20 Questions about Program Evaluation

  1. What is our intended impact?
  2. What are our specific goals?
  3. How will we know if we achieved each of our goals?
  4. What is our organization doing to contribute to that intended impact and those specific goals?
  5. What resources and relationships are needed to achieve our goals?
  6. What internal capacities and skills are needed to achieve our goals?
  7. What internal capacities and skills are needed to conduct the evaluation?
  8. Who will be involved in the evaluation process and what will their responsibilities be?
  9. How will we measure our progress toward our goals?
  10. How will we evaluate process, outputs, and outcomes?
  11. How will we collect data and stories for this evaluation?
  12. What data collection instruments need to be designed?
  13. How will we analyze the information that is collected?
  14. What kinds of information will the evaluation reveal?
  15. How will we use the information that is collected through our evaluation?
  16. How will the results of the evaluation be used to strengthen the program and the organization?
  17. How will we communicate the results of our evaluation?
  18. How is accountability integrated into the culture of our organization?
  19. How are the voices of program participants included in the evaluation process?
  20. How will this evaluation reveal unmet needs and how will the organization respond to these?

My Week: Clearing

I spent a good part of the beginning of this week watching an old, dilapidated building being destroyed. Bit by bit, a Caterpillar claw removed bricks, shingles, and innumerable other items until a pile of rubble remained on the ground. I spend a good part of the end of the week unintentionally removing all of the toxins from my body. Whether I had food poisoning or a virus remains unknown; what I do know is that I have never felt so sick in my entire life.

While the process of clearing out feels icky, messy, and miserable, it is only by doing so that we can create space for new possibilities. The space where the old building once stood will be lovingly filled with a new home for many people. The space inside of my body will be carefully and delicately filled with nourishment until all is healed. Both processes of clearing have also created a positive psychic energy from which a renewed sense of clarity and purpose is emerging for me.

I often have a hard time letting go of old feelings and things, regardless of how heavy and obstructive they truly are to me. These attachments block the flow of energy and a limit my ability to feel free.

The destructive processes that I have witnessed and experienced this week have reminded me of their life affirming dimensions. Like waste that transforms into compost that nourishes a plentiful garden, letting heavy or negative things, ideas, and feelings flow away can lead to a bountiful, flourishing life.

Headbanger’s Rule #3 – Share the Stage/Solidarity

One of the most exciting nights of my young life was in August, 1989. It was the Moscow Music Peace Festival, held 20 years after Woodstock and more than 20 years ago! We watched the concert live on Pay per View. I can still remember sitting on my front porch in-between sets to catch some pleasant summer nighttime air.

A lot of my favorite American Bands, Motley Crue, Cinderella, Bon Jovi, Skid Row, and Ozzy joined German band Scorpions and Russian bands Gorky Park, Nuance, and Brigada-S for the concert. It was so cool to see bands from the USA, Germany, and Russia share the stage at this exciting time in history. While there was a lot of unpeaceful behavior behind the scenes of the concert, the idea and historical significance is quite amazing.

The lesson for leaders is to demonstrate solidarity across entrenched boundaries and share the stage with others, making difference a strength rather than a diversion.

Headbanger’s Rule #2: Go with the Flow

Believe it or not, there is a ton of wisdom in Def Leppard Lyrics. I could probably write a series just about them!

In Rock of Ages, lead singer Joe Elliott tell us to “feel it, don’t fight it, go with the flow.” As leaders, we need to be in touch with and trust our feelings and just let them flow out through us. By doing so, we can “watch the night go up in smoke.” Or in other words, we can be very impactful leaders!

Headbanger’s Rule #1: Share the Lead

Yes, I am a total metalhead. While I love all kinds of music, heavy metal holds a special place in my heart.

It may surprise you that there are tons of ideas about leadership that can be extrapolated from this genre of music. I am going to feature just a few in this series, and perhaps I will share more at some point in the future.

Most rock groups have a lead guitarist and a rhythm guitarist. Ratt was a unique band because they had two lead guitarists: Warren DeMartini and Robbin Crosby. They alternated guitar solos, building upon each other’s artistry within each song. This is quite beautiful to see in their videos.

So from this we can learn that as leaders, we can share the spotlight with our fellow workers, our bandmates. In fact, when we do, we can create beautiful music together–and it doesn’t matter who is in charge.

20 Questions to Ask When You Join a Board of Directors

  1. How does the mission of the organization align with my values?
  2. What are the responsibilities of board members?
  3. How will I meet my obligations as a board member?
  4. What information do I need to be an effective board member and how will I get and use this information?
  5. What information, ideas, resources, and relationships do I need to share to be an effective board member?
  6. How can I make a meaningful and significant contribution to the board?
  7. How can I make a meaningful and significant contribution to the organization?
  8. How will I strengthen this organization?
  9. What can I learn from serving on this board of directors?
  10. How can I share my gifts and skills with this organization?
  11. How can I promote the work of this organization in my community?
  12. What relationships should I help develop for this organization?
  13. How can I help the board to function more efficiently and effectively?
  14. How will I support the executive director and executive director?
  15. What communication means are most effective and useful for me as a board member?
  16. How will I communicate my new opportunities to the organization’s leadership?
  17. How will I communicate my concerns to the organization’s leadership?
  18. How does being a board member enhance my personal identity?
  19. What is my motivation for serving on this board of directors?
  20. How much time am I willing to contribute to this organization and how will I make the most of that time?