The Saint Paul District Councils, established by a City Council resolution in 1975, are a group of autonomous non-profit organizations tasked with increasing community engagement among their communities. Under contract to receive City funds, District Councils must submit annual work plans and report on progress toward outlined goals twice during the year, in addition to various counts regarding participation levels. Recognizing funders’ increasing evaluation requirements, District Councils sought more meaningful measures and to develop a shared vision.
Data regarding community values, current evaluation practices, and hopes for new methods was gathered through a survey, stakeholder interviews, and a facilitated group mapping session. Common District Council values guided a literature review of sources regarding relevant theories and techniques.
Conducted on behalf of the Saint Paul District Councils. Supported by the Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program, a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota.
Lykes Frostman, Carly.
Saint Paul District Councils: An Exploration of Current & Promising Evaluation Practices.
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