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"Outcome Based Evaluations" Workshop Offered by FGCU Florida Institute of Government

FORT MYERS, FL - Managers, supervisors and staff from the public and nonprofit sectors are invited to attend a four-part course “Outcome Based Evaluations” presented by the Florida Institute of Government at Florida Gulf Coast University as part of the its Certification Series from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on four days in February and March. The workshop will be at the Center for Professional Development at Edison Community College. Participants may attend only one or up to all four classes.

Session 1 “Introduction to Outcomes” on Tuesday, Feb. 26, will present the basics: terms, the most common models and how to identify good outcome statements. Attendees will learn how to write an outcome statement, how to implement outcomes and logic models.

Session 2 “Evaluation Plan” on Wednesday, Feb. 27, will teach participants how to measure outcomes. Topics include indicators, getting good data and six questions to answer before you begin collecting data.

“Data Tools,” Session 3, on Tuesday, March 12, focuses on what you will use to measure your program’s outcomes: how to pre-test and pilot test, tips and hints for using surveys and running focus groups, and extracting data from case files.

The final session “Data Analysis and Presentation” on March 18, will teach you how to explain data to funders and others. You’ll learn easy descriptive statistics, five steps to presenting complex data and crafting a high-impact outcome statement.

Shelley Robertson is instructor for the program. She was formerly a corporate trainer and consultant, co-developing cross-functional training programs (corporate universities) for multinational firms and similar programs for international professional trade organizations. She joined the nonprofit and government sector in 1996 as director of Community Involvement for Heart of Florida United Way. Robertson has presented hundreds of seminars on a variety of topics for nonprofit, government, foundation and public/private organizations. She is a published author and holds a Bachelor of Arts in business and a Master of Arts in applied economics.

The central purpose of the Institute is to help promote superior performance in government and nonprofit organizations through quality training, consulting and technical assistance. As an accredited comprehensive public university, FGCU addresses the higher educational needs of Southwest Florida and provides a learning-centered environment that offers high quality educational opportunities, such as administratively hosting the Institute.

For more information, contact Institute director Joanne Hartke at (941) 590-7815. Registration for each session is $72.

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