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Evaluation is a subject that has gained lots of attention lately. Most, if not all, foundations as well as state grant sources are requiring some form of evaluation to make sure that monies received are being spent wisely. The name of the game is

now more than ever “accountability.” Be very careful you don’t slide into the trap of chasing after grant dollars so hard you lose site of your organization’s mission!

Management Assistance Program for Nonprofits: Basic Guide to Program Evaluation Developed by Carter McNamara

Evaluation, in the context of management activities, is carefully collecting information about something in order to make necessary decisions about it. There are a large number and wide variety of evaluations that can occur in businesses, whether for-profit or nonprofit.

The National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) is the national repository of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States. Its mission is to develop and disseminate high quality data on nonprofit organizations and their activities for use in research on the relationships between the nonprofit sector, government, the commercial sector, and the broader civil society.

The American Evaluation Association is an international professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many other forms of evaluation. Evaluation involves assessing the strengths and weaknesses of programs, policies, personnel, products, and organizations to improve their effectiveness.

DISCLAIMER: This information is not intended to provide legal or accounting advice, or to address specific situations. Please consult with your legal or tax advisor to supplement and verify what you learn here.

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