Program Evaluation Program evaluation makes the program accountable to its funding agencies, decision makers, or other stakeholders. It enables program managers to improve the delivery of services and achieve expected outcomes. RJAE Consulting works with you to design and conduct evaluations that answer these questions (and more): “What do I want to learn about my program?” “Are we achieving our outcomes?” “Is the program being delivered the way it is supposed to be?” "How can we improve program delivery and outcomes?"
Strategic Planning In a perfect world, every organization should have a well-thought out strategic plan. Organizations that take the time to think about where they are, where they want to be in 5-10-15 years, and how they want to get there, are more successful and sustainable than organizations who function without a plan. RJAE Consulting can facilitate the planning process with your stakeholders and develop a roadmap to guide your next steps. Planning involves setting goals, determining budget and fundraising needs, building capacity – to name a few.
Elements of Program Design: Program Theory and Logic Models Good programs do two things: meet needs and cause change. In order to meet the needs of the people you serve, and empower them to change their lives, you need a well-designed program that includes your Program Theory and/or Logic Model and your plans for evaluating your processes and outcomes. RJAE Consulting can help you design effective programs that change lives and achieve maximum impact. It is common now for funders and grant writers to ask organizations to illustrate their Theory of Change, usually by submitting a logic model. While the logic model itself looks simple, thinking about your resources, your activities, your outputs, and your outcomes is more difficult. RJAE Consulting can facilitate that process and help your organization create logic models based on your own theory of change. This logic model will be your roadmap to tracking program outcomes.
Capacity Building & Training It’s one thing to have a great idea for a new program. It’s another thing to bring people on board. RJAE Consulting can not only help you create a plan for building capacity in your organization, but we can facilitate processes and conduct trainings that help people grow their ability to implement programs with fidelity. This is especially important when you conduct a program evaluation!
Survey Design and Analysis Organizations commonly use surveys to learn about people’s experiences. However, many surveys are poorly constructed and thus don’t give you the information you want. Survey design is a skill that takes practice. RJAE Consulting can design reliable survey instruments – both paper and online – that will tell you what you want to know. We can also assist with analyzing survey results so that you get the most out of the data you collect.
Literature Reviews Most grantors, including the federal government, require a literature review in your application. Research and evaluation literature provides us with a wealth of information about methodologies, instruments, and past outcomes. By reviewing the literature, your initiative will stand on the shoulders of giants, and your funders will know you’ve done your homework. RJAE Consulting can provide expert literature reviews for your applications and reports.
Needs Assessments How do you know your community needs the services you want to provide? Have you asked your stakeholders and program recipients? If not, you could be wasting precious time and resources. Conducting a needs assessment allows you to find out your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. RJAE Consulting can design and facilitate a needs analysis that will inform your strategic plan and program designs.
Curriculum Development With both a Masters and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Martha Brown is an expert at curriculum design. Any time you plan on conducing a training, professional develop workshop, online learning module, or class, RJAE Consulting can assist you. Dr. Brown is particularly interested in designing courses for teacher and school leader preparation programs that wish to include restorative justice in education (RJE) as part of their coursework.
Seminars & Workshops Dr. Martha Brown is a skilled presenter and workshop facilitator. Not only is she entertaining and fun, but always builds in room for interaction and practice. Dr. Brown specializes in seminars and workshops relating to program evaluation and restorative justice.