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Proving Your Case: Impact Evaluation for Nonprofits

Inn at the Commons 200 N Riverside Avenue
Medford

About this event

Maryn Boess, National Nonprofit Trainer & Consultant
Founder, GrantsUSA

Lunch & Networking at 11:30
Presentation at 12:00

In the end, it’s all about evaluation:

  • What is it we’re setting out to do, create, or change with our nonprofit programs and services?
  • And, how will we know that we’ve succeeded?

For many nonprofit professionals—even those who’ve been practicing a long time—the whole arena of measuring success is a mystery. What’s the difference between “outcomes” and “objectives”? How do we establish quantifiable measures for such intangibles as changes in attitudes, behaviors, or beliefs? What are funders looking for in an evaluation plan? How can an evaluation mindset be integrated into our organization’s strategic planning, program design and management, fundraising, outreach, and communications?

This session will help remove the mystery. Taking a down-to-earth, hands-on approach, we’ll share the must-have tools and must-do techniques for constructing a solid evaluation roadmap for your nonprofit’s programs and services. We’ll explore these topics and much more:

  • What does “success” look like for us?
  • What is a logic model, and how do we use one in developing evaluation plans for our organization?
  • What are the different purposes and types of evaluation, and how do we know which one is right for us?
  • What resources are available for measuring our success, and how do we use them?
  • How do we engage our stakeholders in an ongoing process of evaluation and quality management?

In this highly interactive session, you’ll practice using GrantsUSA’s step-by-step, fill-in-the-blanks template to guide you in crafting Knock Their Socks Off! outcomes statements—clear, specific, and focused on meaningful change.

About the Presenter

Maryn Boess is a 24-year nonprofit and grants professional with more than $30 million in grant funding to her credit. As founder of GrantsUSA LLC, she created a portfolio of high-quality, low-cost grants information tools, publications, websites, and training curricula. Since October 2006, she has been “on the other side,” managing about $1 million annually in grantmaking for higher education through the Arizona Board of Regents. A resident of Portland since early 2011, Maryn now consults with community-based organizations on program visioning, design, and evaluation with a focus on an exploratory process she developed called Community Change Mapping. She travels nationally to share her highly-regarded workshops and seminar presentations on strategies for public- and social-sector success.

About the Network

Each session of the Rogue Valley Nonprofit Training Series is designed to strengthen your development and leadership skills while providing field-tested concepts and tools to take back to your organization for implementation. In addition to skills development and meeting with the experts, each session allows for networking and peer coaching in a collaborative learning environment.

Become a Season Pass Holder

We encourage organizations and individuals to attend the entire series by purchasing a season pass. Season pass holders save up to $40 off of the individual session registration fees and are pre-registered for all eight network sessions (listed on the right).

The season pass includes annual membership in the Rogue Valley Nonprofit Network (RVNN), special invitations to their events and networking sessions, and notification of job opportunities. Season pass holders are eligible to apply for RVNN Scholarship Fund, which provide $50 scholarships to other Nonprofit Association of Oregon trainings.

Purchase a season pass today!

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Maryn Boess, National Nonprofit Trainer & Consultant
Founder, GrantsUSA

Lunch & Networking at 11:30
Presentation at 12:00

In the end, it’s all about evaluation:

  • What is it we’re setting out to do, create, or change with our nonprofit programs and services?
  • And, how will we know that we’ve succeeded?

For many nonprofit professionals—even those who’ve been practicing a long time—the whole arena of measuring success is a mystery. What’s the difference between “outcomes” and “objectives”? How do we establish quantifiable measures for such intangibles as changes in attitudes, behaviors, or beliefs? What are funders looking for in an evaluation plan? How can an evaluation mindset be integrated into our organization’s strategic planning, program design and management, fundraising, outreach, and communications?

This session will help remove the mystery. Taking a down-to-earth, hands-on approach, we’ll share the must-have tools and must-do techniques for constructing a solid evaluation roadmap for your nonprofit’s programs and services. We'll explore these topics and much more:

  • What does "success" look like for us?
  • What is a logic model, and how do we use one in developing evaluation plans for our organization?
  • What are the different purposes and types of evaluation, and how do we know which one is right for us?
  • What resources are available for measuring our success, and how do we use them?
  • How do we engage our stakeholders in an ongoing process of evaluation and quality management?

In this highly interactive session, you’ll practice using GrantsUSA’s step-by-step, fill-in-the-blanks template to guide you in crafting Knock Their Socks Off! outcomes statements—clear, specific, and focused on meaningful change.

About the Presenter

Maryn Boess is a 24-year nonprofit and grants professional with more than $30 million in grant funding to her credit. As founder of GrantsUSA LLC, she created a portfolio of high-quality, low-cost grants information tools, publications, websites, and training curricula. Since October 2006, she has been “on the other side,” managing about $1 million annually in grantmaking for higher education through the Arizona Board of Regents. A resident of Portland since early 2011, Maryn now consults with community-based organizations on program visioning, design, and evaluation with a focus on an exploratory process she developed called Community Change Mapping. She travels nationally to share her highly-regarded workshops and seminar presentations on strategies for public- and social-sector success.

About the Network

Each session of the Rogue Valley Nonprofit Training Series is designed to strengthen your development and leadership skills while providing field-tested concepts and tools to take back to your organization for implementation. In addition to skills development and meeting with the experts, each session allows for networking and peer coaching in a collaborative learning environment.

Become a Season Pass Holder

We encourage organizations and individuals to attend the entire series by purchasing a season pass. Season pass holders save up to $40 off of the individual session registration fees and are pre-registered for all eight network sessions (listed on the right).

The season pass includes annual membership in the Rogue Valley Nonprofit Network (RVNN), special invitations to their events and networking sessions, and notification of job opportunities. Season pass holders are eligible to apply for RVNN Scholarship Fund, which provide $50 scholarships to other Nonprofit Association of Oregon trainings.

Purchase a season pass today!

When
November 20th, 2013 from 11:30 AM to  1:30 PM
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Inn at the Commons
200 N Riverside Avenue
Medford, OR 97501
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NAO Members $22.50
Nonmembers $25.00
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