I’m Susan Kistler, the American Evaluation Association’s Executive Director and aea365 Saturday contributor. Today I’m writing from Atlanta and the AEA/CDC Summer Evaluation Institute. I wanted to share a bit more about a great resource originally mentioned by Susan Wolfe in her August 2010 post.
Rad Resource – The Community Toolbox: The Community Toolbox provided practical “step-by-step guidance in community building skills.” The Toolbox covers everything from leadership building and group facilitation to developing a strategic plan and organizing for advocacy. Want to review evaluation guidance understandable by a range of stakeholders? Check out the section on Evaluating Community Programs and Initiatives, containing four chapters:
- Chapter 36. Introduction to Evaluation
- Chapter 37. Operations in Evaluating Community Interventions
- Chapter 38. Methods for Evaluating Comprehensive Community Initiatives
- Chapter 39. Using Evaluation to Understand and Improve the Initiative
Each chapter is further broken down into multiple sections and each section contains concrete plans, tools and – a unique feature I haven’t seen elsewhere – a PowerPoint summarizing the key points and ready to use to support training and orientation.
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