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Nonprofit organizations -- Management, Nonprofit organizations -- Study and teaching, Evaluation research (Social action programs), Social service -- Evaluation

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5 pages


This month’s topic is learning program evaluation.

This month we are excited to share the perspective and experience of a recent certificate recipient from The Nonprofit Institute's Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Program Evaluation, a partnership with WVDO.

We celebrate the accomplishments of this year's cohort, including our interviewee Barrett Ebright Karnes, for completing the Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Program Evaluation. This year's participants explored a wide range of questions and circumstances related to program evaluation and their organizations. Thanks to the diversity of the nonprofit sector represented in the cohort, we saw how program evaluation applied across many different service domains—such as arts, tourism, youth development and education, employment, health, and housing. In this issue, we garner some wisdom collected from doing program evaluation, with some attention to housing programs.

Many of us doing evaluation with our own organizations for the first time often encounter high expectations that can quickly become overwhelming. An important thing to remember when doing evaluations is that starting small is perfectly okay. Even small steps (or efforts) to evaluate your program can lead the way to valuable insights about programs. Also, there is always plenty of learning through evaluation. For all evaluators, from novice to expert, learning from others doing evaluation is critical for continuous growth. Email us at with your own learning experience or if you would like to share your insights in a Nonprofit Nerd interview.

Let the resources and insights we share in The Nonprofit Nerd inspire you to get your nerd on and find innovative ways to make research and data work for you and your nonprofit!


The Nonprofit Institute (NPI) is a collaboration with community stakeholders and representatives from PSU’s College of Urban and Public Affairs, College of the Arts, the School of Business’ Impact Entrepreneurs program, and the School of Social Work’s Center to Advance Racial Equity.

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