Author Archives: Margaret Smith

An Equitable Approach to Preparing Students for College & Beyond

Did you know that Indiana’s college going rate is at its lowest point in more than 10 years? According to the 2021 Indiana College Readiness Report, the state’s college going rate has steadily declined since 2015. Black and Latino students have the lowest college going rates. Recent data from the National Student Clearinghouse shows the…

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Responding to COVID-19: How to Adjust Your Data Management Plan

The COVID-19 public health crisis changed the way most of us do our work. Many of our clients, especially those who  are school-based or operate afterschool programs, faced the challenge of ending their school-year programming unexpectedly. Programs are trying to find new ways to engage youth virtually and are planning for new safety restrictions for…

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3 Tips for Finding Funders

In this blog post we provided strategies for non-profit organizations looking to start fundraising. Part of this process involves setting goals and timelines for specific revenue streams, such as grants. Let’s say you’ve identified grants as a potential funding source and have set a goal of securing $100,000 in grant funding this year. Now, how…

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4 Steps to Establish Evaluation SOPs

An evaluation plan is a roadmap to help organizations validate the impact of their work. In this past blog post, we describe our four-step evaluation process. Step 2 of this process involves creating or modifying data tools and systems. When establishing evaluation systems, it is important to create standard operating procedures, or SOPs. An SOP is a…

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5 W’s of a Process Evaluation: Part 2

In a recent blog post, we introduced the first two W’s of a process evaluation: Why conduct a process evaluation Who should conduct a process evaluation This blog post will cover the remaining three W’s: What methods to use to conduct a process evaluation Where to conduct a process evaluation When to conduct a process…

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5 W’s of a Process Evaluation: Part 1

When it comes to program evaluation, people often think of evaluating the effectiveness and outcomes of their program. They may not think about evaluating how the program was administered or delivered, which may affect the program outcomes. There are several types of valuable evaluations that do not focus on outcomes. One type of evaluation, called…

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Press Pause: Redesigning an Existing Program

In January, we kicked off our Exercise Your Impact campaign. Throughout 2019 we’re sharing tools and resources that highlight critical phases of organizational planning. During Quarter 2, we are focusing on program development. An important aspect of program development is knowing when to redesign an existing program. Too often, organizations operate on “auto-pilot” and keep…

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5 Tips to Implement an Evidence-based Program

When awarding funding, philanthropic funders want to invest in “what works” and is proven effective. Many funders show preference for programs and practices that are evidence-based. Implementing an evidence-based program is a great way for grant seekers to demonstrate that they are also committed to “what works”. For example, the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation recently…

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How to Implement your Strategic Plan

In January, we kicked off our Exercise Your Impact campaign. Throughout 2019 we’re sharing tools and resources that highlight critical phases of organizational planning. Our first quarter focus is on the first phase: Strategic Planning. As we finish out the quarter, we want to provide some tips on how to use and implement your strategic plan.…

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Putting Data into Context

At Transform Consulting Group, we are proud data nerds. Through our evaluation services, we help clients collect, analyze, and share meaningful data. In this blog post, we explained who to share your data with and why. In today’s post, we will go one step further by providing tips on how to present your data in…

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