Community Empowerment Research

We help churches, schools, and community organizations
measure needs of the people they serve,
set strategies to meet those needs, and
assess the impact of their work in service, training, evangelism, and outreach.

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Process Evaluation

Assess how well you are carrying out your efforts.  Are you doing what you planned to do?  Is there a better way to work?

Sometimes the best-designed strategies don't work.  But sometimes failure of a strategy is not caused by poor planning or misunderstanding the situation.  Sometimes plans fail because the plans were not carried out.

Even when you know what people need and how they will likely respond to a specific communication or service, unexpected barriers can arise.  Maybe it is the way you teach.  Sometimes unexpected needs complicate how people can use the service you carefully provide.  Not always do staff and volunteers carry out plans the way you have set them out.  Class materials may be precise, but ignored by teachers.

Process Evaluation is the assessment of how you do what you do.  It is the "quality control" activity for not-for-profit organizations. We can help design surveys, interviews, and observational techniques that allow you to see what is really happening and discern how well your organization is carrying out your plans.

Outcome Evaluation

Evaluation is the assessment of strategy—

o  Is the strategy being implemented?

o  Is the implementation effective—is it creating maximum social value?

Outcome evaluation assesses how well your efforts are working.  Are you helping?

We can design assessments to investigate both the process and the outcome.

Outcome evaluations can be used both for planning and re-strategizing, as well as for reporting to funding sources.


Assess what your students learn or what your workers know.  Did your training "sink in"?  Are your workers competent in the areas you need?

Tests are one major component of many outcome or process evaluations.

We can construct and develop valid and reliable tests to measure any area of knowledge and provide scoring services.