Creating Results-Oriented Programs
Successful programs require more than just great ideas. From a program’s initial planning and design through its execution and evaluation, program managers must deftly deploy disparate skills and work closely with colleagues, board members, funders, and constituents to measure, understand, and discuss programmatic results.
In Creating Results-Oriented Programs, graduate students are introduced to tools and techniques to assist them in managing highly effective programs at small nonprofit and arts organizations. Students explore the connections between program theory, project budgets, requests for support, and reports on outcomes. Students develop skills needed to build measures for success into program activities and use quantitative and qualitative assessments to make strategic decisions before, during, and after implementation.
The learning objectives of this course are to enable students to:
- Articulate programmatic goals through a compelling theory of change;
- Apply the basic techniques of process and outcome evaluations;
- Gather and interpret relevant and useful program data;
- Provide tangible and specific information about program results to internal and external stakeholders; and,
- Bring an analytic and pragmatic approach to each stage in the lifecycle of a typical program at a small nonprofit or arts organization.