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We are constantly sifting through hundreds of tools, templates, websites, and resources around logic models, data collection, visualization, research and evaluation. Sometimes, we find tools we really like and other times we create our own. The resources below are some of our favorites.
Logic Models and Evaluation
Theory of Change and Logic Model Worksheet
Program Evaluation - Essential Steps
A short fact sheet explaining the most important considerations for evaluation.
This short assessment is intended to help you identify the extent to which your organizational culture supports being data-informed.
DIP report on Maine foundations' evaluation expectations
Check out our report, “Performance Measurement in Maine’s Social Sector: The Intersection of Philanthropy and Nonprofits”
for an inquiry into the evaluation and performance measurement expectations among funders and grantees.
Infographics Tip Sheet
Tips for creating infographics and online resources.
Data Visualization Checklist
Here is a great checklist to help you make better charts from Stephanie Evergreen and Ann Emery.
Using Excel: Quick Reference Guide
A 2-page reference guide for MS Excel that covers the basic fundamentals, how-tos, commands and shortcuts.
Basics of Tableau
Lots of people are talking about Tableau — learn more about what Tableau is and how you might use it.
Data Collection Tools
Likert-Type Scale Response Anchors
Save yourself some time! A great compilation of 5 and 7 point scales from Wade Vagais at Clemson University.
Comparing Online Survey Tools
A quick comparison of 10 common online survey tools from PC Magazine.
Interviews and Focus Groups Tip Sheet
A short guide comparing focus groups and interviews, including a “checklist.”
How to Conduct a Focus Group
A helpful 13-page guide from Eliot & Associates that walks you through the entire process, including tips for conducting a focus group and sample consent forms.
Sample Interview and Focus Group Protocols (Editable)
Three example interview and focus group protocols that you can tailor to meet your need.
Focus Group Notes Template (Editable)
A template for taking notes at a focus group to ensure you get the detail you need.
Tips for Working with Protected Data
The Data Scan is a repository of accessible, free, reputable, and relevant data sources from around the State of Maine. It is in an Excel spreadsheet and can be e-mailed to you at no cost by filling out the form below. Please take a look at our How to Use Guide to find out more.
Data Source Feature: American FactFinder
Learn more about how to use the American FactFinder to find data on your community.
Quick Tips for Advanced Search in FactFinder
Learn more about some quick tips on how to get the best results from the huge amount of data within the American FactFinder.
Data Source Feature: County Health Rankings
Learn more about the health of the US, Maine, and each county.
Data Dive: Early Education in Maine
Learn more about where to find data and reports on Early Education in Maine.
Data Dive: Seniors and Aging in Maine
Learn more about where to find data and reports on Seniors and Aging in Maine.