Most people know that program evaluation is important, yet they are intimidated at the thought of actually conducting an evaluation. It is important to be able to measure effectiveness and other indicators of performance in your program to help with fundraising and demonstrating the need for services. This Program Evaluation training will give you the practical skills to conduct an evaluation and take some of the fear out of the process!


The training will be delivered online over the course of 5 weeks, beginning on July 2 and is intended for those who work in a victim services organization who are or will be conducting a program evaluation. Each week, except for the introductory week, will include a facilitated webinar. Additionally, there are recommended readings and videos as well as written assignments. You should expect to spend about an hour per week on these in addition to attending the 75 minute webinar. CEUs will be awarded for those who complete all requirements. This training is part of the NVAA Effective Management Series and like all of OVC TTAC’s trainings, there is no cost to attend.


Please note: Space is limited. Apply today to reserve your space.


HeadshotBarbara Paradiso
Denver, Colorado

Barbara Paradiso has worked on behalf of victims of domestic and sexual violence for more than 30 years as an advocate, administrator, and activist. She is the founder and director of the Center on Domestic Violence at the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver). She is responsible for the development and maintenance of a groundbreaking center for original research, service, and graduate level educational programming, the first of its kind in the nation, training individuals in interpersonal violence program management and public policy. She holds primary responsibility for developing and implementing all evaluation strategies used by the Center on Domestic Violence to assess outcomes. Ms. Paradiso has provided training and technical assistance on program evaluation for domestic violence service programs throughout Colorado for more than five years. In 2017, she oversaw the successful completion of a one year project funded by the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice to enhance the capacity of victim service providers to assess the effectiveness of their work and use that data to inform program development. Ms. Paradiso received her master’s degree in Public Administration from CU Denver in 2008.  

HeadshotMelissa Riley
New Laguna, New Mexico

Melissa Riley (Mescalero Apache), Ph.D., is the owner/principal of Native Community Development Associates, LLC, of New Mexico and serves as a consultant to several national/state/tribal agencies and public/private organizations. Dr. Riley has managed federal projects within the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) such as the national Counseling and Faith-Based Services for Crime Victims in Indian Country (CFBSCV-IC) Training and Technical Assistance Grant and the Children’s Justice Act (CJA) Partnership in Indian Country Training and Technical Assistance Grant. The two DOJ, OVC-funded projects involved assessing grantee needs, evaluating training and technical services, and recording/analyzing performance measures for project sustainability. She has successfully served as one of the instructors for previous iterations of the NVAA Effective Management Series, Program Evaluation training. She received her Ph.D. from New Mexico State University.

Dates and Time

All webinars are conducted on Fridays from 3:00–4:15 p.m. (eastern time). The sessions are recorded, so if you are unable to participate in the live webinar, you will be able to listen to the recording.

Introductory Week: What is Program Evaluation?, Week of July 2 (no webinar).

Week 1: Foundations for Program Evaluation, July 9–13, webinar on July 13.

Week 2: Preparing for Program Evaluation: Developing a Program Evaluation Plan, July 16–20, webinar on July 20.

Week 3: Implementing the Program Evaluation: Focus on Data Collection, July 23–27, webinar on July 27.

Week 4: Analyzing Evaluation Data and Using it To Tell Your Program's Story, July 30–August 3, webinar on August 3.

For more information about this training, please email nvaa@ovcttac.org.

*OVC TTAC’s instructors have no vested interest in any products, instruments, devices, or materials that may be used in this training.

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