BrunFnd label BrunFnd label BrunFnd label Effectiveness Initiatives
BrunFnd label Effectiveness Initiatives
  • Sustaining Evaluative Capacity
    Evaluation Support Project, Anchoring Evaluative Capacity


    In three separate projects basic evaluation training was provided to multiple staff members with direct service delivery responsibility (e.g., program managers) in multiple organizations that had already participated in comprehensive (18 months+) evaluation training programs (see Evaluation Support Project and Anchoring Evaluation Capacity project reports for examples). Participants included the Executive Directors of each organization and staff who had been involved in the long-term training, as well as those who had never participated in evaluation training. The Evaluation Support 2.0 project involved two organizations (Center for Anti-Violence Education in NYC, and Jewish Family Service in Rochester) that had never received longer-term training before, but had been recipients of Bruner Foundation grant support.

    The Evaluation Support (2010 and the 2.0 version 2015) and Anchoring Projects (2011-2012) helped participants refresh or learn new skills and enhance organization-wide evaluative thinking as well. In all the projects, the training included instruction and activities addressing basic evaluation planning (evaluation questions, stakeholders, designs), evaluation logic (outcomes, indicators, targets), and attention to data analysis. The ESP 2.0 project focused specificlly on data analysis using tools such as Survey Monkey and Microsoft Excel.