Interested in Becoming a Volunteer Evaluator with AaEA?
Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer evaluator with the Atlanta-area Evaluation Association’s (AaEA) pro-bono committee. AaEA supports the important work of community organizations by offering nonprofit organizations in-kind assistance in program planning and evaluation. Our approach is to facilitate a partnership between evaluators and the nonprofit organization by matching the expertise of evaluators with the needs of nonprofit organizations.
Although this is a volunteer position, nonprofit organizations rely on your commitment to the project. Please only begin working on a pro-bono project if you are able to commit to and stay on through the entire time frame of the project. Although we will make every effort to match volunteers with nonprofits, completing this application does not guarantee a position.
Volunteer Evaluator Roles and Responsibilities
- The AaEA Pro-Bono Committee will match evaluators with a non-profit organization through the application process. Matching will be based on the needs, interests, and/or expertise of both parties.
- The volunteer evaluator will be part of an evaluation team. The team will consist of the volunteer evaluator, other volunteer evaluators depending on the scope of the project, the non-profit organization, and a Team Lead (i.e., someone with extensive experience in evaluation).
- Evaluators and non-profit staff will be partners in all aspects of the evaluation work; evaluators will rely on the in-depth and detailed knowledge non-profit staff have about their programs.
- Evaluators may design, implement, and/or guide common evaluation activities. Examples of pro-bono evaluation projects include:
- Developing logic models
- Conducting needs assessments
- Designing surveys, interview guides, or other data collection instruments
- Collecting data (quantitative or qualitative)
- Analyzing existing data
- Facilitating data driven program planning
- Leading evaluation trainings for staff.
- As a volunteer evaluator, you will be required to participate in the following:
- Attend Introduction to Evaluation/What to Expect When You’re Evaluating (Optional)
- Attend Orientation Kick-Off/Working Meeting
- March-June 2016: Work with non-profit organization on an evaluation project
- Complete end-of-project evaluation about your experience
- Present work at Evaluation Showcase Event (if non-profit chooses)
Private Data and Confidentiality:
- AaEA would like to foster a safe work environment for both the volunteer evaluator and the non-profit organization. Do not work with identifiable/private data as part of your project.
- Prior to publically sharing any part of your pro-bono work, obtain written approval from the non-profit organization.
- Please notify your Team Lead in the case that concerns over confidentiality/private data come up while working on your project.
- As evaluators, our work is guided by professional principles and standards. The AaEA Pro-Bono Committee expects volunteer evaluators to adhere to these principles and standards as they work with nonprofit organizations.
We are not accepting applications at this time. If you would like to be notified when applications open, or if you are interested in helping plan and coordinate AaEA’s Pro-Bono Program, please fill out the following short form.