As a CreditSmart instructor, it is important to evaluate the success of your initiative and share your success stories with the community, local media, and Freddie Mac.
- Did you reach the goals set at the beginning of the initiative?
- Did you reach the number of people you expected?
- Did you meet the expectations of your funders, your board, your management?
- Did you identify areas for improvement? Lessons learned?
- Will you continue the program?
Tools for Measuring Your Success
- Workshop Sign-In Sheet to track number of participants
- Workshop Evaluation Form to gather feedback from participants
- Trainer evaluation
- Anecdotes from participants
Celebrating Your Success
It is important to share the news of your successful CreditSmart initiative with your constituents, clients, members, board members, funders, and supporters. Some ideas for sharing the good news are as follows:
- Host a reception or other event for CreditSmart graduates and your supporters.
- Develop a news release to announce success stories or other anecdotes from your program.
- Did any of your participants buy a home? Did any of your participants reach milestones related to establishing credit, etc.? Include them in your Success Stories.
- Send an e-mail or letter to your participants, funders, and other key supporters such as elected officials to thank them for their support.
- Write an article on your Web site and in your newsletter about the program.
- Report results and outcomes to your stakeholders (board members, managers, funders, supporters, elected officials, other community-based organizations, etc.).
- Invite your participants to spread the word to others in your community, and provide them with key points to reinforce the message.