Principles of Community Development – #4

Continuing a series of posts looking at the 5 principles that govern the Harlem Children’s Zone model…

Principle 4: Evaluation

Evaluation is a key part of everything we do at HCZ. It drives program improvements, helps to identify needed enhancements, and provides managers with real-time decision-making data. Too often, evaluation is seen as a function externally imposed on community-based organizations, something forced on them by funders or policy-makers. We have brought evaluation deep inside the workings of our organization, using it as a critical tool in a process of continual self-examination and improvement. Treating evaluation as an ally to be enlisted in our success helps us to build intellectual capital and to continually refine and upgrade our performance.

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