Assessment of Program Outcomes

Dr. John M. Kelley Memorial Evaluation Institute.

Important Notice: CANCELLED until further notice!

For over two decades the program evaluation spotlight has clearly been focusing upon the assessment of program results or outcomes. PCHF has a long-standing history in offering training and technical assistance to its grantees in the area of program evaluation as well as sponsoring its own outcome evaluations of key Foundation programs and initiatives. Recently, PCHF retained Grantmakers in Health to conduct a comprehensive peer review of the Foundation spanning its organizational structure as well as its management, fiscal, and programmatic practices. Among the recommendations proffered in the January, 2016, report was the following:

PCHF should require grantees to report outcome measures in addition to the process measures, such as the number of people served, that they currently provide. Outcome measures can inform PCHF staff whether grantees are contributing to the foundation’s stated vision and goals. This additional requirement should be introduced gradually. The foundation’s evaluation consultant is one resource who could facilitate this process and provide education and technical assistance to grantees.

This training initiative directly responds to the above cited recommendation to provide education and technical assistance to grantees regarding outcome measures. The Phoenixville Community Health Foundation is requiring that every grantee organization complete the Assessment of Program Outcomes Workshop as a requirement for future grant funding.

Assessment of Program Outcomes Workshop Overview

The workshop will feature a time-tested uniform model for identifying, articulating, and measuring program outcomes. In its one-day format, the training is experiential, featuring hands-on practical exercises, a defined six-step model, and an opportunity for participants to map their own evaluation plans specific to their organizations. Supporting methods and tools such as logic models and qualitative evaluation are also addressed. Tangible take-aways include an Evaluation Workbook, which provides background material, print and video references, and a one-page Outcomes Assessment Worksheet. The workshop will be offered as a one-day workshop.

Going Forward Annual Assessment of Program Outcomes workshops dates will be posted on this site and communicated through e-mail and newsletters, with instructions for registration.

A document that outlines the Assessment of Program Outcomes Application Process is available.