Theory of Change and Role of Program Evaluation

Organizational Framework and Evaluation Standards, Updated Annually


POLICY SUMMARY

Carolina Small Business Development Fund seeks to operate from an evidence-based theory of change that rigorously evaluates how our programs and interventions are contributing to community economic development. Like most non-profits, we recognize that meaningful program evaluation is a challenge because of the nature of our work. Nevertheless, we’re committed to translating our programmatic outputs into measurable outcomes which can be validated and tracked. Our commitment to program evaluation accountability includes posting all findings, whether they are positive or negative, on our website.


WHY THIS MATTERS

CSBDF and other community development financial institutions (CDFIs) are critical actors in the promotion of sustainable and community-oriented economic development. But evaluating the effects of CDFI programs has long been a challenge due to both organizational capacity constraints and the difficulty of isolating our effects within complex community systems in which we work. Despite that difficulty, we think it is important to work within these constraints to produce quality program evaluation.



DOWNLOAD MORE INFORMATION:

Standards-Change-Theory-Evaluation
.pdf
Download PDF • 309KB


SUGGESTED CITATION:

Carolina Small Business Development Fund. 2021. Organizational Theory of Change and Evaluation Strategy. Raleigh, NC. https://www.carolinasmallbusiness.org/post/theory-of-change.





Recent Posts

See All

Employment Impact Measurement Procedures

Definitions and Methodology for Employment Survey, Updated Annually POLICY SUMMARY Carolina Small Business’s programmatic interventions help promote a range of positive socioeconomic outcomes. Job cre

Research Agenda Rationale and Theoretical Basis

Research and Policy Program Standards, Updated Annually POLICY SUMMARY Carolina Small Business Development Fund seeks to contribute to scholarly and practitioner dialogues on community and economic de