What makes a not-for-profit 'well-run'? Good Foundations recently conducted a survey to help identify "what makes a not-for-profit well-run?" The objective of the research was to clarify how the sector defines and measures whether or not a not-for-profit organisation is 'well-run'. The survey indicated that the two most important elements in being well-run are:
- Being crystal clear on your purpose, vision and direction
- Having great people, with a particular focus on great leadership.
Child Family Community Australia: Focus on Evaluation Child Family Community Australia within Australian Institute of Family Studies has recently released a range of resources that focus on evaluation in social services. The resources are intended to build the capacity of practitioners to design and conduct.
- Evaluation and innovation in family support services
- Evidence-based practice and service-based evaluation
- Planning for evaluation I: Basic principles
- Planning for evaluation II: Getting into detail
- Dissemination of evaluation findings
Evaluating Programs Resource Sheet This Resource Sheet from the Communities and Families Clearinghouse Australia in 2011 is aimed at providing program practitioners and providers with a range of resources relating to conducting program or practice evaluation.
Basic Guide to Program Evaluation This website provides guidance toward planning and implementing an evaluation process for for-profit and not for profit programs. This guide includes many models of evaluation that can be applied to a range of programs, including goals-based, process-based, outcomes-based, etc.
The Global Social Change Research Project provide free resources for program evaluation. This website includes "What is program evaluation" beginners guides and links to a large number of free on line resources, books, manuals, guides about evaluation and related topics, such as surveys, interviews, statistical analysis, how to present results, free software, and more.