My name is Susana Bonis, and I am an advanced graduate student at Claremont Graduate University. I work with small to mid-size nonprofit organizations in fundraising, strategic planning, and evaluation. Most of the organizations I work with focus on outcome measurement, and many are looking to develop their own internal evaluation capacity. I introduce nearly all of them to logic models, and how they can be used. The two resources I will highlight are “oldies but goodies”– they offer straightforward definitions, plenty of examples, and useful tools and worksheets; there’s no need to reinvent the wheel!
Rad Resource: W. K. Kellogg Foundation guide to developing a logic model. The guide describes what a logic model is and how it can be used to direct evaluation efforts. Fictitious examples help readers understand the processes of both developing a logic model and using it to frame evaluation questions. Helpful tips are provided for establishing indicators to measure success. The appendix offers logic model templates and checklists of important things to consider when constructing each part of the model. Hard copies are available in English and Spanish. http://bit.ly/WKKFoundationLMguide
Rad Resource: The United Way’s Measuring Program Outcomes predates the Kellogg guide. This is a step-by-step manual for health, human service, and youth- and family-serving agencies focused on specifying program outcomes, developing measurable indicators, identifying data sources and data collection methods, analyzing and reporting findings, and using outcome information. It can be ordered for $5 (includes shipping and handling) from http://bit.ly/UW-OMRN.
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