Program Evaluations Even a Nonprofit Could Love [Workshop at #ArabAmericanSummit]


Photo courtesy of University of California, Berkeley

We live in an ever-changing world that requires adaptability to thrive. Nonprofit organizations must learn how to evaluate and develop their programs to meet changing community needs.

The Arab American Summit—Nov. 7 to 8 in Dearborn, Mich.—will feature the workshop “Evaluation Even a Nonprofit Could Love: Low-Cost Program Evaluation for Community-Based Organizations.” This interactive session will teach you how to design and implement program evaluations for the greatest impact. 

This session is guaranteed to be both engaging and practical! The workshop will provide an overview of the core concepts in evaluation for a non-profit setting, before delving into some of the specific details of implementation. Key topics will include the various uses, purposes and benefits of low-cost evaluations that can be conducted internally by staff, board members, student interns, or volunteers. The workshop will use the basic program logic model to allow participants to develop evaluation questions, outcomes, indicators and data collection methods appropriate to their organizations and the people they serve. This workshop is intended to provide participants with a solid foundation in program evaluation at the intermediate level. 

“Evaluation Even a Nonprofit Could Love,” will be led by Michigan non-profit consultant Mark A. Lelle. Lelle is an independent consultant with 30 years of experience in planning, implementing and evaluating programs in the nonprofit sector. His clients have included the C.S. Mott Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, Lumina Foundation for Education, Cherokee Preservation Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, Council of Michigan Foundations and the Michigan Nonprofit Association. Prior to consulting, Lelle served as Evaluation Manager with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where he participated in the design and management of many program initiatives and co-authored the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Evaluation Handbook. He holds a Ph.D. in community development from Michigan State University.

Register for The Arab American Summit to attend this session and others!

Summit Early Bird Registration Deadline: Sept. 18, 2015 at midnight

  • $150.00 (NNAAC Member)
  • $200.00 (Non-NNAAC Member)
  • $100.00 (High School/College Student)
  • $75.00 Dinner Only

*Includes Saturday night dinner and limited transportation (to and from a Detroit outing on Friday evening and to and from dinner site on Saturday). Prices increase after Early Bird Registration ends, but registration remains open until Nov. 3, 2015.

Click here for more information on the Summit and to register.

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