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Evaluation with Power: A New Approach to Organizational Effectiveness, Empowerment, and Excellence (Jossey-Bass Nonprofit and Public Management Series)by Sandra Trice Gray
Synopses & Reviews
Thoughtful, meaningful evaluation is a vital tool that can help any organization progress in ways that lead to greater achievement of its mission. As an ongoing process to achieve organizational effectiveness, evaluation can be a source of power and a force for change. However people in nonprofit organizations too often see evaluation as something that is done to them rather than something they can dot themselves to strenghten their performance. Until now, they lacked the support and guidance they needed to make evaluation part of their everyday work.
Evaluation With Power provides that support and guidance. Building on INDEPENDENT SECTOR?S ongoing research on evaluation, it is a practical, comprehensive handbook for transforming the organization, its management, programs, process, and organizational evaluation into a positive learning experience that connects performance to mission. The book focuses on the needs of the nonprofit and reveals the sort of evaluation that is most appropriate to and helpful for nonprofits. Sandra Trice Gray has brought together leading experts from a wide range of fields to show how to use the power of evaluation in key organizational areas, including program design, human resource management, information systems, volunteers, fund raising and more.
Evaluation With Power shows that true evaluation is a process of asking good questions, gathering information to answer them, and making decisions based on those answers
Evaluation With Power provides members of nonprofit sector organizations at all levels with the information and guidance they need to make evaluation work. It explains how evaluation relates to board and staff concerns and shows how it can help create an environment for learning and renewal. It provides the "how" of an ongoing process of evaluation and will help organizations make the most of limited resources and ensure its viability and health in a changing environment.
Book News Annotation:
A practical handbook on evaluation for nonprofit professionals, showing how to connect performance to mission with organizational programs and process evaluation. Part I covers aspects of making evaluation a useful management tool, such as empowering staff for evaluation, the board's role in evaluation, volunteer contributions to evaluation, and using client feedback. Part II contains information on using ongoing evaluation to strengthen key areas such as program outcomes, human resource management, resource development, and information management. Other subjects include adapting evaluation to the organizational culture, and using outside evaluators. Includes sample forms.
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Evaluation with Power becomes more important in the social sector every day. Donors no longer reward good intentions, they reward results. This book can help social sector leaders manage for the mission and measure results.
?Frances Hesselbein, president and CEO, Peter F. Drucker Foundation
Evaluation with Power transforms evaluation into a powerful tool nonprofits can use to help their organizations progress and change in ways that lead to greater achievement of mission. Building on THE INDEPENDENT SECTOR'S ongoing research on evaluation, it is a practical, comprehensive handbook for turning program, process, and organizational evaluation into a positive learning experience that connects performance to mission. The book focuses on the needs of the nonprofit and reveals the sort of evaluation that is most appropriate to and helpful for nonprofits.
Leading experts from a wide range of show how to use evaluation in key organizational areas, including program design, human resource management, information systems, volunteers, and more.
A practical, comprehensive handbook for transforming program, process, and organizational evaluation into a positive learning experience that connects performance to the mission. Leading experts show how to use evaluation in key organizational areas, including program design, human resource management, information systems, volunteers, and more.
About the Author
SANDRA TRICE GRAY is vice president of INDEPENDENT SECTOR where she heads the Effective Sector Leadership and International Initiatives Program. Previously she served as an assistant commissioner with the U.S. Department of Education.
Table of Contents
MAKING EVALUATION A USEFUL MANAGEMENT TOOL (by Sandra Trice Gray).
Ongoing Evaluation: A New Approach.
Empowering Staff for Evaluation.
The Board's Role in Evaluation.
How Volunteers Can Contribute to Evaluation.
Using Client Feedback to Improve Programs and Services.
USING ONGOING EVALUATION TO IMPROVE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES.
Organizational Behavior and Policy (A. Merget & E. Weaver).
Program Effectiveness and Outcomes (J. Seeley).
Human Resource Management (D. Young & H. Doerman).
Information Management (R. Millett & M. Lelle).
Resource Development (P. McE. Buchanan & T. Hurwitz).
Ethics and Accountability (J. Belk & M. Daignault).
Adapting the Evaluation Process to the Organizational Culture (R. Adamson & E. Weaver).
Using Outside Evaluatorsv (P. Patrizi & J. Sanders).
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