Measuring Community Impact to Further Your Nonprofit Mission

The Evaluation Impact Series will provide local nonprofits with an opportunity to gain a better understanding of how to evaluate their Impact Analysisefforts and the resulting impact they are having upon the community. Participants review useful program evaluation theory and learn how to develop evaluation plans to match their individual programs. This course will provide a better understanding of systematic, collaborative, program evaluation that will allow your nonprofit to better measure impact, and how to use data to apply for additional grant funding, and much more.

We are confident that should you attend and if you have questions, please ask us!

This event is sponsored by: Yampa Valley Community Foundation & Routt County Cooperative Extension

The event is 3 one-day workshops, beginning November 12th, 2019

Day 1: Evaluation Planning;
Day 2: Implementing an Evaluation; (March 2020)
Day 3: Summarizing and Reporting Evaluation Data (August 2020)

Event Details:
Day 1: Evaluation Planning;
Date: November 12th, 2019
Time: 8:30 AM – 4 PM
Location: Bud Werner Library
Cost: $25 (Included Breakfast, Coffee, and Snacks)

Workshop Leaders:

Dr. Rita O’Sullivan – Associate Professor of Evaluation and Assessment in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she teaches graduate courses in Educational Research, including program evaluation. She is the founding Director of Evaluation, Assessment, and Policy Connections (EvAP), a unit within the UNC School of Education that trains evaluators and conducts local, state, and national evaluations.  Dr. O’Sullivan has specialized in developing collaborative evaluation techniques that enhance evaluation capacity and utilization among educators and public service providers.  She has successfully conducted evaluation workshops and used collaborative evaluation approaches with programs spanning the social services, including education, agriculture, museums, community development, and family support programs with government and non-profit organizations throughout the United States, as well as overseas.  In 2004, she completed Practicing Evaluation:  A Collaborative Approach (Sage) and has co-author a number of other books.  Since 1997, Dr. O’Sullivan has traveled to Australia, Uruguay, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Southern Sudan, Russia, Brazil, Guinea, Barbados, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to conduct evaluations, make presentations, and provide evaluation capacity building trainings.  Additionally, Dr. O’Sullivan directed the American Evaluation Association’s Graduate Education Diversity Internship program from 2009-11, served as Secretary/Treasurer of the American Evaluation Association from 1992-1997.

Dr. Libby Christensen – A  family & Consumer Science and 4-H Extension Agent for Colorado State University in Routt County. Libby has over 10 years of experience working in food systems. In Libby’s current position she manages all things food related including food safety training, food preservation, and local food system efforts of which program evaluation is an integral part. Her experiences include assessing Farm to School efforts in Colorado, establishing a local food label with Sacramento County Farm Bureau, working on a small-scale pig farm in North Carolina, running a produce distribution company in the Salinas Valley, and teaching nutrition courses at Colorado State University. Libby received her BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and her MS and PhD from the University of California at Davis. When not working with extension, she enjoys skiing, hiking and cooking with her husband and young son.

TENTATIVE AGENDA DAY 1 – Evaluation Planning

8:30                        WELCOME & INTRODUCTION

  • Preliminary Investigations – Interviews & Reports

9:15                        EVALUATION

  • What?               Why?                Where?

9:45                        EVALUATION BARRIERS

  • Overcoming Barriers
  • Additional Barriers

10:00                     BREAK

10:15                     CLARIFYING EVALUATION REQUESTS

  • Exercise: Clarifying an Evaluation Request


11:30                     COGNITIVE STYLES AND EVALUATION

  • Exercise:  Understanding Your Cognitive Style

12 noon               LUNCH


1:30                        EVALUATION TERMINOLOGY

  • Exercise: Terminology Game

2:15                        EVALUATION PLANNING: LOGIC MODELS

  • Exercise: Designing a Logic Model
  • Program Theory Diagram

2:45                        BREAK



  • Exercise: Creating an Evaluation Crosswalk

3:30                        EVALUATION TIMELINES & Budgets

3:45                        REFLECTIONS OF THE DAY / PLUS DELTA

4:00                        ADJOURN