Understanding your audience is key to increasing response rates

How to Increase Response Rates with These Expert Tips: 2024 Blog Series

This year, REC blogs will focus on how to increase response rates. In the past, we explored Data Collection Methods and Collecting Quality Data, but how do you make sure you are capturing data that truly reflects the experiences of the people you serve? This blog series will describe how to reach your target audience,

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Data Collection in Practice: A Non-profit Case Study

Data Collection in Practice: A Non-profit Case Study

Since there are many different data collection methods, selecting the best method is an important step when creating an evaluation plan. However, there are no clear cut “right” methods. While our past posts have presented four data collection methods and the pros and cons of each, this blog will follow a fictional non-profit, Organization X,

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Solutions to Common Survey Mistakes

6 Solutions to Common Survey Mistakes

In our last post we discussed different survey mistakes, now we provide some solutions to these common survey mistakes! Please note that it is always important to consider organizational and evaluation goals when creating surveys. Know that these are simply a few of the ways to avoid common survey mistakes. Mistake #1: Using All Qualitative

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Avoid These Common Survey Mistakes

6 Common Survey Mistakes

Surveys are an excellent source of information that help organizations understand the communities they serve. Unfortunately, not all surveys generate quality data due to common survey mistakes and ineffective survey designs. Here are 6 survey mistakes that organizations commonly make: Mistake #1: Using All Qualitative or All Quantitative Questions Using all qualitative or quantitative survey

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Understand the 5 common data myths to improve your organization's data decision-making

5 Common Data Myths

Becoming a data-driven organization is an exciting opportunity for your organization to improve its operations and functionality. However, some data myths can skew results, impact conclusions, and interfere with next steps for your organization. Understanding these data myths can help ensure you are making data-informed decisions. Here is a breakdown of the common data myths:

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5 Program Evaluation Questions to Ask Your Funders

5 Program Evaluation Questions to Ask Your Funders

Funders use evaluation to learn more about the organizations they support, hold grantees accountability, and monitor program implementation. Each funder has their own guidelines and requirements about what they want from program evaluation. By asking the following program evaluation questions, your organization can develop an evaluation strategy to address these requirements and balance funders’ requests

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Effectively Communicating with your Stakeholders

Connect and Communicate – 3 Tips for Talking with your Stakeholders

Effectively Communicating with your Stakeholders Do you communicate effectively with your stakeholders? Are your communications targeted, unique, and relational? Such communication keeps your stakeholders engaged with your organization! Tip #1: Prepare!  Stakeholders – program staff, clients, funders, volunteers, and board members – have varied needs, so do your homework! Brainstorm about who your stakeholders are,

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