Many organizations have addressed learning and evaluation in fits and starts when a particular grant or contract has required it or when a staff member has had the skill and inclination to do it. Very few organizations have embedded learning and evaluation into their everyday work. As nonprofit leaders, we know learning and evaluation are important, but we struggle to integrate them into the fabric of our organizations. Who has the time or the money?
It's time to refresh our thinking about learning and evaluation and commit to weaving them into organizational practice. We owe it to our constituents and to ourselves. We can't be truly effective without learning and evaluation. An organization with a clear purpose, that can demonstrate the impact it makes, and that is engaged in learning in order to be as effective as possible---that's compelling to staff, to volunteers, to funders, and to community members. And, it taps into the values that brought us to the nonprofit sector in the first place.
If this resonates for you, we invite you to join us for a four-part Nonprofit Quarterly Advanced Practice series. We encourage you to designate two or more people from your organization to move through this course together (it's the same price for any sized group) and reignite the commitment to learning and evaluation across your organization!
The course includes practical tools, real-world examples, frank talk about how and why organizations get stuck, team-based homework assignments, and live coaching between sessions to help you problem solve and keep moving.
About the Series
Session One: Getting Grounded
- Overview of trends making learning and evaluation more important
- Exploring your organization's readiness for learning and evaluation
Session Two: Strategy & Organizational Identity
- Strategy and organizational identity
- Critical questions every organization needs to address
Session Three: Building the Inquiry Muscle
- Identifying the critical questions for your organization
- Practical ways to gather the right information
Session Four: Developing Practical Systems
- Making sense of and using information
- Building it in: making it real, making it last