Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Capstone: Campus Only Access

Degree Name

Master of Nonprofit Studies

First Advisor

Abbi Haggerty


Developing and implementing a program evaluation process is vital to the success of nonprofit organizations, including youth development nonprofit organizations. However, the motivation to develop and implement program evaluation varies and may have an impact on future program implementations. This study was designed to understand the motivational factors of conducting program evaluations within youth development nonprofit organizations and how this impacts future programming. This study was conducted through a multiple choice and short answer survey. The survey yielded thirty-one (31) responses from program directors within a national youth development organization. Responses were categorized and coded according to theme. Research found that serving the youth population and the nonprofit’s community, making improvements to current programs, and securing funding were the most popular motivational factors. Program evaluations have varying degrees of implications on the organization’s stakeholders that are worth exploring in the future.