Evaluation is key for the new Results Framework of the Community Foundation. On Aug. 22, the nonprofit organizations that were asked to submit Full Proposals in Cycle 2 for 2011 got a chance to learn the basics in evaluation from experts at UAB’s Center for Educational Accountability.
“The best part of the meeting may have been the breakout sessions, where representatives of different nonprofits talked with others who were submitting proposals related to the same Result and Strategy,” said James McCrary, Vice President Grants and Evaluation. “Peer support is an important benefit, because organizations had a variety of perspectives on how best to evaluate the effectiveness of a particular strategy.”
McCrary praised the 104 organizations that submitted Brief Proposals for the two Results in Cycle 2:
- Communities are sustainable, livable and vibrant
- Individuals and families are economically secure.
“We look forward to working with the 32 organizations now in the process of developing Full Proposals by the Sept. 22 deadline,” McCrary said. “This is where the new Results Framework allows organizations and the Community Foundation to shape effective partnerships to drive positive change.”