Evaluation Matters: Lessons From Youth-Serving Organizations

Evaluation Matters: Lessons From Youth-Serving Organizations

The Urban Institute has issued a new report about the evaluation experiences of several youth-serving nonprofits in the Washington, D.C., area. Funded by the World Bank's Community Outreach Program, the report, Evaluation Matters: Lessons From Youth-Serving Organizations (66 pages, PDF), offers observation, commentary, and case studies of four D.C. nonprofits that participated in the program's East of the River Initiative — an effort to help nonprofits better identify, measure, and communicate their community impact. The report concludes that nonprofits should integrate evaluation efforts with their program operations, enlist staff support at every level of the organization, and be careful not to underestimate the level of effort required to make measurable progress.