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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.


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.

The Manager's Guide to Program Evaluation

A book cover includes the words The Manager's Guide to Program Evaluation: Planning, Contracting, and Managing for Useful Results in a white box that overlays a large circle with abstract drawings of filing cabinets and tape measures, with words like outcomes and effectiveness hand lettered throughout. In the bottom corner is a yellow star that contains words Revised Second Edition. Below that is the authors name: Paul W. Mattessich, Ph.D.

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.

Michael Quinn Patton, Founder and CEO of Utilization-Focused Evaluation

Collaboration Factors Inventory

Collaboration: What Makes It Work by Paul Mattessich and Kirsten Johnson of the Wilder Foundation

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.

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

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.

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