State of Evaluation 2016: Evaluation Practice and Capacity in the Nonprofit Sector

Session Number: 1755
Track: Nonprofit and Foundations
Session Type: Demonstration
Tags: applied research in social sciences, capacity building, Data Visualization, data viz, evaluation capacity, Evaluation capacity building, Innovation Network, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Non profit, Non-Profit, non-profits, Nonprofit Evaluations, research on evaluation, state of evaluation
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Johanna Morariu [Director - Innovation Network, Inc.]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Kat Athanasiades [Senior Associate - Innovation Network, Inc.]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Veena Pankaj [Director - Innovation Network, Inc.]
Fourth Author or Discussion Group Leader: Deborah Grodzicki [Senior Associate - Innovation Network]
Time: Oct 28, 2016 (11:00 AM - 11:45 AM)
Room: A601

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract: 

Nonprofit organizations are diverse, and their evaluation approaches are equally diverse. As an evaluator, what kinds of evaluation capacity and practices might you expect to encounter in your nonprofit partners? As a funder, how likely are your grantees to be able to collect and use the data you expect them to? State of Evaluation 2016 is the third installment of the nationwide survey and research project on nonprofit evaluation capacity and practice, containing new findings from nonprofits about trends in the field such as the types of evaluation they engage in, how they staff evaluation, how they fund evaluation, and evaluation culture. Findings from the 2016 report will be compared to 2012 and 2010 data, and the authors will discuss the implications of these findings for evaluators and funders.