In this video, I talk about some changes in federal funding that have affected one of my clients, as well as many other programs like Head Start. The Obama Administration is putting a greater emphasis on evaluation and accountability and that probably isn’t going to change, no matter who is President in January 2013.
This matters for small and mid-sized nonprofits even if you receive no federal or state money. Because trends trickle down, I expect that individual donors and small private and community foundations will soon be expecting a higher standard of evidence showing that programs are successful.
This is a controversial topic, with lots of unknowns and scary monsters hiding in closets. However, the positive take away is that there is time to work on your performance measurement and evaluation systems. You’re not in this alone.