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Episode 39: Program evaluation (with Chari Smith)

At the end of the day, we want to make sure we are running good programs that make a difference. In this episode, Nancy and Sarah talk with evaluation expert Chari Smith to learn some simple strategies for tracking the right data to both show our impact and learn from our work. Chari Smith is author of “Nonprofit Program Evaluation Made Simple.” 

During the episode, we mention Episode 15, Evaluation: Measuring What Matters.

Question to reflect on before you listen:
What data do you track now that shows you are making a difference? 

Discussion questions:

  1. What resonated with you about this conversation? What would you like to take back to your organization?
  2. What two data points would best show the impact that your program is making? 
  3. Chari talked building an effective data gathering structure. What is your data gathering structure now? What would you do to make it better?

Word of the week: Improve
How could data guide you to improve your programs? 

What do you think?