Approaches to Measuring More Community Engagement – a review of measurement tools and techniques used by organizations in Canada, Scotland, and the United States

 Developmental Evaluation Primer – a J.W. McConnell Family Foundation publication that introduces the concept of developmental evaluation and provides some support tools – developmental evaluation is a comprehensive and holistic method that incorporates a continual and iterative approach to planning, implementation, and evaluation

Duck Soup and Library Outcome Evaluation by Ray Lyons (Public Library Quarterly, Volume 31, Issue 4, 2012,  pages 326-338) – “This article briefly reviews this [evaluation]history, examines the rationale for assessing program outcomes and impacts, and explains the crucial distinction between these two concepts that has been largely ignored in library evaluation literature.”

Engaging Queenslanders: Evaluating Community Engagement – a good introduction to evaluation concepts in a community engagement context

Family Literacy PLC Training – The City of Ontario and the Ontario-Montclair School District (OMSD) developed an overview of logic models for their Family Literacy PLC Training

The Innovation Network – a nonprofit evaluation, research, and consulting firm that specializes in transforming evaluation for social change – “Measure results, Make informed decisions, Create lasting change” – a variety of program evaluation tools are available in their Resources section

Logic Models – a 15-minute narrated tutorial on understanding and building a logic model

Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust Logic Model – concise explanation and diagrams of a logic model that illustrates the connection between planned work and intended results – developed by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Social Capital: Measurement and Consequences – Robert Putnam, the author of Bowling Alone, shares the results of five years of U.S. research on social capital – numerous charts show interesting correlations between high or low social capital and quality of life factors

Theory of Change – a method or technique that can assist communities to think about, plan, and evaluate their work.  It involves ‘backwards mapping’ from the goals or desired outcomes of a program to identify what is needed in the program design to accomplish these goals.  The Center for Theory of Change focuses on applying and using this method in international development, sustainability, education, human rights, and social change areas.  The center’s Theory of Change Basics primer covers the key elements of developing a Theory of Change process

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