Program Development and Evaluation Series - Spring 2024
This event takes place on the following dates
1/10/2024 at 9:00 AM
1/17/2024 at 9:00 AM
1/24/2024 at 9:00 AM
1/31/2024 at 9:00 AM

Program Development and Evaluation Series - Spring 2024
Wednesdays - Jan 10, 17, 24, and 31 from 9am to 12pm PST

Design thoughtful programs and earn your Program Development and Evaluation Certification. As your organization prepares for a post-pandemic resurgence, now is the time to plan new programs and improve your existing offerings.
Nonprofit organizations need to design thoughtful programs that garner stakeholder support and achieve high impacts. From needs assessments and environmental scans to stakeholder engagement, you must thoroughly understand all the steps necessary to design, implement, and evaluate successful programs.
Delivered via Zoom, CVNL’s Program Development & Program Evaluation Certificate will make you an expert in program design, enable your organization to fulfill its mission, and provide you with several training advantages:

  • Comprehensive end-to-end content
  • Opportunities to collaborate with a cohort of your peers
  • Direct access to an expert willing to consult about your unique program needs
Session 1: Need Assessment, Best Practices, and Program Description
(Wednesday, January 10 from 9 am to 12 pm PST)
The foundation of a strong program description is based on a need assessment and best practices in the field of your program. This course will dive deeper into specific structures and processes of your program. Session will cover:
  • The process to conduct a need assessment
  • Understanding who the program will benefit
  • Exploring the resources needed from internal and external environments
  • Determine best practices and Theory of Change
Session 2: Designing Quality Programs
(Wednesday, January 17 from 9 am to 12 pm PST)
Designing quality programs requires clear description to allow for the team to easily create and implement services. This course will define clearly the specific structures and processes of your program. Session will cover:
  • Create a logic model
  • Create program description
  • Develop a programs’ goals & objectives
  • Develop project timeline
Session 3: Developing an evaluation plan
(Wednesday, January 24 from 9 am to 12 pm PST)
Program evaluation helps you understand the effectiveness of your program. What kind of analysis will the information require? The session will cover the following topics:
  • Define evaluation questions and evaluation boundaries
  • Find out the difference between formative vs summative evaluation.
  • Learn about data collection methods including surveys and interviews.
Session 4: Evaluation data management
(Wednesday, January 31 from 9 am to 12 pm PST)
This session focuses on the process to manage, analyze and report your data. Learn about how to benefit your program fundraising, and organizational development goals with the data. This session includes the following:
  • How to code your data
  • The process to implement data entry and analyze the data
  • Report the evaluation results


  • 10% discount for groups of 3 of more registering from the same organization, OR
  • 10% discount for organizations with budget size < $750K, OR
  • $150 early bird discount (Early Bird Deadline: Dec 2; Early Bird discount rate automatically applied)

BIPOC Scholarship:
BIPOC scholarship is available for BIPOC participants of nonprofit organizations. Priorities are given to CVNL members.  Scholarship recipients do not have to be from a CVNL member organization. 

Please email Ling Tang at for a discount code BEFORE you register for the program.
NOTE: In order for participants to earn certificates and eBadges for the L&L programs, they must attend at least 80% of the sessions, e.g. if there are five sessions to the series, the participant may only miss one session and still earn the certificate and eBadges. 

Cancellation policy: If plans change and you are no longer able to attend, we will transfer your enrollment and payment to the next program cycle. Funds must be applied and used within a 6 (six) month period. We do not offer refunds.

CVNL is pleased to partner with MissionQuest to offer this Program Development & Program Evaluation Certificate. MissionQuest has earned a reputation for success by partnering with hundreds of organizations in achieving their goals.

Program faculty: Dr. Lynette Johnson and Dr. Theresa Lu

With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Lynette Johnson stands at the intersection of lived experience, direct service, management, and policy. She has developed programs and conducted program evaluation for nonprofit organizations and public sectors in areas such as homelessness, veteran’s services, workforce development, childcare subsidies, public housing, and city government. Her passion is serving others through the development of programs that are human-centered and impactful. Outside of her work at MissionQuest, Dr. Johnson teaches at Purdue University Global and Grand Canyon University.

Dr. Johnson holds a BA Degree in Sociology and Urban Studies from Loyola Marymount University, where she also minored in Political Science. She holds an MA in Nonprofit Management from Antioch University Los Angeles and has her EdD in Organizational Leadership.

Theresa Lu is the founder and CEO of MissionQuest. A leader in the field of organizational development and change management, she has helped transform hundreds of thriving organizations and thousands of inspiring leaders to optimal performance for over 25 years. MissionQuest’s recent organizational highlights include a health access program evaluation project for five states, capacity building for a multinational private sector firm, and a $16 million workforce development grant.

Dr. Lu frames DEI within a context of change management. She meets her clients where they are. By addressing implicit bias, normalism, and power, she believes we can change our knowledge, behaviors, and attitudes.

Dr. Lu teaches a variety of courses including organizational development and assessment, diversity and inclusion, strategic planning, research methods, and grantsmanship. She has been faculty at the University of Southern California, Alliant International University, and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She co-authored Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion In Action and Total Domination: Millions from Grants.

Dr. Lu grew up in Southern California and received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Irvine, her master’s degree and Ph.D. in counseling psychology at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

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