Other ResourcesWebsites of MN Evaluation member organizations and professionals:
For information on President Obama's development policy and the role of evaluation, click HERE.
Information about the annual Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI) designed for professional evaluators, program directors in non-profit and for-profit organizations, and others interested in conducting or using evaluations:
Information about the University of Minnesota, College of Education and Human Development Ph.D, MA, and Certificate programs in Evaluation Studies:
The powerpoint on mapping social networks, is available here.
The William Shadish lecture on single-subject design is available on-line from the University of Minnesota.
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s core measures: Compendium of instruments to assess risk and protective factors; measures are proven, tested, and user-friendly
CYFERnet'sIncludes practical tools to evaluate community-based programs, information on how community programs can be sustained, and assessments of organizational support for work in the areas of children, youth, and families Evaluation section:
ETSThe Test Collection at ETS is a library of more than 25,000 tests and other measurement devices that makes information on standardized tests and research instruments available to researchers, graduate students, and teachers. Collected from the early 1900s to the present, the Test Collection at ETS is the largest such compilation in the world. Test Link:
Florida Prevention Research Center: A curriculum for training youth to be researchers titled Youth Research Training Manual developed by the Florida Prevention Research Center at the University of South Florida.
Innovation Center for Community & Youth Development: A facilitator’s handbook titled Building community: A tool kit for youth and adults in charting assets and creating change available for purchase from the Innovation Center for Community & Youth Development
InstituteTwo curricula available for purchase:
- Empowering voices: A participatory action research curriculum for girls
- Participatory action research curriculum for empowering youth for Community Research:
ProjectAsset-Based Evaluation Tool Kit developed by an initiative in California to support organizations using the Developmental Assets approach of building the strengths of children and youth. Cornerstone’s Evaluation Tool Kit:
Public/Private Ventures: P/P V offers a free download on evaluating mentoring programs, Measuring the quality of mentor-youth relationships: A tool for mentoring programs. This is a very helpful resource for demonstrating mentoring outcomes; available at:
State of Connecticut Distributes a manual that was developed with funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice: Assessing outcomes in child and youth programs: A practical handbook, revised edition (focus on assessing positive youth development outcomes):
The Character Education Partnership Assessment Index: A searchable database of assessment instruments that measure positive youth development variables including prosocial behavior, academic attitudes and social skills
The Collaborative Fund for Youth-Led Social Change: CFYS has two publications about youth-led social change: The power & possibilities: Youth-led social change and The new girls’ movement: New assessment tools for youth programs.
The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University: The Evaluation Center at WMU offers an array of online tools and resources.
The Evaluators' Institute at George Washington University: Provides an umbrella under which TEI can thrive and contribute to evaluation practice. This means TEI’s Certificates for Professional Evaluators will be backed by the University and will carry GW’s name, along with TEI’s.
The John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities: A free publication called Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning (Y.E.L.L.): A Handbook for Supporting Community Youth Researchers has just been released in the second edition. It is available at their website:
Youth in Focus: Offers two resources: (1) a link to What Kids Can Do--Youth IMPACT: Youth-Led Evaluation, and (2) Youth REP step by step: An introduction to youth-led research and evaluation available for purchase.http://www.youthinfocus.net/resources_publications_2.htm