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Nonprofits Visit School of Education to Learn about Best Practices for Evaluation

Leaders of Richmond-area nonprofits that work with children and families visited the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education last week to pick up valuable advice from VCU faculty members about the best practices for evaluating their organizations’ programs.

“Program evaluation is something that we’ve barely begun to crack,” said Cheryl Groce-Wright, executive director of the Neighborhood Resource Center of Greater Fulton. “So the idea that we might come and get some tips that we could utilize right away was very attractive to us.”

The event, Community Partner and Faculty Engagement Workshop on Evaluation Best Practices, is part of an initiative by Andrew Daire, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education, to engage with community organizations to share VCU’s expertise, build capacity and forge partnerships in areas such as research and evaluation.

“As faculty, we do [things like research and evaluation] every day. We can do a lot of this in our sleep,” Daire said. “And there’s folks in community organizations who understand what’s going on, on the front lines. They understand how to recruit, how to engage. They’re sitting on tons of data. And it’s like, how do we bring those two areas together so that we can develop the type of partnerships where we know what we’re doing and where we’re collaborating?”

Read the full VCU News article.