Resource posted by: Minneosta Evaluation Studies Institute
Created on: March 12, 2012
The Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI) is an interdisciplinary training institute for evaluation studies at the University of Minnesota. MESI offers high quality, low cost evaluation services and evaluation training to community organizations and University programs. In these mutually beneficial partnerships, organizations/ programs receive the benefit of working with qualified evaluation students with close supervision and mentoring from MESI faculty and/or staff.MESI also helps organizations make connections to the broader University community.
Why do an evaluation?
Help design a project or program
Ensure program goals and objectives are being met
Identify what works well, what does not, and why
Identify program areas that need improvement
Inform decisions regarding the program
Report on progress and communicate a program's value
Understand variations in implementation and outcomes across subgroups or sites
Systematically document practitioner and participant experiences
Fulfill reporting requirements
What might evaluation include?
Evaluation design and planning
Evaluation design review
Survey design and administration
Focus group design and facilitation
Community stakeholder engagement with evaluation
Analysis of existing data
Presenting evaluation findings
Evaluation Training and Professional Development
Areas of training and professional development
Building evaluation capacity
Basic evaluation skills
Writing your evaluation plan
Writing the evaluation component of your grant proposal
Opportunities for training and professional development
MESI Spring Conference
MESI Summer Institute
Training customized to your organization's needs
Evaluation Certificate Program
How much does it cost?
The cost of an evaluation is entirely dependent upon the scope and nature of the evaluation activities and measures requested. Typical MESI evaluations range from $3,000 to $25,000 depending on the size of the student evaluation team, the level of student experience, and the degree of MESI staff and faculty support.**
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