Valparaiso University. The Lumina Center Grantseeking Workshop Series Presents Outcomes & Evaluations April 20, 2006. Today’s Agenda. Project components Defining outcomes Outcomes based planning Outcomes vs. outputs Identifying your audience Setting outcomes to drive planning
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The Lumina Center
Grantseeking Workshop Series
Outcomes & Evaluations
April 20, 2006
(Money, staff, volunteers, facilities, equipment, supplies)
(Strategies, techniques, types of treatment)
(direct products, classes taught, educational materials distributed)
(including indicators and data sources)
The “So What” factor
As funding becomes more scarce, service providers, governments, other funders, and the public are calling for clearer evidence that the resources they expend actually produce benefits for people.
Funders want greater accountability for the use of their resources.
Outcome based planning uses audience needs and hoped-for results as the foundation for programs and design decisions
Outcome based evaluation is a systematic way to assess the extent to which a program has achieved its intended results.
It focuses on the key questions
Activities and services leading towards intended outcomes
Have a definite beginning and end
Design it to change attitudes, behaviors, knowledge, or increase skills and abilities based on assumed need
Programs are developed as a result of assumptions about people’s needs
Information can be drawn from:
NEED: A condition, want, deficit that is common to a group of individuals
SOLUTION: A program that will change or improve behaviors, knowledge, skills, attitudes, life condition, or status
DESIRED RESULTS: The change or improvement you expect to achieve
Reports summarize the results of outcome data and include:
After a reasonable period of operation, evaluate the effectiveness of the outcomes system:
September 21, 2006: “Introduction to Grantseeking on Campus” (repeat)
October 19, 2006: “Federal Grantseeking”
November 16, 2006: “Collecting Data for Grantseeking”
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