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Performance Evaluation and Non-Profits

I need some guidance answering these questions that are related to Non Profit and Association Management. Please include a couple of sources.

1. List three things evaluation can do and three things evaluation cannot do in your field. Briefly explain each response.

2. What is an example of an issue an evaluator might address in a/n:
- Needs assessment
- Process evaluation
- Outcome evaluation
(Please make sure your response makes it very clear as to how the issue you identify links to the specific type of evaluation.)

3. What is the basic/primary objective of evaluation?

4. Beyond student evaluations, propose two criteria that the UMUC graduate program could use to evaluate the quality of its courses, and explain why.

5. Why are ethical standards essential for the profession of evaluation?

6. What do you consider to be the single strongest force impacting the history of evaluation as a profession?

7. What evaluation issues or principles might a professional evaluator advocate?

8. Why are there so many different approaches to evaluation?

9. When might you want to employ qualitative evaluation methods over quantitative methods?

10. If you were asked to evaluate a self-confidence building seminar, what would be four questions you would ask or types of approaches you would use?

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1. Three things that evaluation can do are as follows. The evaluation can assess performance, can focus the organization on its objectives, and encourage corrective action. Three things that evaluation cannot do are that it cannot set objectives, it cannot assign responsibilities, and it cannot allocate resources.
The explanation is that an evaluation can appraise the actual performance of a Non-Profit and Association Management organization. Evaluation can focus the organization to its goals and encourage the organization to take action to improve performance (1). At the same time an evaluation cannot set objectives. For example if the objectives are not challenging, evaluation cannot change them. Evaluation cannot assign important responsibilities to people. An evaluation cannot allocate budgets or give responsibility for tasks to individuals.

2. An example of an issue that an evaluator might address in needs assessment is the number of math teachers required for grade eight. The number of math teacher identifies the gap between the actual teachers of math in grade eight and the required teachers. The need is identified.

An example of an issue that an evaluator might address in process evaluation is the monitoring of the admissions process at a university. The link to the evaluation is that the process of admission is monitored so that issues in the admission process can be identified.
An example of an issue that an evaluator might address in outcome evaluation is the changes in people's attitude towards tobacco. The link is that the evaluation finds out the extent to which goals have been achieved. In this case the goal to create a negative attitude towards tobacco. Outcome evaluation assesses the success of the program by assessing the extent to which goals have been achieved.

3. The basic objective of evaluation is to communicate that the objectives are taken seriously and how well these have been achieved. The criteria of evaluation are derived from the objectives of the organization. The criteria assess the extent to which each objective or component of objective has been ...

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The answer to this problem explains performance evaluation and non profits. The references related to the answer are also included.

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