The ability to evaluate programs and assess the progress towards strategic goals is key to high organizational impact. The Peel Region Evaluation Platform (PREP) is a two-year project that will grow nonprofit knowledge about and capacity in evaluation. It is delivered in partnership with Peel Counts and Peel Leadership Centre, with funding from the Region of Peel.
PREP is developing an evaluation-specific online portal where nonprofits will able to access resources and build on their expertise in evaluation. Training will be offered in evaluation, data and the use of story in showcasing impact. PREP will also offer support to individual nonprofit organizations in Peel looking to increase their capacity to effectively evaluate their programs and services.
Peel Counts is a group of stakeholders from across Peel Region with the intention to provide the infrastructure needed for a community to demonstrate collective change around population health and social priorities.
For more information, visit: http://www.peelcounts.ca/
Peel Leadership Centre (PLC) is a nonprofit organization whose mission it is to cultivate, enhance and support leadership and capacity of the nonprofit sector.
For more information, visit: www.peelleadershipcentre.org
EVALUATION SPECIALIST – ROLE SUMMARY
The role of an Evaluation Specialist is an integral part of PREP’s goal to build nonprofit capacity in evaluation and to support the growth of evaluation thinking within and across nonprofits in Peel Region. The Evaluation Specialist will work one-on-one one with nonprofit organizations in Peel Region to help create evaluation plans that will enable them to measure their impact. Working from the needs established by the organization with regards to evaluation, the individual in this role will work with senior leadership to improve the organization’s capacity to incorporate effective and meaningful evaluation tools into their plans and activities. The evaluation specialist will work closely with PREP’s Evaluation Capacity Building Manager to ensure consistent delivery of PREP tools across all nonprofit clients and to allow PREP to evaluate its own effectiveness as the project evolves. The Evaluation Specialist will also support the development of content by providing feedback on the templates, processes and tools created.
Data + Story = Evidence of Impact
PREP works from the perspective that effective evaluation involves not only a nonprofit’s ability to gather and analyze reliable data, but also the ability to find and share stories that communicate the impact of their work. The Evaluation Specialist will work from this understanding, utilizing the resources provided on the PREP website, and their own skills and experience in evaluation. The Evaluation Specialist will also be prepared to provide in-person training and webinars on evaluation for nonprofits in Peel Region.
The PREP Evaluation Specialist will play an important role in building the capacity for outcomes-thinking and program evaluation in Peel Region.
The PREP Evaluation Specialist will support the evaluation development needs of small to medium nonprofit organizations. They will work with each organization they are paired with to develop goals and activities that will cumulate in a customized evaluation plan the nonprofit can use to measure their impact.
Work will be coordinated through PREP’s Evaluation Capacity Building Manager, who will act as a resource throughout the period of engagement. The Evaluation Specialist will have regular check-ins with the Capacity Building Manager to ensure consistent delivery of evaluation supports and monitor project outcomes.
The Evaluation Specialist will draw on the collection of resources and tools on the PREP website to support their client’s needs as they emerge. The Specialist will also contribute to the body of knowledge available through the PREP website that would be of benefit to nonprofits in building their capacity to do evaluation. This could include position papers, blogs, interviews or original templates and tools.
- Minimum 3 years of experience in planning, leading and conducting program evaluation and/or performance measurement in nonprofit organizations
- Experience using Canadian Evaluation Society (or similar) evaluation planning guidelines
- Experience with data collection techniques – both qualitative and quantitative
- Extensive experience in the use of theories, principles, practices, and methodologies and standards of program evaluation
- Strong interpersonal, communication (oral/written), creative problem solving and organizational skills
- Membership with the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) would be considered an asset
- Ability to commit to 10 hours/week for the period of April 1 – July 31, 2018
- Commitment to develop and deliver one full day or two half days of training in evaluation; content to be approved by PREP
- Ability to work in a wide range of settings with individuals from diverse backgrounds
Contract Duration: April 1 to July 31 2018, with the opportunity to extend.
Deadline for applications: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by 4pm
Email submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org