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Monitoring and Evaluation Capacity Building in Nonprofit Organizations

Session Number: NPF1
Track: Nonprofit and Foundations
Session Type: TIG Multipaper
Session Chair: Nathan Morrow [Research Assocaite Professor - Tulane University]
Presenter 1: Julien B Kouame [Program Evaluator]
Presenter 2: Andrea Nicole Bradley, 21658 [Graduate Research Assistant - University of Nebraska at Omaha]
Presenter 3: Kelsey Simmons [Evaluation Associate - EnCompass, LLC.]
Presentation 3 Additional Author: Heather Britt [Senior Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Advisor - EnCompass, LLC.]
Time: Oct 29, 2016 (07:00 AM - 07:45 AM)
Room: International South 7

Abstract 1 Title: An authentic method for assessing evaluation capacity in nonprofit organization
Presentation Abstract 1:

Nonprofits organizations face resource constraints and pressure from funding agencies to be accountable in their effort to generate tangible results. Many of them find solution in capacity building in diverse domains including but not limited to technology, back office management, fundraising, communication, and evaluation for the purpose of becoming more effective and sustainable. According to Welsh and Morariu (2011), Evaluation capacity building is a domain in which funders of the social interventions recommend to nonprofit leaders to increase their impact. This paper describes an authentic method for assessing evaluation capacity and lessons learned through the process.  

Nonprofits organizations face resource constraints and pressure from funding agencies to be accountable in their effort to generate tangible results. Many of them find solution in capacity building in diverse domains including but not limited to technology, back office management, fundraising, communication, and evaluation for the purpose of becoming more effective and sustainable. According to Welsh and Morariu (2011), Evaluation capacity building is a domain in which funders of the social interventions recommend to nonprofit leaders to increase their impact. This paper describes an authentic method for assessing evaluation capacity and lessons learned through the process.  


Abstract 2 Title: Building Evaluation Capacity in Nonprofit Organizations
Presentation Abstract 2:

Nonprofit organizations address a multitude of social problems and receive significant funding from grants and foundations.  However, they are usually ill-equipped to conduct the required evaluations due to limited time, staff, knowledge, and resources.  This session will discuss the results of a program evaluation needs assessment conducted with nonprofits in Omaha, Nebraska.  We assessed current evaluation practices, needs, barriers, and effective ways to increase evaluation capacity for these organizations.  Based on the results, we developed and implemented a no-cost program evaluation training series, with follow-up options of a service-learning partnership in a graduate level program evaluation course, individualized consulting, and participation in a networking/resource group with other community nonprofits.  Session participants will learn about the methods and successes of the program evaluation capacity-building effort, and how to help nonprofit organizations see program evaluation as a valuable tool rather than an “expensive luxury.”


Abstract 3 Title: Building monitoring capacity in Nigeria: the case of seven civil society organizations working under one maternal mortality accountability grant portfolio
Presentation Abstract 3:

Monitoring and evaluation is the cornerstone of organizational effectiveness, learning, and articulating the “story” behind achievements. Local organizations often have limited monitoring capacity for learning. As part of its 3-year grant portfolio to seven civil society organizations working in 13 states across Nigeria, the MacArthur Foundation developed a separate external support contract to build grantee organizations’ monitoring capacity to learn and adapt their grant implementation over time.  This session will outline the impetus for the MacArthur Foundations’ decision to build monitoring capacity, and describe the participatory process through which grantee organizations developed individual theories of change and refined a portfolio-level theory of change. Benefiting from bi-annual monitoring workshops, mostly virtual mentoring, and data quality assessments, grantee organizations have stronger monitoring systems. By midline, grantee organizations and the MacArthur Foundation have measured grantee progress, used monitoring data as part of the portfolio-level evaluation, and strengthened grantee organization implementation, learning, and adapting.


Audience Level: All Audiences

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Monitoring and Evaluation Capacity Building in Nonprofit Organizations



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