When and How to Use External Evaluators

Posted November 1, 2002
By The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, The James Irvine Foundation
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This practice guide is a simple, straightforward resource for grantmaking program officers interested in using external consultants for program evaluations.  

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Key Takeaway

In the past, funders treated an evaluation like a compliance check. Today? It’s so much more

Today’s foundations are utilizing external evaluators for three main reasons: 1) to analyze program results and resource utilization; 2) to gain a clearer sense of what works and what doesn’t; and 3) to support program planning and improvement. Evaluation has transformed from a control mechanism to an invaluable learning tool.