any consultant or organization be sure to find out whether they have: experience with program evaluation, especially with non-profit organizations; basic knowledge of the substantive area being evaluated; good references (from sources you trust); and a personal style that fits with your organization’s working style. Think long and hard about the purpose of the evaluation project you are considering. This bulletin will help you understand: differences between research and evaluation, what evaluation should cost, and what you should think about before you initiate it.

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As stated previously, choosing data collection strategies (e.g., surveys, observations, record reviews) depends upon the purpose of the evaluation, the evaluation questions, the time frame, and the available resources. Evaluation assistance can be obtained from independent technical assistance or evaluation consultants, evaluation or other technical assistance consulting firms, and sometimes universities with graduate programs that include training or projects in program evaluation. Before you hire any consultant or organization be sure to find out whether they have: experience with program evaluation, especially with non-profit organizations; basic knowledge of the substantive area being evaluated; good references (from sources you trust); and a personal style that fits with your organization’s working style. Think long and hard about the purpose of the evaluation project you are considering. This bulletin will help you understand: differences between research and evaluation, what evaluation should cost, and what you should think about before you initiate it.

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