Tools and Techniques

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Sherri Torjman describes the systematic, information-rich process that marries specific jobs with individual job-seekers. Remember: it isn't intended to be the solution, just a solution (but a good...
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All our small towns aren't reeling from current economic developments. Some have prospered, responding to crisis with creativity, unity, and a determination to control their own destiny. What have...
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Evaluation involves no less than seven essential functions. Your organization may find it best to use a mix of people, internal and external, to cover these bases.
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Residents get a fairer shake and funders better feedback when beneficiaries of a community groups work are intimately involved in the design, implementation, and analysis of an assessment effort....
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CÉECQ, a CDC in a low-income neighbourhood of Québec City, has created its own Performance Monitoring System to provide feedback on its work. To make this system work requires striking a balance...
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Funders and policy analysts have unrealistic notions about evaluating CED, which applies unique combinations of resources to complex social and economic problems. That said, community groups could...
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A rigorous critique of ill-considered attempts to 'quantify' the goals and achievements of many groups' work. This practice runs the risk ignoring some of the most valuable contributions that groups...
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Community groups can undertake a tremendous range of activities in the service of their constituents and communities. Here's how one group clarified the outcomes they desired from a particularly...
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Community groups can get better results from their evaluation efforts - and have an easier time - if they put in some extra time up front to clarify what it is they want to an evaluation accomplish...
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Mark Cabaj summarizes focal points in the discussion of evaluating community-based economic development initiatives: the need to specify why an evaluation is to take place, by whom, and how...