survey, program evaluation

Implementing surveys in program evaluation: Informed consent

November 30, 2017 | Pieta Blakely

In program evaluation, we often don't have to go through and IRB or ethics review before we conduct a survey. That means we are responsible for conducting an ethical survey ourselves. The consent process is one area where it's easy to make mistakes that can have real ethical implications. Here, I ...

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Some useful (and very readable) guides to building logic models

November 15, 2017 | Pieta Blakely

The basis of an internal evaluation program for a nonprofit organization is clear logic models. The first thing to know about logic models is there is no single right template. You'll want to try out a few and see what works best for your program and your organization.    Here are a handful of ...

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survey, program evaluation

A review of free online survey tools

November 07, 2017 | Pieta Blakely

Folks who have worked with me know that I get pretty passionate about how much I dislike the free version of SurveyMonkey. Lots of organizations use it in the context of internal program evaluation – because it’s free. But it has major drawbacks. The most important is that you can not export your ...

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Better survey results: Sampling

November 06, 2017 | Pieta Blakely

Whether its for a research project or a program evaluation, one of the hardest things about implementing a survey is understand who you should have respond to it. A survey is only a useful method of gathering data if you have planned carefully about your sample. The goal is to make sure that the ...

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Better survey results: Likert scales (or ratings scales) and how to interpret them

November 02, 2017 | Pieta Blakely

A very common and useful question type in survey research is the Likert scale. That’s the kind that asks the respondent to agree or disagree with a statement, or rate the extent to which they liked something. They are used a lot in program evaluation or simple feedback forms, where we ask ...

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