While ASC offers standard topics regularly, we would be happy to tailor a series to your organization's needs for 6 or more attendees.
Program Mapping Series
This series combines elements from program evaluation, program development, and grant writing to provide an innovative approach to developing and maintaining a comprehensive understanding of a program. Across the sessions, tools will be used to thoroughly identify not only the purpose and structure of a program, but also how it should be evaluated and strengthened in terms of sustainability.
When it comes to developing and implementing your programs and services, you want to ensure that they are efficient and successful from start to finish. In order to do this, it is critical to have a complete understanding of (a) what your program is addressing, (b) how it is structured, (c) how it should be evaluated, and (d) the nature of its sustainability. ASC has combined and expanded on the tools, theories, and skills utilized throughout program evaluation, program development, and grant writing to bring you a training series that will get you to ask AND answer the important questions about your programs and services.
This comprehensive series consists of 5 sessions designed to help you identify what your program should look like, what it actually looks like, and whether or not it is successful. In an ideal work, program mapping is done prior to putting a program into action; however, the reality is that program mapping is dynamic and evolves with the program. So whether you are just getting starting or working with a mature program, this training series will provide the resources necessary for your to know what should be and what is going on with your programs and services.
This five-part Interactive E-Training series will consist of the following sessions:
Mapping the Program Context: Mapping the Program Purpose and Client Engagement: Mapping the Program Theory: Developing PLMs: Mapping the Evaluation: Mapping the Program Sustainability and Inventory:
Your programs and services are designed to meet your clients’ needs. Too often, however, programs begin and operate without a clear understanding of the exact nature of the problem that the program will address, the characteristics of those experiencing the problem, and the specific barriers that the program must overcome to be effective. By mapping your program’s context you will understand how your program should be shaped to address the unique attributes of your service’s clientele and environment.
In order to effectively and efficiently deliver services, you must first identify the fundamental program goals and objectives. From there, it is important to articulate chronologically the how clients are engaged throughout the entire cycle of the program. Finally, it is critical to associate the necessary program staff to each program activity. After mapping the program purpose and method of client engagement, you will not only understand why your program is doing what it supposed to be doing, but also how it is being done.
Mapping your program’s theory means that you understand and have identified your program activities and their outcomes. The most effective tool for communicating the activities and outcomes of your program is the Program Logic Model (PLM). Unfortunately, creating PLMs does not always seem logical. This session has been designed to teach you a step-by-step process to creating PLMs and their precursor, the Theory of Change model. Without question, the ability to create comprehensive PLMs is an essential skill to program evaluators and grant writers as well as program developers and implementers.
If you want to know whether your program is successful, it has to be evaluated. It is important note that when it comes to evaluation there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Therefore, this session is designed to go beyond just a basic introduction to program evaluation, but rather provide you with a foundation as to what the most common evaluation activities look like and how they can be applied to your program.
Program sustainability is not simply a matter of identifying how your program will be funded in the future. Rather, program sustainability is about ensuring that your program will continue doing what it is supposed to do: increase its impact on program targets. In this session you will learn the core characteristics of what makes a program and organization sustainable.
Mapping the Program Context:
Mapping the Program Purpose and Client Engagement:
Mapping the Program Theory: Developing PLMs:
Mapping the Evaluation:
Mapping the Program Sustainability and Inventory: