Summary

The purpose of this project was to determine the extent to which the voluntary sector has access to evaluation information and resources, and to provide an information base for future improvements. Voluntary organizations have been increasingly expected to conduct evaluations of their programs and to share the reports with grantmakers in order to demonstrate effectiveness. Though they are increasingly required to report on the impact of voluntary sector programs, minimal funding or training has been provided for voluntary organizations to effectively carry out the required evaluations, in spite of the innovation and improvement that has occurred in the development of new evaluation methods in universities and elsewhere. The report finds that voluntary sector organizations lack the resources and training to effectively report on their programs, and often believe that program reporting is not effectively utilized by grantmakers.