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The State of Evaluation project is the first nationwide project that systematically and repeatedly collects data from nonprofits about their evaluation practices.

For more than 20 years, Innovation Network staff have worked with nonprofits and funders to design, conduct, and build capacity for evaluation. In 2010 we kicked off the State of Evaluation project and reports from 2010, 2012, and 2016 build a knowledge base about nonprofit evaluation: how many nonprofits were doing evaluation, what they were doing, and how they were doing it.

In 2016 we received survey responses from 1,125 US-based 501(c)3 organizations. State of Evaluation 2016 contains exciting updates, three special topics (evaluation storage systems and software, big data, and pay for performance), and illuminating findings for everyone who works with nonprofit organizations.

We are grateful to the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Bruner Foundation for funding this research. For more information about the State of Evaluation Project, contact us.

  • State of Evaluation 2016

    Johanna Morariu, Kat Athanasiades, Veena Pankaj, and Deborah Grodzicki, PhD

  • State of Evaluation 2012

    Johanna Morariu, Kat Athanasiades, and Ann Emery

  • State of Evaluation 2010

    Ehren Reed and Johanna Morariu