Helping Grantees Evaluate Their Work

Workshop on internal evaluation for grantees

Between 2004 and 2009, staff at OMG Center for Collaborative Learning (OMG) in Philadelphia conducted a series of training workshops, provided follow-up technical assistance and held a “closing convening” to build self-evaluation capability among grantees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Three successive grants allowed OMG to pilot and revise its training strategy.

Key Results:

  • Project participants applied the training and technical assistance they received to a variety of evaluation activities, such as developing a theory of change (a strategy to achieve long-term goals), developing survey instruments, conducting surveys and focus groups and developing evaluation measures.
  • OMG staff saw evidence of “evaluative thinking” among participants, particularly those who received the more intensive level of training provided as part of the third grant. They considered this change in mindset even more significant than the specific evaluation skills participants learned.

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