[COMM-ORG] query: resources for evaluating community organizing
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From: "Aniko Schwarcz" <Aniko at afj.org>
Alliance for Justice is working to update the “Resources for Evaluating
Community Organizing (RECO)” compendium of resources for evaluating
(http://www.afj.org/for-nonprofits-foundations/reco/). We are looking
for resources including new theoretical approaches, tools and
methodologies, and case studies on the evaluation of community
organizing efforts, as well as any old ones we may have missed, to add
to the compendium.
The audience for the compendium includes community organizations, other
advocacy groups, grantmaking foundations, and evaluators. RECO helps
these groups to quickly find evaluation materials at no cost.
Specifically, we seek to provide up-to-date:
1) Theoretical Approaches: Perspectives on the role of evaluation in
strengthening organizing and social change efforts.
o Example: Check Your Success: A Guide to Developing Indicators for
Community Based Environmental Projects: This resource sets out reasons
why groups should evaluate their community work, provides tools for
evaluating community involvement, and provides case studies of
organizations doing community-based environmental work.
2) Tools and Methodologies: Examples of specific processes that can help
organizations implement evaluation of community organizing.
o Example: CCBI Community Organizing Assessment Tool: This tool provides
guidelines for organizations to assess their community organizing capacity.
3) Case Studies: Stories of efforts to evaluate community organizing
work that illuminate key approaches and challenges that foundations and
community organizations may be facing.
o Example: Evaluation of NPI’s Community Organizing Support Program for
the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland: This resource gives an
account of the author's evaluation of the effectiveness of a program
designed to develop community organizing sensitivity and capacity in
Cleveland's community development corporations.
If you have any suggestions for materials that you think would be
useful, or can recommend others to contact, please respond by October 11
to aniko at afj.org
Alliance for Justice
11 DuPont Circle, NW, 2nd floor
Washington, DC 20036
e-mail: aniko at afj.org
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