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Providing Executive Training for Connecticut Public and Nonprofit Sector Professionals

Evaluation for Publicly Funded Programs

Friday, March 27, 2020
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Hartford Times Building (HTB), Room TBD

This full-day session will explore evaluation of publicly funded programs, including:

  • Program evaluation, outcome evaluation, and program monitoring;
  • The importance of designing programs with outcomes and evaluation in mind; and
  • Engaging staff and providers in using data to understand performance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Ability to describe the concepts of, and appropriate use of, program evaluation, performance evaluation, and program monitoring; and differentiate between them;
  • Identify and apply outcome-focused program design to new and redesigned programs;
  • Develop strategies to engage staff and providers in evaluation efforts.
Anne McIntyre-Lahner
With Anne McIntyre-Lahner, Evaluation and Impact Consultant, 35-plus years of experience in state and nonprofit leadership, and author of "Stop Spinning Your Wheels: Using Results Based Accountability to Steer Your Agency to Success."



We will explore the topic of evaluation in general, including:

  • The reasons for conducting an evaluation
  • Different types of evaluation
  • The difference between performance monitoring and evaluation
  • Leveraging a performance system to support evaluation efforts
  • The importance of understanding why you are conducting an evaluation before you begin
  • Choosing the right evaluator
  • Different factors and contexts to consider when designing an evaluation
  • Involving staff and partners
  • Dealing with data anxiety and discomfort around working with data and evaluators


The afternoon will include practical steps and actions as part of an effective program performance evaluation. These include:

  • Review of performance measures in the context of program evaluation
  • Understanding performance and data contextually
  • Leveraging existing data
  • Means-to-End thinking
  • Post-evaluation review
  • Using evaluation results to improve performance