Program evaluation during (and after) COVID-19: Demonstrating impact while adjusting to a novel context and planning for the future

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the way society functions, including funding and expectations for nonprofits and social service programs. The evaluation of those programs must also be adjusted, but the unprecedented nature of the present moment means that guidance is hard to find. Fortunately, this novelty also presents opportunities for changes or growth in the evaluation of your programs. In this webinar, Dr. Patrick S. Tennant will present core evaluation strategies that are applicable in any situation (even this one) and the ways they can help you to innovate and demonstrate your impact.

This session is brought to you through a partnership with United Way of Greater Houston and the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Rice University.


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About the Presenter

headshot_patricktennantPatrick S. Tennant, Ph.D., is a project manager focusing on children’s mental health at the Baker Institute Center for Health and Biosciences and a project manager of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute. Tennant’s work in the mental health field as a researcher, evaluator, consultant and clinician has focused on combining methodological and analytic rigor with direct clinical experience to bridge the gap between research and practice.

Prior to joining the Baker Institute, he was a research partner of the Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing and a practicing family therapist with a nonprofit counseling center. Tennant holds a B.A. in psychology from Loyola University New Orleans, an M.S. in marriage and family therapy from Northwestern University, an M.A. and Ph.D. in human development and family sciences from The University of Texas at Austin, and is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Texas.



About the Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership


At the Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership, we envision a vibrant philanthropic sector in which nonprofit organizations achieve their missions and people are inspired to give and serve. Our mission is to increase the effectiveness and impact of the nonprofit sector by providing education and nurturing leadership among professionals and those who support the work of nonprofit organizations. Since its inception, the center has served more than 1,100 nonprofit organizations.



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