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Canceled -Supporting Your Mission & Reporting to Fundraisers: Evaluation That Builds Capacity

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 @ 8:30 AM-12:30 PM

$40

This event has been canceled. Please check back for a rescheduled date soon.

This workshop costs $40 per person and is a partnership program of The Academy of Science – St. Louis and the University of Missouri – St. Louis and is being offered as part of the University’s Environmental Education Program Evaluation Chancellor’s Certificate.  | Click to Register Online

Instructors: Jim Jordan & Carolyn Noe

This workshop is a part of the Environmental Education Program Evaluation Chancellor’s Certificate.

“Evaluation, if done properly, can serve as a decision-making tool. It provides information about a program – from the user’s perspective – that determines the program’s successes and shortcomings and helps make decisions about the program’s future.” –Randi Korn, Introduction to Museum Evaluation

Do you think of evaluation as an afterthought or during program development? Stakeholders, whether your organization’s administration or external funders, have expectations and outcomes they want delivered. Program evaluation serves a primary role in justifying educational activities and resources to informing funders of a program’s successes and challenges.

Typically, organizations work from their mission to identify several overall goals which must be reached to accomplish their mission. Oftentimes, each of these goals becomes a program. Programs must be evaluated to ensure the programs are indeed useful to constituents and a match to the organization’s mission. Program evaluation is carefully collecting information about a program or some aspect of a program in order to make necessary decisions about the program. Program evaluation provides what you need to know to satisfy both internal and external constituents, including funders.

Main topics covered in this workshop include:

  • Preparing your funder and educators/interpreters for program evaluation results
  • Developing SMART Objectives from your mission that informs effective evaluation
  • Demonstrating that your theory of change is effective and working for the audience you are engaging
  • Telling your organization’s story through data and personal anecdotes
  • Using research to support your evaluation story and methods

Participants should bring:

  • The mission statements for both their organization and department.
  • Past funders and targeted funding institutions, organizations, foundations or individuals.
  • Reporting guidelines and past or current funders want to know about your program or project.

This workshop is highly interactive as you share ideas with your peers. You will develop objectives that guide your evaluation program to meet your mission and funder’s wishes. You will leave with a partially developed action plan to finish and implement at your organization. Resources will be shared that provide guidance and examples to support your efforts to help better accomplish your mission and provide funders with the information they require.

Cancellation Policy for Noncredit Business Administration Programs: The university reserves the right to cancel any program. In the event of cancellation, you will be notified immediately, and all program fees will be returned. If you must cancel the registration, you are entitled to a full refund only if you cancel two weeks prior to the first class.

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Details

Date:
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Time:
8:30 AM-12:30 PM
Cost:
$40
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Commerce Bank Center for Science Education
4651 Shaw Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63110
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