Do-It-Yourself Evaluation of Community Organizing

December 7, 2010

What's the best way to evaluate community organizing efforts? Check out this series of video interviews with organizers from across the country reflecting on their experiences with

This resource consists of video interviews with organizers from
Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization (CCISCO),
People Acting in Community Together (PACT), and Peninsula Interfaith
Action (PIA).  Leaders reflect on their experiences conducting an
evaluation project sponsored by The California Endowment. 

Interviewees reflect on their desire to design relevant evaluations
to help them track their success using meaningful measures of their
work, such as leadership development and organizing wins.  Based on
these desires, interviewees describe their process of developing more
concrete planning tools and mechanisms for measuring success in
implementing these plans, both for their organizing work as well as
their overall organizational health and capacity.

After describing their process of developing evaluation systems,
interviewees reflect on what they learned by being involved in this
process.  In particular, interviewees describe the benefits of
developing an organization-led evaluation process as opposed to
responding to an external set of indicators.  Additionally, participants
discuss the impact that evaluation had on the effectiveness of their
organizing work.

Finally, interviewees conclude with advice for others who are looking to integrate evaluation into their organizing work.