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Innovation Network provides comprehensive trainings on evaluation fundamentals. Our trainings are highly interactive and engaging, and are available online or in person.

No matter how much or how little experience you have with evaluation, or how extensive your evaluation challenges are, we can help.

Our Services: Consulting | Training | Research


Training Modules

We provide tailored training on a number of evaluation topics.

MindmapThe Fundamentals of Evaluation: We teach grantees and grantmakers about Evaluation 101-level topics. We often structure workshop content around a mindmap, like the one shown at right.



Logic Models and Evaluation Plans: We train nonprofits and foundations on all stages of the evaluation lifecycle, with a special emphasis on evaluation planning tools such as logic models and evaluation plans.



Data Collection, Analysis, and Reporting: We train nonprofits, funders, and evaluators to collect, analyze, and visualize data.



State of Evaluation 2012

Research on Nonprofit Evaluation Practices and Capacity: We regularly speak on panels about our State of Evaluation research project, the first project to systematically and repeatedly survey a nationwide sample of nonprofits about their evaluation capacity and practices.



The Fundamentals of Advocacy Evaluation: Many nonprofits and foundations are using advocacy strategies to meet their missions. Just like any other work that organizations engage in, advocacy efforts need to be continually assessed, tweaked, and strengthened through a process of evaluation and learning. 



Coalition Assessment: A coalition is an alliance for combined action. Coalitions are an important tool in the advocacy and policy change toolbox. Innovation Network has been evaluating coalitions since 2006, beginning with the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, a national effort to secure passage by the U.S. Congress for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Our trainings provide practitioners and funders through the coalition assessment process and provide concrete examples and lessones we've learned from our work. 



How We Work

Training Delivery: Our training modules are available as a 90-minute online training, a half-day in-person session, or a full-day in-person workshop.

Ongoing Assistance: We also provide ongoing technical assistance to help guide participants as they integrate training principles with their real-life needs.

Online Tools: Our training approach and materials can be used with or without our free online tools at the Point K Learning Center.


Who We Train

Our trainings have been delivered to hundreds of participants, from grassroots nonprofit staff to foundation program officers, and from California to Ireland.

Training clients include:

  • Global Rights (Washington, DC)
  • Advocates for Youth (Washington, DC)
  • Kansas Health Foundation (Wichita, KS )
  • California Immigrant Policy Center (Los Angeles, CA )
  • Atlantic Philanthropies Ireland (Dublin, Ireland and Belfast, Northern Ireland )
  • Colorado Trust and Colorado Health Foundation (Denver, CO )
  • United Way of Cambridge and North Dumfries (Ontario, Canada)
  • US Human Rights Fund (Chicago, IL)

We have also presented public trainings at nonprofit and evaluation training centers and conferences. 


Learn More

More information about each training module is available in our Training Services description.

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