Program Evaluation &
Create a lasting impact
A key characteristic of effective nonprofits and foundations is continuous evaluation and learning — gathering data, measuring impact, and assessing lessons learned in order to strengthen the organization’s work over time. Cypress Research works with your team to develop
an evaluation and learning approach that fits your organization’s needs in a variety of areas.
What are the short term, intermediate and long-term outcomes your organization is trying to achieve through its programs and services? To what extent are these outcomes being reached?
What is the level of awareness of your organization in the community?
What are the perceptions of your brand
and how can they be strengthened?
What are the unmet needs of the community
your organization or program hopes to serve?
Are programs and services being delivered as planned?
What are stakeholders’ perceptions of your programs and services and how can they be improved?
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PROGRAM EVALUATION & OUTCOME MEASUREMENT
Building strong nonprofit programs and foundation funding strategies
Our program evaluation process typically begins with the development of a theory of change or program logic model. This model is developed through brainstorming sessions with key staff.
All program activities are listed and linked with intended short-term, intermediate and long-term outcomes. The model then serves as the basis for on-going evaluation efforts.
We employ a full range of research methods including:
Theory of change/logic model development
for program planning and evaluation
Secondary research & literature reviews
Focus group with key stakeholders including recruitment, facilitation, and analysis
In-depth stakeholder interviews
Online and mail surveys
Determining the best approach for you
Needs assessment research is focused on determining the unmet needs of a target population and typically involves multiple research methods. The qualitative piece involves delving deep into met and unmet needs through focus groups or one-on-one in-depth interviews with key stakeholders. Quantitative assessment typically involves a confidential online survey with a broader sample the target population to determine gaps between current conditions and desired outcomes. Needs assessment research may also involve gathering and summarizing existing data on the needs of your client population.