Evaluating Program Efficacy:
The Community Engagement Quantitative Boot Camp
The “Community Organization Assessment” Boot Camp is a 3-day retreat for the Sociology Advanced Data Analysis course in which students complete an impact evaluation for a nonprofit community organization. The program, developed by Dr. Delia Deckard, completes all data analysis of test, survey and outcome information for the partner entity, at no cost. The availability of findings enriches our partner’s activities in grant-seeking, process improvement, and client assistance. In the Spring 2017 program, students used statistical and geo-spatial analysis to evaluate client service areas, demographic breakdowns, relative efficacy by client group and establish continued patterns of need. A full report was returned to the partner organization for their use.