Evaluation and Engagement

We understand that nonprofits are made up of dedicated people who are often stretched thin, and evaluation and research may not be the first priority. Whether you’re primarily interested in improving your programs or your organization has just received a grant that stipulates that you must have an outside evaluator, we can help by providing in-depth program evaluation and research services.

Our research and evaluation team is composed of experts in both qualitative and quantitative methods. We take pride in our ability to design a process that is aligned with your individual needs. That may mean conducting evaluation activities that answer questions to specifically inform decision-making (Are we having the impact we think we are? How can we better align with those we are serving?) or developing original research questions to generate new knowledge relevant to your field (Does our newly developed curriculum cause a given change in those we are serving? What specific factors contribute to the success of our program participants?).

Whether you join us for logic model training or decide you need an outside evaluation expert or researcher, we will help you better understand how to gather and interpret your results to grow and improve your programs.

Products and services

We can help you devise and implement a plan to effectively measure the impact of your programs and transform the data into actionable results.

JVA offers a variety of research and evaluation products and services:

Trainings and events

Our two-day Evaluation Intensive will take you from the basics of logic models and evaluation plans all the way to complete data analysis.

There are lots of good reasons to take advantage of our program evaluation trainings and learn how to assess the effectiveness of your programs. First of all, your team wants to know it’s on the right track and your efforts are paying off. You need to be able to measure what methods work best. And evidence of your impact can be key to securing the funding you need to realize your goals.

Here at JVA, we will train you how to set up, carry out and report on your program evaluation. Our evaluation team includes both qualitative and quantitative experts to walk you through evaluation methods from the foundational theory of change to complex data analysis.

We offer a variety of customized trainings, including Creating a Culture of Evaluation.

Upcoming trainings and events:

For our full calendar, click here.

Our evaluation and engagement team

The team approach of our quantitative and qualitative researchers and evaluators allows us to tackle your program evaluation in whatever way you need, whether that is gathering impactful stories for marketing materials or hard numbers for a federal grant annual report.

Meet the Team