Program Evaluation Resources

Fun video clarifying the distinction between “correlation” and “causation”

Overview Strategies for Causal Attribution, Unicef 2014, free download

Practical Strategies for Culturally Competent Evaluation, CDC 2016, free download

Commissioning Multicultural Evaluation: A Foundation Resource Guide, The California Endowment 2005, free download

American Evaluation Association Statement On Cultural Competence In Evaluation, 2011, free download

The Nonprofit Outcomes Toolbox: A Complete Guide to Program Effectiveness, Performance Measurement and Results, by Robert M. Penna, Wiley Nonprofit Authority, 2011.

Center for What Works (CFWW) provides low-cost e-learning courses on outcomes benchmarking at different levels and free downloadable tools and evaluation frameworks (logic models) with indicators for many programs.

Free Evaluation and Social Research Methods Resources, including introductions to evaluation, Research Gate: Research Methods and Global Social Change

Issue Lab, a service of the Foundation Center--searchable database of free social sector evaluation & research reports

The Urban Institute Outcomes Indicator Project (in partnership with Center for What Works) free downloadable logic models and indicators for 14 program areas ranging from adult education and advocacy to employment training, performing arts and youth mentoring

Western Michigan University Evaluation Center Free downloadable tools and resources for evaluators.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Free downloadable or hard copy evaluation resources

American Evaluation Association International professional association hosting a huge annual conference with vast learning opportunities.

The Evaluators Institute, now housed at Claremont Graduate University, with in-person trainings in Los Angeles and Washington D.C., excellent training on a wide range of evaluation topics.

Dabbling in the Data: A Hands-on Guide to Participatory Data Analysis, by PublicProfit

Making Wise Decisions: A Step-by-Step Guide to Picking the Right Data System, by PublicProfit

Stanford Social Innovation Review piece on how to relate evaluation/EBP research to your program

Stanford Social Innovation Review article on when it makes sense--and when it doesn't--for nonprofits to evaluate their own programs

Jewish Family & Community Services "Tool for Inter-agency Evaluation Resource Sharing (TIERS)--helpful discussion of specific capacity needed for different kinds of program evaluation

TechSoup Article about Choosing a Client Tracking Database

Large database of free resources on program evaluation and social research methods

Charting Impact, an online repository of self-reported nonprofit impact data for donors and funders

US Social Innovation Fund's Evaluation Plan Guidance on conducting rigorous evaluation to create impact evidence

Social Impact Calculator, online tool to monetize the value of social programs' impact


Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence Blueprints

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Model Program Guide

Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy, Social Programs that Work

What Works Clearinghouse

California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare

Cochrane Collaboration Library of Systematic Reviews