Assessment

Peggy helped us articulate our ‘theory of change,’ which appropriately grounded our plan in the impacts we hope to achieve for the people and institutions we serve.”

Deborah Watrous, Executive Director, NH Humanities Council

 

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Assessments and evaluations are about learning.

Assessments and evaluations help you learn how to:

  • Better meet the needs of those you serve
  • Make your organization stronger and more sustainable

They are also tools that help you:

  • Track your progress and
  • Demonstrate results to your stakeholders

I can help you:

  • Articulate your Theory of Change.  A “Theory of Change” is a simplified version of a Logic Model that uses a few words and images to capture the outcomes that will occur as a direct result of the work that you do and your assumptions about how that change will occur.   Creating a Theory of Change is a powerful way to “tell your story” and focus your work.
  • Assess your organizational capacity using the CCAT and/or the Alliance for Justice Advocacy Evaluation Tool. The CCAT is the Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT) developed by The TCC Group.  The CCAT helps you assess the Leadership, Management, Adaptive and Technical capacities of your organization and makes recommendations on where to focus first in building your organization’s strength.  For more information on the CCAT see:  http://www.nhnonprofits.org/knowledgecenter/ccat.cfm
  • Strengthen your ability to advocate effectively.  The Alliance for Justice has designed an assessment tool specifically for advocacy organizations.  You can use the tool to make sure that you have all of the building blocks in place that you need to do successful advocacy.   For more information see:  http://www.advocacyevaluation.org/
  • Conduct Stakeholder Interviews and Focus Groups.  Interviews and focus groups can provide rich information.  They are particularly useful when you want to gather more nuanced information than you can get from a survey and when you want to know why your stakeholders think the way they do.  I’ve also found that interviews and focus groups often reveal critical feedback on questions you didn’t even know to ask!
  • Create simple surveys.  The key to a good survey is asking the right questions and asking them in a way that gets at the heart of what you want to know.  I can help you hone in on what you want to know and from whom and then create the survey that will help you get the answers you need.

“Peggy is an excellent consultant because of the depth and breadth of experiences, creativity and skills she brings to her work.”

Ellen Fineberg, Executive Director, Children’s Alliance of NH