Capacity Building

Building a healthy community requires strong organizations that have the facilities, equipment and people to provide adequate health and health care services to MetroWest residents. In addition to funding direct programs, the foundation invests in the health of the community by helping organizations increase their capacity through training, research and the collection of data.

The foundation's signature capacity building program is the Health Leadership Program where we increase local health agency staff’s knowledge and skills to maximize the impact of their organizations. In the past, the foundation has also offered an Evaluation Institute where we provide grantees with the training they need to measure the results of their programs.

At times, the foundation has offered capacity building grants. These funds have been available for development and sustainability planning, evaluation, and new technologies.

Evaluation & Logic Model Resources

Basic Guide to Program Evaluation for Nonprofit Organizations with Very Limited Resources
This document provides guidance toward basic planning and implementation of an outcomes-based evaluation process (also called outcomes evaluation) in nonprofit organizations. This document provides basic guidance - particularly to small nonprofits with very limited resources.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Evaluation Resources
A comprehensive list of resource manuals, websites and professional associations related to public health program design and evaluation.

Healthcare Georgia Foundation
"The Logic Behind Logic Models: A Brief Guide" describes the purpose, components and variations of basic logic models with examples.

Innovation Network (InnoNet)

Provides evaluation consulting, training and online tools to help nonprofits become effective, including a Logic Model Workbook.

United Way Strengthening Families Toolkit
A guide to program planning and evaluation designed for family strengthening programs but that can be generalized to other fields

Urban Institute
The Urban Institute, a nonpartisan economic and social policy research organization, publishes a series on outcome management for nonprofit organizations. There are five guides in the series, the first of which is titled, “Key Steps in Outcome Management.

Validated Measurement Tools & Evidence Based Programs [PDF]

Measurement tools and evidence-based program that have been validated by outside research.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Provides several important toolkits, including: The Evaluation Toolkit and accompanying downloadable Logic Model Development Guide and Evaluation Handbook



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