Program Evaluation Lunch & Learn Recap

Yael Silk informed K+C Network members about all types of program evaluation this afternoon. Miss out? Read here to see what went down!

Today, network members met with arts and education specialist Yael Silk to discuss how program evaluation can help organizations throughout Pittsburgh.

The afternoon began with an exciting announcement from Spark. Spark is offering a workshop series with Yael to all projects and organizations in the K+C Network. The workshop series will consist of three meetings with Yael and follow up conversations. The sessions will help answer the following questions:

  • Session 1: What does the program look like? (Logic Model 101)
  • Session 2: What do you want to know?
  • Session 3: What data will you collect and what will you do with it?

The cost for this program evaluation workshop series is $200, a 56% discount from the original cost!

There are only 10 spots open for this opportunity, and the registration deadline is Thursday, October 4th. Be sure to register yourself as soon as possible to ensure your spot.

To register: email or call 412-325-0646.

This afternoon’s Lunch & Learn only scratched the surface of program evaluation. Participants took time to brainstorm why they felt evaluation was important.

“Impact.” “Record & reflect.” “Continuous.” “Outside perspective.”¬†“Evidence.” “Improvement.” “Audience served.”

A variety of answers were generated, indicating a general sense of the need for ongoing program evaluation. Yael told the audience that the first step in thorough evaluation is to answer three questions:

  1. What stage of the program are you in?
  2. What kind of evaluation have you already done? What data do you have?
  3. What do you want to see come out of this evaluation?

In three words: planning, implementation, and sustainability.

Like-minded audience members found themselves engaging in discussion over what they found to be the most interesting type of evaluation – process, implementation, or impact. Process evaluation focuses on the planning process and strategic choices made in the beginning. Implementation evaluation dealt with putting the program into action and seeing if it meets the requirements and satisfaction of participants. Impact evaluation takes a look at the short and long-term benefits and outcomes of the program. All evaluation serves the purpose to be better and be successful – you can get there through any of these avenues.

The audience was reminded that this is complicated work! It takes more than a one hour luncheon with Yael to create successful program evaluation. Thankfully, Spark is offering the opportunity to expand work with her through the workshop series. Take the next step! Registration is due by October 4th, and only ten spots exist. Don’t wait!

Published September 28, 2012