Program Strategy & Evaluation

Language: English
Free of charge, online

Philanthropic Strategy
Essentials of Program Strategy and Evaluation, Stanford University
Published: 2015

This course introduces the strategic framework that underlies any social program–whether concerned with health, education, drug abuse, or the environment– offered by a nonprofit organization or government agency.

This course will take you through the essentials of nonprofit and philanthropy strategy. You will apply the basic elements of strategic planning―from defining the problem through designing a theory of change to evaluating outcomes―to real-world problems. With this foundation, you will be able to develop strategies that will inform your work as a nonprofit leader, philanthropist, or policy maker, and help ensure that you achieve demonstrable long-term impact, rather than the illusion of results.

The course is designed for:

  • The founder, CEO, staff, or board of a nonprofit organization (NGO)—to help you design a new program or (if you and your donors are open to change) reassess existing programs.
  • An individual philanthropist or foundation executive, program officer, or board member—
    • To assist you in doing due diligence on a potential grantee’s program. (To put it bluntly, you can’t assess an organization’s strategy without knowing how to go about constructing one.)
    • To provide a basis for developing your own grantmaking strategy—if your grants are informed by overarching goals.