Resources and Tools
Data and resources to help your organization answer questions and evaluate your work.
Find data and trends on Minnesota, free evaluation resources and tips, and tools to assess your collaboration or initiative.
Now Available: The Manager's Guide to Program Evaluation
This book describes what types of information to collect and what questions this information can answer, details the four phases of evaluation and the steps involved in each phase, and provides information on various types of research consultants and advice on selecting one.
If you are an organization manager, decision maker, policymaker, funder, researcher, or student studying applied social service research, this guide is an essential resource for your knowledge of effective organizational management.
For managers committed to evidence-informed decision-making, no better book on evaluation exists.
Minnesota Compass: Data and trends on quality of life issues
Minnesota Compass tracks and analyzes trends in topics that affect our quality of life. Compass gives everyone in our state a common foundation to identify, understand, and act on issues that affect our communities. Get the latest data and trends on education, economy and workforce, health, housing, public safety, and more.
Explore these Minnesota Compass features
- Build Your Own Custom Profile Tool
Find the data you need about a specific area, community, zip code, county and more.
- Racial Equity Resource Directory
A searchable directory of racial equity programs and training providers that can help your organization combat racism and increase cultural competence.
- Leadership Program Directory
A searchable directory of local and national programs that help you develop your leadership potential.
- Leadership Toolkit
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies and practices in the workplace that have been found to make an impact.
- Data Insights
Timely articles examining the issues and trends affecting the people and communities of Minnesota.
Collaboration Factors Inventory
A free tool to assess how your collaboration is doing on 22 research-tested success factors. The inventory takes about 15 minutes to complete. Distribute the inventory to a small group of leaders in your collaborative, during a general meeting, or via mail to all members; tally your score manually or online.
- Buy Collaboration: What Makes it Work, A Review of Research Literature on Factors Influencing Successful Collaboration (3rd ed.), for an in-depth review of collaboration research and to learn more about the inventory.
- See additional resources for collaboration in the online companion to the 3rd edition of the book.
- View the inventory, a 44-item list of collaboration factors.
Find reliability and validity information in: Bonach, K., & Witham, D. H. (2018). Exploring perceived collaboration between children's advocacy centers and rape crisis centers in Pennsylvania. Sociological Viewpoints, 32(1), 37-57. https://www.pasocsociety.net/_files/ugd/610494_dce3b0869c1f452e825ab8b62555d3eb.pdf
This RAND study also reports reliability data for the instrument.
Permission to use the inventory is granted for private, non-commercial, and education purposes only. All use requires an acknowledgement of the source and author of the work. No resale use may be made of the inventory without written permission.
Program Evaluation Tips
Advocating with Personal Stories: An Evaluation ToolkitThis step-by-step guide is for storyteller advocates interested in doing evaluation work on their own. Read the report »
Infusing Equity and Cultural Responsiveness in Local Youth Substance Use Prevention EffortsDesigned for Minnesota prevention professionals, this toolkit includes worksheets, case studies, additional resource to guide your work. Read the report »
Trauma-Informed Evaluation: Tip Sheet for Collecting InformationIncorporating a trauma-informed approach to collecting information from clients serves as a universal precaution ensuring you approach sensitive topics carefully. Read the report »
Metrics for Healthy Communities
Designed with cross-sector collaboration in mind, Metrics for Healthy Communities is a site to get you started in planning for and measuring the impact of initiatives funded and developed to improve community health and well-being.
Related: Metrics for Healthy Communities: A tool for leaders of community health initiatives
evaluATOD: Evaluation Resources and Tools
evaluATOD offers free evaluation resources and tools for professionals working to promote health and well-being through prevention efforts.
Family and Community Engagement Tools
Use the Family and Community Engagement Tools to assess the current level of child development, program quality, and family and community engagement from the perspective of family and community knowledge systems.