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Making Good Works Great Works: How Outcome-Based Evaluation Helps Faith-Based Organizations Change Lives

Recorded on March 15, 2007

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Faith-based ministries have long been successful in providing quality social services to the needy.  But standard process-based evaluations often fail to register these life-changing transformations. Moreover, as a result of this limited evaluation method, many potential donors are not made aware of how their investment would further these ministries.  Outcome-based evaluation is a leading tool for responding to this challenge.. Not only does this discipline document the degree to which ministries achieve specific goals, but it also helps faith-based organizations to be more accountable both to those they serve and to those who fund them, making them better stewards of their funds and increasing clients' individual results. Ultimately, outcome-based evaluation begins a cycle of continuing improvement and greater success.  Hear three experts tell their personal experiences with organizations, donors, and the public policy community in helping to make good works great works.