Getting Value from Evaluations

Moderator: Edward Pauly, Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund
Panelists: John Bare, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Elizabeth Boris, The Urban Institute; Michael O'Hare, University of California, Berkeley Published: Fall 1999

Many smart arts foundation officers evaluate their programs to add value to their grantmaking, yet they often find that evaluations produce little of value. The moral: it pays to be informed, selective and focused on value when you are a manager and client of evaluations. This session offered views and discussion of the challenges facing arts grantmakers who want to gain value from evaluation efforts. Topics included ways to focus evaluations on learning opportunities rather than auditing, on strengthening evaluations by involving grantees in their design and implementation, and on linking program design with evaluation design to strengthen both program outcomes and evaluation products.


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