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March 22, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Workshop: Program Evaluation Doesn’t Have to be a Monkey Wrench

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Salvatore Alaimo, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration, Grand Valley State University

As a nonprofit, demonstrating the effectiveness of programs and competitive advantage is essential. Yet, many organizations struggle to systematically evaluate their programs for many reasons, including limited staff time and financial resources. This workshop will provide you with practical knowledge and tools that will enable you to engage in Evaluation Capacity Building (ECB). Nonprofits that have successfully utilized ECB have enhanced their organizational learning; prepared themselves for external demands for program evaluation; and improved morale through a renewed value of their work. Through review of case studies and applied learning exercises, you will gain:

  • An understanding of the concept and best practices for ECB, including identifying key stakeholders
  • Knowledge of how to develop a theory of change model and program logic model, a foundational step with ECB
  • A baseline level of your organization’s evaluation capacity

Presenter Biography

Salvatore Alaimo is an associate professor in the School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration at Grand Valley State University. Salvatore has published book chapters in The Jossey-Bass Reader on Nonprofit and Public Leadership; Volunteer Administration: Professional Practice; Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations: A Reference Handbook; Handbook of Research on Nonprofit Economics and Management, and International Encyclopedia of Civil Society. He also published journal articles in New Directions for Evaluation and the Journal of the Grant Professionals Association. Salvatore recently produced his first film, a documentary titled What is Philanthropy?, available through Indiana University Press, that enhances our understanding of the concept of giving and its role in our lives and American society.

Salvatore has nine years’ experience working at nonprofit organizations including the United Way and the Girl Scouts, and he has consulted for nonprofits including the National Benevolent Association, the University of Georgia, Georgia Ballet, International Rescue Committee, United Way, and Latin American Association among others. He earned his PhD in philanthropic studies at Indiana University, and his MS in urban studies from Georgia State University. He is also certified in volunteer administration (CVA).

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