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Outcomes Measurement

April 1st, 2021
10:00AM to 12:00PM
Zoom - information to be emailed
Consultant, Grantseeker, Nonprofit
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jigsaw puzzle with outcomes as final piece
Program Description:
According to Innovation Network’s 2016 State of Evaluation Report*, 92% of nonprofits engage in evaluation, but only 8% have internal evaluation staff primarily responsible for evaluation, which makes an organization more likely to demonstrate promising evaluation practices. This gap places an oversized burden on the executive, program, and administrative leadership who end up planning and implementing program evaluation efforts in most nonprofits. This session is intended to help your nonprofit bridge that gap and use it as an advantage.  
Participants will
• Use a logic model to assess which outcomes a program is designed to influence (and which it is not)
• Decide which outcomes are most important to measure
• Learn how to make any outcome measurable in context
• Prepare to draft a realistic work plan for gathering data that is meaningful and accurate and enhances your constituents’ engagement
• Understand how to use data to learn and improve program and organizational decisions 
This outcome measurement session is designed to help program directors and program database administrators make measurement decisions, and will leverage the lived experience of program constituents and staff. The session will introduce how to design a program measurement plan that prepares your team to improve its performance and strengthen its accountability to constituents and other stakeholders. A well designed outcome measurement plan can prepare everyone in the organization to use program data to make better strategic decisions.  It can also help your organization get ready for external evaluation.  
In order to benefit most from this session, participants should have a logic model. We ask that you submit a logic model in advance of the session to kcook@philanthropyma.org. If you still need to create a logic model, join Ellen for Introduction to Logic Models on March 4th. You can register here
About the Presenter
Ellen Bass, Director, Capacity Institute
Ellen launched and directs the Capacity Institute, which helps nonprofits Improve participant outcomes as a measure of mission attainment, by building and implementing their theory of change and performance management systems over two years.  Nonprofits have improved intermediate outcome success rates by 212% and long-term outcome success rates by 388%!  For twenty-five years, Ellen has taught and coached staff from hundreds of nonprofits how to use logic models and outcome measurement to strengthen participant outcomes, programs, staff, strategy, partnerships, and fundraising. Ellen is a member of the Leap Ambassadors Community, which includes almost 300 nonprofit thought leaders and practitioners who advance nonprofit high performance as the norm.  
Zoom information will be sent via email in advance of the session.
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