In fact, during the recent recession, the director of the local county Department of Human Services said SETS was the deciding factor in their giving Merge Education’s afterschool program a four-year contract.
SETS has received a comprehensive update yet it’s still the practical, down-to-earth tool small and mid-size nonprofits love.
In Joanne Fritz’s post “How Nonprofits Benefit From Measuring Outcomes” at thebalancesmallbusiness Fritz states:
Demand keeps growing for nonprofits to provide proof that what they are doing accomplishes something. All stakeholders of charities should have ample access to information about the organizations to which they donate, volunteer for, and from which they seek services.
Data is everywhere. That’s why charitable nonprofits must come to grips with explaining their results and their social impact.
This demand for data has grown steadily over the years, so it’s no longer a question of “if” you should evaluate, it’s a question of “how” you should evaluate. SETS makes sense to afterschool teachers because it asks questions they feel are relevant. How are students learning? How’s their focus, their persistence, their ability to understand directions? SETS is practical, so teachers enjoy using it.
SETS also shows funders that your program is unique in how it addresses students’ individual needs. So, not only will you have great stories to share … you’ll have the data to back them up!
Give SETS a try. You may well come to see SETS as a life preserver for your after-school program.