Community-Based Evaluation: Making Evaluation Fit Your Program

Do you feel like you are spinning in circles when it comes to evaluating your programs? Join us to learn how evaluation can be easy, meaningful, and appropriate for community-based projects. 

This is a two-part training series. The first part of this training will take place on April 17 from 9am-12pm and the second part will be on May 8 from 9am-11am. 

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to organize your evaluation process for continual program improvement
  • Identify how to engage the community you serve in the evaluation process
  • Develop a needs assessment or evaluation plan for one of your projects


These trainings utilize a model that understands evaluation as a useful tool to support an organization's work, rather than solely something required by funders. This model recognizes that effective evaluation must be based on community values and experience. Additionally, this model recognizes that evaluation is easier and less onerous when it builds on the types of assessment that are used on a daily basis to determine if things are running well and what needs to be adjusted. 

Session 1
During the first session participants will have an opportunity to brush up on evaluation basics, examine their organization's current evaluation process, and consider how evaluation is informed by community culture and values. Participants will leave this training with an understanding of how to record and build on the types of data that are already being gathered in order to develop a deep and robust evaluation.

After the first session, participants will have time to start constructing a plan of how to use this evaluation model in their work.

Session 2
The second session will provide an opportunity for participants to share, discuss and refine their evaluation plans. 




Program Staff, Program Managers, Executive Directors


Robert Sturm has been working in the nonprofit sector and philanthropy for 25 years. During that time he has worked with a wide range of marginalized and stigmatized populations on projects involving traditional art and culture, health promotion and disease prevention, equity and inclusion, community based evaluation and planning, and values based management and programming. As Executive Director of the NM Community AIDS Partnership, Robert has collaborated with partners around the state to develop culturally sensitive HIV programming. As a partner in Indigenous Methods, he works with Native American groups to develop culturally appropriate, community-based tools for needs assessment, program planning, and program evaluation.

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence often takes photos during our trainings to share on social media. If you prefer not to be photographed, please let us know in the Special Needs field when you register.  

April 17, 2018 9:00 AM   through   May 8, 2018 11:00 AM
Center for Nonprofit Excellence, United Way of Central New Mexico
2340 Alamo SE, 2nd Floor
Albuquerque, 87106

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Phone: 505-247-3671
Registration $ 35.00

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