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Local Economic Development Program Planning: An Evaluation Toolkit for the South Valley Economic Development Center

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Local Economic Development Program Planning: An Evaluation Toolkit for the South Valley Economic Development Center

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dc.contributor.author McKenna de Mejia, M.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-14T22:16:04Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-14T22:16:04Z
dc.date.issued 2012-11-14
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/21523
dc.description.abstract Entering its sixth year of operation, the South Valley Economic Development Center (SVEDC) has served over 900 entrepreneurs in various capacities, such as environmental health trainings, providing low-cost rental space, and offering guidance on business development. Established to meet the economic needs of the South Valley of Bernalillo County, New Mexico, the SVEDC originated out of community organizing efforts around economic development, land use, and infrastructure planning. Through these original efforts, the Rio Grande Community Development Corporation (RGCDC), with the help of other local groups, assessed the local economic needs and determined that business incubation program was the appropriate response to those needs. In addition to coming up with the idea, the RGCDC and other groups successfully lobbied for local government support for the program and raised significant funds to finance the construction of a building to house the program. After these first five years, it seems an appropriate time to evaluate the program’s progress so far in accomplishing its goals. Therefore, the principal contribution of this project was to create an evaluation framework for RGCDC for use in ongoing program evaluation. More specifically, to contribute to internal evaluation and planning, the defining purposes of this project were to: (1) Develop an incubator-wide evaluation framework to be used by the RGCDC to assess the SVEDC’s development. (2) Implement early stages of the evaluation framework to lay the groundwork for future ongoing data collection and evaluation. (3) Provide process recommendations based on the findings of the initial evaluation. (4) Present next steps for how to use this document for future program evaluations. In order to develop and implement the evaluation framework, the evaluator consulted with different SVEDC stakeholders, including original founding members of the center, current staff and administration, current program participants, and former program participants. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Raza planning en_US
dc.subject Latina/o planning en_US
dc.subject South Valley Economic Development Center en_US
dc.subject Business incubation program en_US
dc.subject Rio Grande Community Development Corporation en_US
dc.subject Theory of change model en_US
dc.subject Program evaluation model en_US
dc.title Local Economic Development Program Planning: An Evaluation Toolkit for the South Valley Economic Development Center en_US
dc.type Other en_US


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