ERIC Number: ED482275
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Aug
Teaching Program Assessment to Adult Learners.
Mehrotra, Chandra M.
This study evaluated a program that was designed to empower staff members form nonprofit organizations to design evaluations that help further their organizational mission, addressing the needs of their clients more effectively and efficiently. In 2001-200, the program was offered in five bimonthly, 2-day sessions. Twenty participants from 10 nonprofits attended these sessions. Program topics included utilization-focused evaluation, the programs theory of action, evaluation designs, assessment methods, data analysis, and reporting results. While enrolled in this year-long program, all participants conducted a wide range of evaluation activities in their organizations drawing on what they had learned. At each session they shared their progress with fellow participants, provided feedback to each other, and sought instructors' guidance. This active and collaborative learning allowed them to develop a better understanding of key concepts, principles, and methods in the context of their work. They gave uniformly high ratings to the program (4.5 to 5.0 on a five-point scale). These high ratings were confirmed by their enthusiasm and engagement throughout the program, by the high rate of attendance at each session, by the positive tone of response to the open-ended questions, and by their openness in sharing their work with each other. (Contains 11 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (111, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 7-10, 2003).