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How do you prove your nonprofit is doing a good job?  How do you know you're making a difference in the lives of your clients?  What is Outcome-Based Evaluation (OBE).  The links below will take you to sites that can help you answer these questions:

 

The United Way of America has a very useful site on Outcome-Based Evaluation that include definitions of common terms, reasons for evaluation, and helpful resources:  http://national.unitedway.org/outcomes/

 

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has a very comprehensive free book available on its site in PDF format (72 pages) called the Logic Model Development Guide:  http://www.wkkf.org/Programming/ResourceOverview.aspx?CID=281&ID=3669

The Kellogg Foundation also has a free evaluation handbook available as well in PDF format (116 pages).  Although this publication was developed with their grantees in mind, it can be useful for other organizations, as well: http://www.wkkf.org/Programming/ResourceOverview.aspx?CID=281&ID=770

 

Innovation Network's mission is to build the evaluation capacity of nonprofits so they can better serve their communities.  Their site includes free evaluation resources for nonprofits:  http://www.innonet.org

 

The University of Wisconsin Extension has a great section on evaluation:  http://www.uwex.edu/ces/pdande/evaluation/index.html, including a number of helpful PowerPoint presentations:  http://www.uwex.edu/ces/pdande/evaluation/evalpresentations.html

 

The Management Assistance Program for Nonprofits (MAPNP) has a guide to program evaluation:  http://www.mapnp.org/library/evaluatn/fnl_eval.htm

 

The National Science Foundation has a comprehensive handbook on mixed-method evaluation that may be useful for a variety of organizations and schools:  http://www.ehr.nsf.gov/EHR/REC/pubs/NSF97-153/pdf/mm_eval.pdf

 

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has a section on Outcome-Based Evaluation that can be applicable to most organizations:  http://www.imls.gov/grants/current/crnt_obebasics.htm

 

The Harvard Family Resource Project has many publications dealing with evaluation of various types of programs.  Their goal is to increase the effectiveness of public and private organizations and communities as they promote child development, student achievement, healthy family functioning, and community development:  http://gseweb.harvard.edu/~hfrp/pubs/pubslist.html#EAHead

They also publish a free evaluation newsletter:  http://gseweb.harvard.edu/~hfrp/eval.html

 

The National Endowment for the Arts has a section on Outcome-Based Evaluation that includes frequently-asked questions, forms and templates, and other information:  http://www.nea.gov/grants/apply/out/index-out.html

 

Horizon Resources has a free 97-page guide on their site (in PDF format) called Taking Stock: A Practical Guide to Evaluating Your Own Programs about how to evaluate your nonprofit organization:  http://www.horizon-research.com/publications/stock.pdf

 

The Leader-to-Leader Institute (formerly the Drucker Foundation) has available the Drucker Foundation Self-Assessment Tool which provides a process for nonprofit organizations to clarify mission, define results, set goals, and develop a focused plan:  http://www.pfdf.org/leaderbooks/sat/index.html

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